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Offense Powers Roughrider Baseball in Doubleheader Sweep

09 April 2017  
Caden Goldby (left) congratulates Dylan Enwiller after scoring in game two of a doubleheader against Mesa Community College at Roughrider Park on Saturday April 8th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughrider Baseball Scores A Combined 24 Runs in Doubleheader Sweep

PRESCOTT- The Yavapai College baseball team had the bats going on a windy Saturday afternoon at Roughrider Park, as the Roughriders swept the NJCAA Division Two #5 ranked Mesa Community College Thunderbirds with a 10-9 result in game one and a 14-5 blowout in game two.

“We needed two wins and we just did what we had to do,” said Cory Wills, who had two multi-hit games in the doubleheader sweep. “The practice this week was great, we all bought into what we did, and it just showed up today.”

In game one, Yavapai College put eight runs on the board in the first two innings and lead by six. However, Mesa Community College would hang a six-spot against Yavapai starter Zach Pederson in the fourth inning and tie the Roughriders; later taking the lead in the fifth inning with a un-earned run off reliever Trent Bixby.

The Roughriders would respond in their half of the fifth with one run and break the tie with a run in the sixth to secure the victory.

Andrew Gross picked up the win for Yavapai College, tossing a scoreless final 2 and 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and striking out two.

The Yavapai College pitching staff was backed by Caden Goldby and Carlos Viera who each went 3 for 3 while knocking in two. Adding to the effort was Jeddediah Fagg, Cory Wills and Jaxxon Fagg as each had two hits in the winning effort.

The bats kept rolling for Yavapai College in game two as a early first-inning one-run deficit would disappear with twelve Roughrider runners crossing the plate combined in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings while Mesa Community College could only score one.

Facing the possibility of a mercy-ruled result, Mesa Community College added three runs in the top of the seventh inning but Yavapai extended the lead with two more runs in the bottom half and kept the Thunderbirds scoreless the rest of the way home.

In the game two victory, Yavapai College smacked 18 hits and left the yard four times-with Dylan Enwiller and Dallas Tessar going back-to-back. Meanwhile, RJ Cordeiro was just one home run away from hitting for the cycle.

“They (Mesa Community College) were throwing the ball outside and we stuck to the plans of going the opposite way,” said Cordero, who ended the second contest going 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs.

Even with the cushion, Jake Kolterman was on his game tossing six innings allowing six hits and two runs while striking out three and walking two for the victory.

“Coming off of the win in game one, there’s an easy opportunity for a let down in game two,” said Roughrider baseball head coach Ryan Cougill. “Whenever you get a guy like Jake Kolterman on the mound to come out, then there’s less chance for a let down because the guy is going to be ready to go and give you a chance for a win.”

Yavapai College (26-18, 12-12 ACCAC) continues ACCAC action on the road Tuesday against Paradise Valley Community College with a doubleheader starting at noon.