A big week lies ahead for the Yavapai College baseball team as it is set to host the Pima Community College Aztecs and Cochise College Apaches. All three teams are vying for a spot in the region playoffs with this week’s games set to make a huge impact in the standings.
Baseball begins on Tuesday with a doubleheader at noon in Prescott, Arizona, at Roughrider Park where Yavapai is set to take on the Pima Community College Aztecs. After a few off days, the Roughriders then host the Cochise College Apaches at noon on Saturday. All four games will have live streaming and live stats available on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Currently in fifth place in the ACCAC standings, Pima is 30-14 overall this season with a 17-11 mark in conference play. Last time out, the Aztecs swept No. 1-ranked Central Arizona College. Pima and Yavapai also split earlier this season on February 15 with YC taking game one 14-10 before falling 16-7 in game two.
Currently in third place in the ACCAC standings, Cochise is 33-13 overall this season with a 19-9 mark in conference play. Before heading to Prescott on Saturday, the Apaches will host Central on Tuesday. Cochise swept Yavapai earlier this season on February 19 with scores of 3-2 and 7-4.
Yavapai falls in between the Aztecs and Apaches in the ACCAC standings at fourth place. With a split at Chandler-Gilbert and sweep of Scottsdale Post Grad last week, the Roughriders pushed their overall record to 29-12-1 and conference record to 17-9.
Player To Watch
Freshman righty Jackson Thomas has been lights out in his last three starts, earning the win in all three with five-or-more innings pitched and one-or-less runs allowed in each outing as well.
One Last Thing
10 of Yavapai’s final 12 regular-season games take place at Roughrider Park where the Roughriders have built a 15-1 record this season.
– D.J. Irwin