The Yavapai College baseball team headed south on Tuesday afternoon and left the valley with a split against the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas, winning game one 11-3 and falling in game two 12-2. The Roughriders now move to 21-10-1 overall this season with an 11-7 ACCAC record.
The Roughriders started game one with a bang and kept their foot on the gas pedal to cruise to an 11-3 victory.
The aforementioned hot start came in the form of a six-run first inning that featured a two-run double off the bat of redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer, RBI single from fellow redshirt-sophomore outfielder Amari Bartee and two-run single off the bat of sophomore catcher Alton Gyselman.
With a comfortable 6-0 lead out of the gate, sophomore righty Nate Ward was able to cruise to victory on the mound in game one as he went 5.2 innings with three runs allowed and five strikeouts.
The Pumas chipped away at the Yavapai lead with two runs in the bottom of the third and a single run in the bottom of the sixth, however, the Roughriders continued to add insurance runs throughout the contest.
In the top of the fourth, Rimmer hit an RBI single and sophomore infielder Travis Warinner did the same in the top of the fifth. In the top of the sixth, Bartee launched a two-run homer to left and was followed by an RBI single off the bat of redshirt-freshman outfielder Jack Nehls in the top of the seventh.
Freshman righty Cayden Collins pitched the final 1.1 innings of game one to secure the 11-3 victory.
At the plate, Warinner and Rimmer (two doubles) each had three hits while Bartee finished with two. Sophomore utility man JT Taylor, freshman utility man Ben Zeigler, Nehls, freshman infielder Rocco Gump, sophomore utility man Jo Stevens, Gyselman and sophomore infielder Kade York all finished with a hit as well.
The script was completely flipped on YC in game two as it fell behind early and eventually lost 12-2.
Paradise Valley scored twice in the first and second, four times in the fifth, once in the sixth and three times in the eighth. The Roughriders scored once in the fourth on a solo homer from Taylor and once in the sixth on an RBI single from freshman utility man Barrett Skaugrud.
Warinner and Bartee collected YC’s other two hits in game two.
The Roughriders are back on the diamond on Saturday, March 26, at home where they will host the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds in an ACCAC doubleheader that starts at noon.
– D.J. Irwin