The Yavapai College baseball team hosted the GateWay Community College Geckos on Saturday afternoon and left the ballpark with a 12-2 win in game one and 13-8 win in game two. The victories pushed the Roughriders’ overall record to 26-11-1 and conference record to 16-8.
Freshman utility man Barrett Skaugrud got the start in game one and went the distance with six innings of two-run ball, eight strikeouts and four hits allowed.
After the Geckos scored in the top of the first, redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer hit a towering solo homer to center to tie things up in the bottom of the inning. Later in the frame, the Roughriders scored three runs on a wild pitch to take a 4-1 lead.
Rimmer brought home another run in the bottom of the second with a double, however, GateWay got that run back with a solo shot of their own in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the fourth, Rimmer continued to punish the Geckos as he smoked a two-run double down the left field line to put YC up 7-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Roughriders loaded the bases and scored twice on an RBI double to left from sophomore utility man Jo Stevens and three times on a no-doubt three-run homer off the bat of redshirt-sophomore outfielder Amari Bartee to end the contest with a walk-off run-rule victory.
At the plate, Rimmer led the way with three hits while sophomore infielder JT Taylor, freshman utility man Ben Zeigler and Stevens all had two. Sophomore infielder Travis Warinner, Bartee, freshman infielder Rocco Gump and sophomore infielder Kade York all finished with one hit in game one.
The Roughriders took a quick 2-0 lead in game two in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Zeigler and sacrifice fly from Bartee.
The Geckos then countered with a run in the second and three runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead. YC would later tie the contest in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles from Warinner and Taylor.
Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, the Roughrider bats exploded for eight runs to take control of the contest. Freshman infielder Ethan Thomas smoked an RBI double to right to start the scoring off in the inning and was followed by a monster grand slam off the bat of Warinner to push the lead to 9-4.
Two batters after Warinner’s slam, Rimmer demolished another tape-measure shot to left to push the score to 11-4 in favor of YC. The eighth and final run of the fifth came on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Thomas.
While the Roughriders tallied another run in the bottom of the sixth, the Geckos showed no quit and launched a grand slam of their own in the top of the seventh to cut the Roughrider lead to 13-8.
That score would hold as the final, however, as GateWay failed to push any runs across in the eighth and ninth innings.
On the mound, freshman righty Cayden Collings pitched three innings of scoreless relief and struck out two. Freshman lefty Nick Woodcock also tossed two scoreless innings of relief while striking out three and sophomore righty Tyler Davis closed the game out with a scoreless ninth inning.
At the plate, Warinner and Taylor each had three hits while Thomas had two. Rimmer, Zeigler, Stevens and York all had one. Rimmer also tallied an impressive four walks in game two.
The Roughriders are back in action on Tuesday, April 5, in Gilbert, Arizona, where they will take on the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Coyotes in an ACCAC doubleheader that starts at noon.
– D.J. Irwin