The weather outside is heating up and so is the Yavapai College baseball team and luckily for home fans, the Roughriders play six games at home this week with doubleheaders scheduled for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Baseball starts on Tuesday at noon at Roughrider Park in Prescott, Arizona, where the Roughriders take on the No. 9-ranked Arizona Western College Matadors. After a couple of off days, Yavapai plays the Arizona Christian University Firestorm on Friday with game one’s first pitch also at noon, before they host the Langley Blaze on Saturday at noon.
All six home games will also have live streaming and live stats on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Arizona Western comes into its matchup with Yavapai ranked No. 9 in the country while leading the ACCAC standings. Overall, the Matadors are 23-3 with a 13-1 record in conference games.
Arizona Christian comes into its matchup with Yavapai with an 18-12 overall record.
The Langley Blaze are located in the city of Langley, British Columbia, and compete in the B. C. Premier Baseball League.
Yavapai comes into its busy week of baseball winners of five of its last six, including four wins in a row. After splitting with No. 1-ranked Central Arizona College on the road, the Roughriders swept No. 14-ranked Scottsdale on the road, before sweeping the No. 12-ranked Phoenix College Bears at home last weekend. Tuesday’s matchup with Arizona Western will be the seventh and eighth-consecutive games against ranked opponents for YC.
Player To Watch
Sophomore infielder Jo Stevens has been clutch of late for the Riders and has seen his batting average shoot up to .293 while also owning the second-most RBIs on the team with 15.
One Last Thing
In addition to this week’s homestand, the Roughriders will play 10 of their last 12 regular-season games at home this year, giving fans a great opportunity to come out to the ballpark and watch the team make a playoff push.
– D.J. Irwin