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YC Baseball Hosts Gila Monsters

YC Baseball Hosts Gila Monsters, Vaqueros in Final Week of Regular Season

The final week of the regular season is here for the Yavapai College baseball team and it is set for matchups against Eastern Arizona College and Central Arizona College. 

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The Games

Baseball begins on Tuesday at noon at Roughrider Park where Yavapai will play the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters in its first doubleheader of the week. After a few off days, the No. 6-ranked Central Arizona College Vaqueros visit Prescott on Saturday for a doubleheader that starts at noon in what will be the regular-season finale for YC. 

All four games will have live stats and live streaming available on

The Gila Monsters

Eastern Arizona comes into its matchup with YC at 22-28 overall and 11-23 in the conference. Last time out, the Gila Monsters split with Central Arizona. The Roughriders and Gila Monsters previously matched up on March 1 in Thatcher, Arizona, where the teams split with EAC taking game one 5-4 and YC taking game two 3-2. 

The Vaqueros

Central Arizona comes into its matchup with YC ranked No. 6 in the NJCAA, 43-10 overall and 27-9 in the ACCAC. Before heading to Prescott on Saturday, Central will visit GateWay on Tuesday for a single night game. 

The Roughriders fell 7-5 to the Vaqueros on February 5 at the 2022 Zinger Bat Invitational, before splitting their matchup in Casa Grande on March 5 in which YC took game one 4-3 and Central took game two 15-5. 

The Roughriders

After sweeping No. 13-ranked Arizona Western and splitting with South Mountain last week, Yavapai comes into its week of baseball with a 34-15-1 overall record and 22-12 conference record. The Roughriders currently hold the fourth-place spot in the ACCAC standings with a two-game lead over Pima while also owning the tiebreaker with the Aztecs by virtue of winning the season series. 

With four games left on the regular-season schedule for the Roughriders, two wins in any capacity this week will clinch a spot in the NJCAA Region 1 Playoffs which starts on May 5. 

Players To Watch

Yavapai’s 2-3-4 hitters: sophomore utility man JT Taylor, redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer and freshman utility man Ben Zeigler all own batting averages above .385 and have proven to be a force this season. Look for the trio to drive the offense to a playoff spot this week. 

One Last Thing

With five homers last week, Rimmer owns 18 longballs this season with the next-closest in the conference at 12. 

– D.J. Irwin


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