The Yavapai College baseball team earned two wins on Saturday afternoon at Roughrider Park, defeating the Langley Blaze 17-2 and 7-0. Overall, the Roughriders are now 20-9-1 and 10-6 within the ACCAC. Winners of 10-straight, YC also capped off a perfect 8-0 homestand this past week.
The Roughrider bats were relentless in their game-one run-rule victory, scoring 12 times in the first, twice in the second, once in the third and twice in the fourth. The Blaze tallied two runs in the top of the fourth to bring the final score to 17-2.
At the plate, freshman utility man Ben Zeigler, redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer, sophomore infielder Kade York, freshman infielder Rocco Gump and sophomore catcher Alton Gyselman all had two hits while sophomore infielder Travis Warinner, sophomore utility man JT Taylor, redshirt-freshman outfielder Jack Nehls, sophomore utility man Jo Stevens and redshirt-sophomore outfielder Amari Bartee all had one.
Gump, Taylor and Gyselman all left the yard in game one while Zeigler doubled twice and Gump, Nehls and Rimmer all doubled once.
On the mound, redshirt-sophomore lefty Cal Lambert pitched all five innings with 12 strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
Yavapai dominated once more in game two with a 7-0 final, scoring twice in the second, third and fifth and once in the fourth.
On the mound, freshman lefty Nick Woodcock got the start and went four scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed. Freshman righty Cayden Collins, sophomore righty Ben Staiger and sophomore righty Tyler Davis all followed with scoreless and hitless innings of work with Collins striking out three, Staiger striking out two and Davis striking out two.
At the plate, freshman utility man Barrett Skaugrud led the way with a 3-for-3 effort that included four RBIs. Freshman infielder Ethan Thomas tallied two hits while freshman infielder Alex Ulloa and Nehls each had one.
Thomas, Ulloa and Nehls all launched solo homers in the game while Thomas added a double as well.
Yavapai is back on the diamond on Tuesday, March 22, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, where it will face the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas in an ACCAC doubleheader that is slated to start at noon.
– D.J. Irwin