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YC Baseball Takes On No. 17 Scottsdale And No. 10 Phoenix This Week

YC Baseball Takes On No. 17 Scottsdale And No. 10 Phoenix This Week

After splitting with the No. 1-ranked Central Arizona College Vaqueros over the weekend, the Yavapai College baseball team is back on the diamond four times this week, twice on the road against the No. 17-ranked Scottsdale Community College Artichokes and twice at home against the No. 10-ranked Phoenix College Bears. 

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The Games

Baseball begins on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Roughriders will take on the Artichokes with game one’s first pitch scheduled for noon. After a few off days, Yavapai finally welcomes fans back to Roughrider Park in Prescott, Arizona, on Saturday at noon for a doubleheader with the Bears. 

Both sets of doubleheaders will have live stats available on GoRoughriders.com/Live with Saturday’s home games also having live streaming available. 

The Artichokes

Ranked No. 17 in NJCAA Division II, Scottsdale comes into its doubleheader with Yavapai with an overall record of 16-4 and conference record of 7-4. Last week, the Artichokes swept Mesa and lost one game to GateWay. 

The Bears

Ranked No. 10 in NJCAA Division II, Phoenix comes into its matchup with the Roughriders with an overall record of 15-6 and conference record of 7-5. Before the Bears head to Prescott on Saturday, they will face South Mountain once on Tuesday and once on Wednesday. 

The Roughriders

Last time out, the Roughriders defeated the No. 1-ranked Central Arizona College Vaqueros 4-3 in game one, before falling 15-5 in game two. Of its five conference doubleheaders, Yavapai has split four of them and has been swept once for a conference record of 4-6 while having an overall record of 10-9-1.

At the plate, Ben Zeigler, Ryland Zaborowski, Amari Bartee, Travis Warinner, Rocco Gump, Kade York, Ethan Thomas, Sean Rimmer and Alton Gyselman all boast batting averages of .285+ with Rimmer leading the way in homers (four) and RBIs (15) and Bartee leading in doubles (5) in addition to his 11-game hitting streak. 

On the mound, Nate Ward leads the staff with a 2.03 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. Jace Taylor and Tyler Davis also own ERAs under 3.00 with over five innings pitched. Ethan Bell, Ben Staiger, Justin Hanson, Barrett Skaugrud, Ben Zeigler, Cal Lambert and Cayden Collins join Ward as YC arms that have double-digit strikeout totals so far this season. 

Player To Watch

Sophomore infielder Travis Warinner was hard to get out last weekend in Casa Grande, Arizona, as he went 5-for-6 with a triple in the doubleheader against Central. 

One Last Thing

After having played Central and with Scottsdale, Phoenix and Arizona Western as Yavapai’s next opponents, the Roughriders are in the middle of an eight-game stretch of playing nationally-ranked teams. 

– D.J. Irwin

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