YUMA, AZ – The Arizona Western College baseball team wrapped up its season over the weekend, but a few players can add postseason awards to cap outstanding seasons. Ace pitcher Carlos Vega was absolutely lights-out on the mound and was named to the All-ACCAC and Region I First Teams. Outfielder Landon Riker and catcher Makana Victorine both earned All-ACCAC and Region I Second Team spots.
Vega went 8-3 on the mound and earned a win in his final four appearances (three starts, one relief stint). The sophomore was nearly unhittable during that stretch and struck out 34 batters while only surrendering one walk, 16 hits and four runs in 23 innings. On the year, he led the ACCAC by averaging 12.21 strikeouts per nine innings. He boasted a 2.44 ERA in 66.1 innings and sported a 3.6:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Riker worked his way into the starting lineup early in the season and never left it, manning left field and center field for the Matadors. He hit .373 with a .461 on-base percentage and had 21 RBI and 38 runs scored. The freshman had 15 multi-hit games, with his best game coming against Phoenix College. He went 5-5 at the plate, knocked in six runs and scored two more runs himself in a 12-11 win. He finished second on the team with 14 doubles in 48 games.
Victorine worked both as a catcher and third baseman for the Matadors at times during the season. He hit .363 with a .419 on-base percentage in 43 games and had 15 multi-hit games. The sophomore hit .450 and scored seven runs in six games over the final week of the season. He finished the season with 20 runs scored and 20 RBI.
The Matadors finished the year 28-25 overall after splitting at South Mountain Community College on Saturday. The team went 7-1 down the stretch to close the year strong.