YUMA, Ariz. – The Matadors offense broke through in the latter half of both games during a split against Chandler-Gilbert Tuesday afternoon at Kamman Field.
The Matadors offense broke open the scoring after the fourth inning of game one to back starter Ramon Miranda’s complete game effort in a 6-2 victory.
Arizona Western got the first run of the game in the fourth utilizing Sammy Hackl’s walk, a Chandler-Gilbert error, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch to get courtesy runner Arjun Huerta across.
Justin Greene belted a three-run homer in the fifth, plating Tyson Zamora and Carlos Arellano, extending the lead to four.
The Matadors added two more in the sixth after Christian Castellanos doubled and scored after Robbie Wilkes and Zamora eached singled. Wilkes came home on a defensive miscue by the Coyotes.
Miranda, meanwhile, kept the Coyotes off the board. He navigated around three walks and two hits, surrendering a third hit on a two-run homer in the seventh for CGCC’s only runs.
The Matadors dug themselves a deep hole in game two as a pair of five run innings for the Coyotes made it 10-1 after five and half.
But Arizona Western made their comeback in the bottom of the sixth rallying for six runs in the inning. The inning started with a pair of walks in front of Miranda’s single to load the bases. A pair of walks and a pair of walks forced in two runs for Arizona Western while Wilkes and Arellano each had RBI hits in the inning. Greene delivered a sac fly.
The Coyotes got two runs back in the top of the seventh and a single run in the ninth to lead 13-7 into the bottom of the inning.
Down to their final three outs, Hackl led the inning off with a double. Miranda doubled the run home. Wilkes walked and Miranda scored on an error before Zach Huffins belted a three-run homer with two outs.
But with nobody on, the Matadors rally fell short, losing 13-12.
The Matadors are now 14-5, 6-2 in ACCAC play. Arizona Western is back in action Friday for a single home game against Vancouver Island at 2pm.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.