PRESCOTT, Ariz. –A pair of two-run homers by Zach Huffins provided the difference as the Arizona Western College Matadors outslugged the Yavapai RoughRiders in game one before falling in the late game Tuesday afternoon at Yavapai.
Huffins two, two-run homers provided the difference while Justin Greene and Sammy Hackl hit back-to-back homers as the Matadors used a four-run, three-homer seventh inning to secure a 12-8 victory in game one.
The Matadors struck first with five run second inning. Ramon Miranda started the inning with a double and scored on a pair of balks. After Greene walked, Hackl doubled him home. Courtesy runner Arjun Huerta scored on Anthony Guzman’s RBI single. Huffins capped the inning with his first home run of the day.
Yavapai made it a ballgame in the bottom of the third with a four-run inning against Matador Starter Chris Koeiman. Koeiman and the Matador defense preserved the lead and the offense padded it in a pair of innings.
The Matadors snagged an unearned run in the fourth before Anthony Guzman’s two-run double pushed the lead to 8-4.
But the RoughRiders struck for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull it back to a two-run game.
Greene and Hackl led off the seventh with their back-to-back homers and Huffins capped the inning with his second homer of the game.
The insurance proved needed as Yavapai struck for two in the bottom of the seventh but Koeiman finished the complete game effort for the 12-8 victory.
Game two saw the RoughRiders chip away against Matador starter Robert Gonzalez.
Yavapai’s second inning started with a runner reaching on catcher’s interference. After a walk, single, and a double the RoughRiders had a 3-0 lead.
Three hits and two runs into the bottom of the fifth by the RoughRiders were enough to chase Gonzalez from the game before Angelo Wicklert struck out the final batter of the inning.
Trailing 5-0, the Matadors got their lone run against Yavapai starter Trey Morrill when Miranda and Greene each hit doubles in the sixth, plating Miranda.
But Yavapai got that run back in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
The RoughRiders pushed across two more runs in the seventh against the Matador bullpen to make it 8-1. That score would hold up despite the Matadors tallying 11 hits in the ballgame, four of which came in the final three innings.
The Matadors are now 33-13 on the season and 18-10 in conference play. Yavapai is now 29-11 overall, 19-9 in the ACCAC.
Saturday, the Matadors return home to host South Mountain for an ACCAC double-header beginning at noon.
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.