YUMA, Ariz. – Seizing momentum from a big week the Arizona Western Matadors (15-9 overall, 6-6 ACCAC) earned their first conference sweep of the season by dispatching the Glendale Gauchos (12-16 overall, 3-11 ACCAC) by scores of 4-0 and 9-4 Saturday at Kammann Field.
Devin Contreras overpowered the Gauchos in Game One, only surrendering a pair of walks in the first five innings.
He got his runs of support in the second when Oliver Frias walked and stole second before Juan Salazar walked. Anthony Guzman singled home Frias before Benito Garcia’s two run single. A double-play produced the fourth run of the inning.
Contreras remained in control despite four Matador errors. He worked around a pair of two-out singles in the sixth and stranded the bases loaded for Glendale.
Glendale loaded the bases again in the seventh before Contreras sealed the game with a fly-out.
Contreras struck out six in the complete game effort, giving Arizona Western the 4-0 win.
Game Two was scoreless until Frias deposited a homer over the left field fence in the bottom of the second to give AWC a 1-0 lead.
While Raleigh Pelkonen was cruising through the first two innings, striking out five, a walk and hit batter caused things to spiral in the third. A bunt single loaded the bases before Pelkonen issued a walk to force in a run and tie the game. With a 2-0 count, Reliever Darrell Woodall came into the sticky situation with just one out and issued the walk. That forced home another of Pelkonen’s responsibilities before Woodall hit the next batter making it 3-1 Glendale.
Woodall settled down with a strike out and pop-out to end the threat.
Juan Salazar got a run back in the bottom of the third by singling home Delano Selassa and the Matadors tied it in the third when a rundown with men on the corners allowed Guzman to come home before the tag for the third out was made.
Arizona Western opened things up in the fourth as Hayden Baker ran out of gas walking the first two hitters of the inning. He was lifted for Diego Jordan, who walked the next three guys to force home a run.
Frias then delivered a two run double down the right field line and Dylan Edmands added an RBI single to cash in all five walks in the inning.
Woodall was stellar in 4 innings of relief for Arizona Western to earn the win before turning it over to Francisco Gonzalez and Angelo Wicklert to close out the 9-4 win.
It’s the first double-header sweep of the conference schedule for the Matadors this season and gets them to .500 in conference play.
It comes at a good time too, as Arizona Western will be on the road for the next three weeks beginning with a non-conference game Monday at Chandler-Gilbert.
The Matadors originally had home games on Monday and Tuesday but weather caused the schedule to be shifted towards Phoenix for conference games on Tuesday against GateWay. However, there is now a strong chance of rain next week in Yuma and Phoenix.
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.