Baseball | 02/19/2021

BSB: Missed Chances Cost Mats 1st Loss


HENDERSON, Nev. – Missed chances and pitches were at the center of Arizona Western’s (7-1 overall) first loss of the season to the #20th ranked Southern Nevada Coyotes (10-4 overall) Friday night at the Lied Athletic Complex in the first game of the twin-bill.

The Matadors struck out ten times against CSN’s Ace, Johnny Cuevas and left nine guys on base in his five innings of work missing chances.

Jarrod Belbin started the game by drawing a walk against Cuevas, promptly stealing second. But Cuevas worked around that walk and another to Dylan Edmands with two outs, by inducing a ground ball from Samuel Fabian to end the inning.

Matador starter Elvis Parra tried to match the illusionist act but Trey Frahm’s two-out single put the Coyotes in the lead. John-Howard Bobo flared a doubled down the left field line to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Matadors put two more on against Cuevas in the second, including the first AWC hit of the game off the bat of Oliver Firas, but a line drive to short off of the bat of Belbin ended the threat.

Joey Walls added a run for CSN in the bottom of the second with a line drive to right center. The next hitter, Damiano Palmegiani pulled a ball down the left field line for a two-run homer. A couple of unearned runs came around after a Matador error extended the inning and CSN extended the lead to 7-0.

The teams traded zeroes in the third as Jonathan Zayas came out of the Matador bullpen for a scoreless inning of work.

Zayas matched zeroes again with Cuevas in the fourth and queued the Matador offense to break through in the fifth.

Arizona Western used a trio of walks to threaten in the inning, setting up Frias. But Cuevas tallied his 10th strike out of the game to hold the Matadors without a run.

The Matadors again threatened in the sixth, finally breaking through against Coyote reliever Izzy Gutierrez. A bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Daniel Gonzalez forced in the Matadors first run of the game. But a line-drive double-play left two more guys on for the Matadors, leaving more chances on the bases.

After six, the Matadors had left eleven runners on base.

CSN capitalized on that and the free passes issued by AWC. The Mats walked the bags full of Coyotes in the sixth and Jacob Godman cleared them with a double.

Arizona Western did push across another run in the top of the seventh as Juan Salazar’s RBI single scored Dylan Edmands.

The Matadors conclude the double-header with a nine-inning game against the hosts from Southern Nevada at approximately 9:00pm MST

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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.