Baseball | 02/20/2021

BSB: Strong Start Fizzles in Nevada

HENDERSON, Nev. – A game that started with a fury, ended quietly as the Arizona Western Matadors (7-2 overall) dropped the late game of a twin-bill to #20 Southern Nevada 8-4 Friday night, losing both games of the double-header at Lied Field.

 

Much like the first game, it was the chances the Matadors could not cash in on that will leave them wondering.

 

The Matadors wasted little time in game number two, scratching across a first inning run against CSN’s Kris Bow. Jarrod Belbin walked and eventually came around to score on Max Weller’s RBI single.

 

But CSN struck right back when a bases loaded walk forced in the tying run.

 

The Matadors regained the lead in the second on Cade Kalehuawehe’s RBI double.

 

A Matador error in the bottom half of the inning opened the door for a big inning as the tying run came around to score on the play before Damiano Palmegiani hit his second homer of the day, a three-run shot to put CSN up 5-2.

 

The Matadors capitalized on walks from Bow in the third as Kalewhuawehe and Tromp each forced in runs on walks to pull within a run.

 

CSN put a couple runners on with walks in the top of the third against Matador reliever Bobby Vath. Benito Garcia chased down a ground ball on the right side of the base before reversing course, stepping on second and throwing to first for a crucial double-play in the inning. But a line drive to first, knocked down by J.C. Navarro squeaked away to plate the sixth run for the Coyotes.

 

That extended the inning for Joey Walls’ two-run homer to push the advantage to 8-4 CSN.

 

Vath settled down from there and traded zeroes with CSN reliever Andrew Hauck.

 

After the third, Vath held the Coyotes scoreless for five innings but the Matadors had just one hit after the fourth.

 

The Matadors had their chances again in game two, but stranded 13 runners on base in the first seven innings including leaving the bases loaded twice.

 

The Matadors again loaded the bases in the ninth against Austin Raleigh with one out for the top of the lineup. Belbin found himself down 0-2 in the count before drawing in the walk to force in a run and represent the tying run on first.

 

But the next pitch quickly ended the threat as Palmegiani stepped on third and threw to first to complete the game.

 

Ondrej Furko was saddled with his first loss of the year being tagged with five runs in two innings.

 

The Matadors wrap up the Nevada trip with a Noon (MST) start against the College of Southern Idaho at the Lied Athletic Complex in Henderson, NV.

 

The live-stream can be purchased through CSNcoyotes.com for $8.54.

 

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.

 

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