Baseball | 05/06/2021
Homer Dooms Mats in Region Semifinal Loss to Yavapai
|Arizona Western College||3|
TUCSON, Ariz---A three-run homer in the fifth inning set the Arizona Western Matadors (31-14 overall, 23-11 ACCAC) back to a place even a furious ninth inning rally could not overcome in a 5-3 loss to the Yavapai RoughRiders (28-18 overall, 22-14 ACCAC) in the Region I Semifinal opener at Aztec Field.
The Matadors will now await the loser of Friday's matchup between Yavapai and Pima. AWC needs to win three games to advance to the Region I Finals next weekend.
The game was tied heading into the fifth when Bobby Vath appeared to strand a pair of runners on first and second with a third strike, but a called ball prolonged the inning and Yavapai's three-run homer gave them a lead they would not relinquish.
The Matadors rallied in the bottom of the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate but could not get in on base, falling in the opening game of the double-elimination tournament.
Friday's games will be streamed through Pima and Yavapai depending on the matchup.