Baseball | 04/20/2021

Late Lead and Sweep Slip Away in Split at Cochise

Team Score
Arizona Western College 6
Cochise College 4

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Team Score
Arizona Western College 6
Cochise College 7

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DOUGLAS, Ariz--Heading into the final stretch of the year, the Arizona Western Matadors (26-12 overall, 18-10 ACCAC) continue to pull out thrilling victories and battle in tight games as was the case in their split of Tuesday's double-header against the Cochise Apaches (24-16 overall, 17-13 ACCAC)

The Matadors received a gutsy pitching performance in game one, capitalizing on mistakes from Cochise for a 6-4 win. But the early lead in game two, slipped away as the Matadors lost 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth to split the day.

Oliver Frias belted a two-run homer in the top of the first to stake Matador starter Bobby Vath to an early lead.

But Cochise answer back with a run in the second and two in the third to jump ahead 3-2.

Dylan Edmands' RBI single in the fourth tied the game in the fourth before Arizona Western was able to capitalize on a dropped third strike and sloppy defense from the Apaches to cross three runs across in the fifth.

Vath got things under control, only allowing one more run in the seventh, as the Matadors grabbed the first game of the day with a 6-4 final.

The Mats were down one run heading into the fourth inning of game two, but Samuel Fabian's two-run triple and Cade Kalehuawehe's two-run homer turned the deficit into a 4-1 AWC lead.

Max Weller's sacrifice fly in the sixth extended the Matador lead to four before Cochise answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Fabian added a sac fly to score Edmands in the seventh but Cochise answered right back with another run of their own.

The Apaches would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, and after a 15 minute delay, struck for the final two runs to walk-off with the win.

The Matadors will head back East again on Saturday to play Eastern Arizona in a double-header beginning at noon in Thatcher.

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