Baseball | 02/20/2021
Long Ball Decisive in Mats 10 Inning Win over Southern Idaho
HENDERSON, Nev—While it wasn’t the win they thought they had in the ninth inning, the long ball proved decisive in the Arizona Western Matadors (8-2 overall) 9-7 win over Southern Idaho in ten innings at the Manny Guerra Border Battle Saturday afternoon at the College of Southern Nevada.
Getting out of big spots was key for Arizona Western in the early innings as Southern Idaho’s late rally forced extra innings in Henderson.
But the long ball proved invaluable.
The Matadors scored the first run without the benefit of a hit. Oliver Frias started the second inning by drawing a walk and stole second base. Dylan Edmands moved him to third after grounding out to the mound. J.C.Navarro broke open the scoreless tie with an RBI groundout.
Southern Idaho got the run back in the bottom of the third before Joseph Taveras prevented any further damage, getting a strikeout to strand to Golden Eagles on base.
Taveras would maintain the tie in the fourth striking out the final batter of the inning.
The momentum finally swung in favor of Arizona Western in the top of the sixth and it was after Soutern Idaho appeared to get out of the inning. With two on and two out, a dropped third strike on Juan Salazar squirted away ad Salazar reached first to load the bases.
Samuel Fabian blasted a grand slam over the fence in left center field to give the Matadors a 5-1 lead after six inings.
The Matadors would add two more on an error late in the game while CSI scratched across a run to make it 7-2 heading into the ninth.
But the Golden Eagles pushed across five runs in the ninth to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
In the 10th, the Matadors struck with two outs as Jarrod Belbin lifted a homer of the right field fence to regain the lead. Daniel Gonzalez then struck with a single through the left side.
Max Weller flared a single into right to score Gonzalez for an insurance run.
Juan Cerda closed out the win for the Matadors in the bottom of the inning.
The Matadors return home to Yuma on Saturday, February 27th, hosting the Pima Aztecs for a double-header at Kammann Field beginning at Noon.
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.