Baseball | 04/18/2021
Matadors Deliver Thrillers in Sweep of South Mountain
|South Mountain Community College||6|
|Arizona Western College||7|
|South Mountain Community College||3|
|Arizona Western College||6|
YUMA, Ariz---Trailing midway through both ball games, the Arizona Western Matadors (25-11 overall, 17-9 ACCAC) delivered thrilling wins in a sweep of the South Mountain Cougars (26-11 overall, 20-10 ACCAC) Saturday afternoon at Kammann Field.
AWC dug out of an early 3-0 hole, after McKay Barney's three-run homer in the first, and walked off on Oliver Frias' 8th inning double to take game one 7-6 over the Cougars.
As the extra inning affair turned game two into a seven inning contest, Matador pitchers Luuk ter Beek and Juan Cerda held South Mountain to three runs and the Matador offense capitalized on Benito Garcia's big day to grab the second game 6-3 and take the season series from SMCC.
The Matadors benefited from South Mountain's inability to throw strikes all day, but worked their way back into game one as the first three Cougar pitchers walked eight hitters and hit one batter while managing to get just twelve outs.
Cade Kalehuawehe was in the middle of the Matador comeback with a leadoff double in the second and an RBI single in the Matador three-run third that gave AWC a temporary lead.
South Mountain would strike for three runs of their over the fifth and sixth.
That set the stage for Garcia who singled to start the bottom of the sixth. He came around to score on Delano Selassa's two-out single to tie the game at sixth.
One of the offenses scored at least one run in every inning except for the fourth and the seventh, and the scoreless seventh turned the first game into the long one.
Bobby Vath's two innings of scoreless relief setup up AWC in the eighth. With a runner on second, Oliver Frias doubled down the left field line to earn the 7-6 win.
South Mountain closer Shawn Triplett was handed his first loss of the year in fourteen decisions and appearances on the season.
Game two saw the Matadors fall behind again thanks to South Mountain's Brice Martinez. But starter ter Beek kept AWC around through five innings of work.
Garcia delivered again, first breaking through on the scoreboard with a solo shot off of South's Derek Decolatti over the right-field fence.
Garcia was in the center of the action in the fourth as well, delivering an RBI single to right field with two runners on. As Sam Fabian, the trail runner came to third, a throwing error by the first basemen Michael Quinones brought him home and Garcia all the way to third.
Benito would score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
With Cerda on in the last two innings, the right hander allowed just two baserunners and only one on a hit, to close out the 6-3 win and the sweep of the day.
The wins give AWC their second series victory over a division one opponent with three more series to complete.
Arizona Western will now hit the road over the next couple of weeks, heading to Douglas, AZ to take on Cochise Tuesday afternoon.