Baseball | 04/13/2021
Matadors Take Season Series in Split with Yavapai
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PRESCOTT, Ariz---Utilizing the long ball to pad a late lead, the Arizona Western Matadors (23-11 overall, 15-9 ACCAC) siezed the season series victory over the Yavapai RoughRiders (20-15 overall, 15-12 ACCAC) with a split of the double-header at RoughRider Park Tuesday.
After an early six run deficit in game one, found the Matadors on the wrong end of an 8-4 decision, AWC's offense took the early lead in game two behind Jarrod Belbin's leadoff homer.
The Matadors would add a second run on an error to go up 2-0.
Yavapai quickly answered back with four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-2 lead.
A sacrifice fly and a wild pitch each netted AWC single runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game at four. But Yavapai went back in front on a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth.
The Matadors broke through in the sixth on Max Weller's two-run double with Dylan Edmands tacking on a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
The score remained 7-5 into the ninth when Delano Selassa blasted a solo homer to left-center field. After J.C. Navarro was hit by a pitch, Juan Salazar belted a two run homer to straight away center, widening the lead to five.
Jonathan Zayas, who came on in the bottom of the eighth in relief, locked down the final four outs of the game for the save and to preserve the split for AWC, winning 10-6.
The Matadors conclude the regular season series with Yavapai, having taken three of the four contests.
Arizona Western will get a reprieve from the road on Saturday with one of their two final home dates, hosting South Mountain in a double-header on Kammann Field, beginning at noon.