PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sean Roby blasted two homers, and Justin Greene added a monster shot as the Arizona Western College baseball team (46-13) beat South Mountain Community College (45-14) 13-5 in the first game of the Region I Finals. Roby’s first homer came in the third to give the Mats the lead, and Roby and Greene both homered in the fifth to break the game open and help the team win its 14th in a row.
After South Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out rally, Roby came up with two on and one out in the third. He roped a 2-2 pitch directly over the left field wall for a 3-1 lead.
South cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth on an RBI single by Toi Moyer, but the Mats immediately answered in the fifth. Carlos Arellano double, and Zach Huffins tripled to right-center to push the lead to 4-2. Roby then launched a home run to left field for his 19th homer of the year and a 6-2 lead. With two outs and a runner on first a few batters later, Greene smacked a towering home run to right-center for an 8-2 lead. It was his eighth homer of the year.
South cut the lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Kole Kaler smacked a home run to left field. It was his third of the year.
The Mats answered with a run in the top of the eighth. Arellano and Snaider Torrealba singled, and Zach Huffins beat out a drag bunt. While SMCC’s Carson Burton tried to field the bunt and tag Huffins at first, Arellano came home from second.
Sam Powers doubled in a run in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Matador lead to 9-5.
AWC was patient in the ninth and scored four runs while only picking up two hits. Spencer Packard led off with a walk, and Manny Perez singled. Greene beat out a bunt to load the bases, and Yodelvy Merendez was hit by a pitch to plate one. Daylan Nanny got hit to plate a second run, and Snaider Torrealba drew another walk to make it 12-5. A wild pitch scored one more run for a 13-5 lead.
Irving Martin (8-2) earned the win after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Conner Deeds (8-2) took the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
The Mats take a 1-0 lead in the series and will play again tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.