YUMA, Ariz. – On Saturday afternoon, the Arizona Western College baseball team split a doubleheader with Yavapai College. Irving Martin led the way on the mound in game one for AWC and pitched his team to a 5-1 win. In game two, Yavapai took an early lead before winning 8-3.
Martin (3-0) picked up his third win after not allowing multiple hits in any of his seven innings. He tied a career high with nine strikeouts in seven innings while walking four and allowing one run on four hits.
Excellent two-out hitting put the Mats (16-7 overall, 3-5 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) up in the third inning. Snaider Torrealba touched a single to center field and then stole second. Daniel Lafarga knocked him home with a grounder that squeezed through the left side of the infield.
AWC extended the lead with a three-run fourth inning. With runners on second and third, Franky Chavez hit a grounder to short, but the throw home was slightly off target and Jonathan Villa missed the tag on Sean Roby at the plate. That left runners on first and second, and a double steal moved them to second and third. Landon Riker singled them home with two outs for a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Torrealba led off with a walk. He went to third on a poor pickoff throw by Yavapai starter Reza Aleaziz. A wild pitch brought him home to make it 5-0.
Yavapai (13-11 overall, 2-6 ACCAC) plated one run in the sixth. Villa walked, and then a double by Dylan Enwiller sent him to third. A wild pitch from Martin cut the lead to 5-1.
The Roughriders loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with no outs after a single and two walks, but Martin struck out one and drew two flyouts to end the game.
Aleaziz (2-1) took his first loss of the season for Yavapai after allowing five runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
In game two, Arizona Western took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Torrealba, Lafarga and Spencer Packard all lined singles into the outfield. Packard’s hit knocked home Torrealba for a 1-0 lead.
Yavapai took the lead by taking advantage of Matador mistakes in the second. RJ Cordeiro led off with a single, and a bad pickoff throw by Saul Marquez sent him to third. After Adbiel Morales was hit by a pitch, Matt Medibles lined a ball to left to score one and tie the game. Dallas Tessar laid down a sacrifice bunt, and the Mats tried to get the lead runner at third. The throw went wide and allowed a second run in. Trevor Edior hit an RBI groundout to push the lead to 3-1.
AWC cut the lead to one in the third inning. With one out, the Mats loaded the bases after Riker singled, Torrealba walked and Lafarga was hit by a pitch. Packard knocked Riker in with a deep sacrifice fly to right field to make it 3-2.
Tessar pushed the lead back to two in the fourth inning. He hit a solo home run, his first homer of the season, to left field.
In the fifth inning, Yavapai extended the lead with the long ball. With two on and one out, Caden Goldby hit a homer to left field to push the lead to 7-2. It was his third home run of the season.
Tessar hit his second straight home run in the sixth inning to give Yavapai an 8-2 lead.
The Mats knocked a run home in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-3. With a runner on third and one out, Riker hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
Saul Marquez (0-2) took the loss for AWC on the mound after allowing four runs on four hits while striking out three without a walk in four innings.
Zach Pederson (1-1) earned the win for Yavapai after coming on in relief in the fifth inning for starter Jake Kolterman. Pederson allowed one run on one hit while striking out six and walking two in 4.1 innings.
Tristan Stockman pitched well to close out the game for AWC. He struck out six and only allowed one hit in 3.2 innings of work without issuing a walk.
The Mats host Central Arizona College on Tuesday, March 7. First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for noon at Kammann Field, and admission is FREE!
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 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.
Game 1 R H E
YAV 1 4 2
AWC 5 4 1
Line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
YAV 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
AWC 0 0 1 3 1 0 X
WP: Irving Martin (2-0): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 9 K
LP: Reza Aleaziz (2-1): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
AWC: Snaider Torrealba 1-3, 2 R, SB, BB; Landon Riker 1-3, 2 RBI
YAV: Dylan Enwiller 1-2, 2B, BB
Game 2 R H E
YAV 8 6 0
AWC 3 6 2
Line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
YAV 0 3 0 1 3 1 0 0 0
AWC 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
WP: Zach Pederson (1-1): 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
LP: Saul Marquez (0-2): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 K
AWC: Landon Riker 2-3, R, RBI, SF, SB; Spencer Packard 1-3, 2 RBI, SF
YAV: Dallas Tessar 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR; Caden Goldby 1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR