Saturday Sweep

YUMA, Ariz. – Saturday afternoon at Kammann Field featured two very different one run games, but the Arizona Western College baseball team came out on top in both. In game one, the Mats (19-7 overall, 6-5 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) won 2-1 against GateWay Community College (10-16 overall, 7-11 ACCAC) on a passed ball in the 10th inning after rallying to tie the game in the seventh. In game two, the Mats saw a six run lead cut to one in the seventh and final inning of a 6-5 win.

With the score knotted at one in the first game, AWC’s Spencer Packard led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk. Two batters later, Bryce O’Brien smashed a double that one-hopped to the left field wall to put runners on second and third with one out. GateWay elected to intentionally walk Manny Perez, but the second pitch bounced off the catcher’s glove. Packard ran home and slid in safely to win. He finished the game 2-4 with a double and the winning run.

In the second inning, GateWay’s Brendan Turcotte smoked a solo home run to left field for a 1-0 lead. It was his first homer of the season.

The Matador pitching staff was excellent from that point on. Irving Martin started the game and struck out nine in seven innings while only allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Eric Ligda (4-0) earned the win by pitching the final three innings without allowing a run. He only surrendered three hits while striking out three and walking one.

Arizona Western finally broke through on offense in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on second and third, Franky Chavez hit a grounder to the left side of the infield. He beat out the throw to first for an infield single, and a run came home to tie the game at one. Chavez went 2-4 with an RBI and a double.

Jackson Weller (1-1) took the loss for GateWay after coming on in relief to start the 10th inning. He recorded one out (a strikeout) while walking one and allowing one hit and one run. GateWay wasted an excellent start by Seth Nordlin. He struck out 12 in 7.2 innings while only allowing one run on three hits and two walks.

In game two, Arizona Western took the lead in the fourth inning. Torrealba smashed a double to left field and went to third on a flyout. A wild pitch allowed him to race home for a 1-0 lead.

The Mats added three more in the fifth with excellent two-out hitting. With Franky Chavez on second and Sebastian Perez on first, Landon Riker hit a hard chopper that just slipped past the shortstop and scored one runner. Torrealba then roped a double down the left field line to plate two more for a 4-0 lead. He finished 3-3 with two doubles in the game.

AWC tacked on two more in the sixth. With Najee Gaskins on third and Manny Perez on first, Chavez lined a single straight up the middle to score Gaskins and send Perez to third. Sebastian Perez then scored Manny Perez with an RBI single up the middle for a 6-0 lead.

GateWay responded with a huge seventh inning. Marcus Ybarra singled, Travis Walters was hit, and Damon DeVirgilio lined a single to shallow left field to load the bases. Jake Peloquin drew a walk to cut the lead to 6-1 and chase Matador reliever Trayson Kubo. Saul Marquez came in to replace him and forced a double play that left runners on second and third. GWCC’s Jeff Chandler swatted them both in with a single to cut the lead to 6-3. After Tynan Holmstrom walked, Matt Asta hit a grounder through the middle to plate two more runs and trim the lead to 6-5. Marquez struck out Turcotte to end the game.

Jayden Murray (3-1) earned the win after throwing six shutout innings for the Mats. He struck out six while only allowing five hits and no walks. Marquez earned his third save of the season.

Edgar Barclay (0-6) took the loss for GateWay after giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out six.

The Mats hit the road next week for non-conference action at the Tucson Invitational. They take on Central Lakes in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 15. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm.

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

GWCC    1 7 0

AWC     2 9 0


Line    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

GWCC    0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AWC     0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1


WP:                 Eric Ligda (4-0): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

LP:                  Jackson Weller (1-1): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K


Top Hitters:

AWC:              Spencer Packard 2-4, R, 2B, BB; Bryce O’Brien 1-1, 2B; Franky Chavez 2-4, RBI, 2B; Many Perez 2-4, 2B

GWCC:           Brendan Turcotte 1-3, R, RBI, HR; Alex Murrieta 2-4


Game 2  R H E

GWCC    1 7 0

AWC     2 9 0


Line    1 2 3 4 5 6 7

GWCC    0 0 0 0 0 0 5

AWC     0 0 0 1 3 6 X


WP:                 Eric Ligda (4-0): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

LP:                  Jackson Weller (1-1): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

SV:                  Saul Marquez (3): 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Top Hitters:

AWC:              Snaider Torrealba 3-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B; Sebastian Perez 2-3, R, RBI; Manny Perez 2-3, R

GWCC:           Jeff Chandler 3-4, R, 2 RBI; Matt Asta 2-4, 2 RBI


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