Apaches came into Saturday winning 8 in a row but the Coyotes had other things to say as they snapped the winning streak in the 1st game Saturday afternoon, beating the Apaches 7-6. The Apaches would come back and make it a split as the ended the 2nd game and won 7-5.
In game 1 of the losing match-up the lead-off hitter Logan Bottrell did all he could as he got on 3 times for the 2, 3, and 4 hole hitters and only came around to score twice. Alexander Marco had another good game going 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Other than the 5 runs in the first two innings the Apache offense disappeared which led to the Coyotes enough time to scratch and claw their way back into the game and give the Apache pitching some trouble.
Juan Cabrera did not have an excellent day but still kept the Coyotes off balance on an offense day. He went 4 innings gave up 8 hits 3 runs (3earned) while only walking two and striking out 8. Aaron Vernon had trouble shutting the Coyotes down but still an effort where the Apaches had a chance. He did go only 1 1/3 allowing 4 hits, 4 runs (4 earned) and striking out 2.
In game 2 of the match-up the Apaches were able to score in 3 different innings and capitalize on Coyote mistakes. Luis hidalgo was the leading hitter going 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI while scoring 2 runs. But it was all about the pitching in this one keeping the Coyote hitters from scoring. Brett Matthews had another good outing going 6 innings giving up 5 hits allowing 3 runs (3 earned) while striking out 5 and only walking 1, with that performance he was able to secure the win with Alex Tovalin Save. Tovalin came in the 8th and pitching 1 1/3 innings giving up 1 hit and striking out 2 in the 5 batters he faced.
The Apaches continue their quest to the playoffs as they sit in 2nd place behind South Mountain. Cochise College is now 34-10 Overall and 17-7 in the ACCAC. Come follow the Apaches at Gateway CC or follow them on Gamechanger!