On Friday, February 9, the Apaches took part in their first game of the 2018 Coyote Classic hosted at College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, NV. Juan Cabrera started the game on the mound but was only able to pitch 3.2 innings. The defense did not help out the pitching staff throughout the game; four errors in the game resulted in 3 unearned College of Southern Idaho runs scoring. Offensively Justin Lee led the way with a couple of hits but none bigger than a leadoff double in the top of the 8th inning. Cornell was the next batter up and hit a game-tying two-run home run. Unfortunately, the poor defense and lack of command on the mound created too many hurdles to overcome. College of Southern Idaho ended up winning by a final score of 6-4.
Game 2 for the Apaches began at noon on Saturday against Salt Lake Community College. Cochise College started off the game hot, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning, all with two outs. Four of those five runs were brought in thanks to Jake Walter’s opposite field grand slam. Jonathan Ellison was able to pitch four innings and leave with the lead. However, poor Apache defense and too many walks given up by the pitching staff resulted in Salt Lake City Community College walking away with a 16-8 victory.
Game 3 for the Apaches, against College of Southern Nevada, was Saturday night and it was a cold, windy one. Anthony Quattrocchi had his first career start on the mound as an Apache. A similar theme to the weekend occurred this game. Q worked through a quick first inning but only ended up throwing two overall innings. Errors defensively and giving up free bases as a pitching staff came back to haunt the Apaches. College of Southern Nevada only needed five innings to win 17-2.
The fourth and final game for the Apaches on the weekend began at noon against CSN on Sunday. The Apaches were hungry to leave Henderson with a win but came up just short. Mathews started on the mound but struggled with his command only pitching 2.1 innings. Aldo Fernandez pitched next and kept the Apaches in the game pitching 4.2 strong innings. The Apaches offense fought hard late and came within two runs of the Coyotes but in the end CSN came out on top 7-5.
The Apaches get back in action in Douglas, AZ this Friday, February 16, against El Paso Community College at noon.