On Saturday, April 21, Cochise College baseball clinched a spot in the Division I ACCAC Region 1 playoffs for the sixth straight season. It did not come easy though. This past Tuesday the Apaches traveled to Yuma to face Arizona Western and ended up losing both games of their doubleheader. The first game they lost 7-5 in the last inning and game two of the doubleheader resulted in a 7-0 loss for the Apaches.
Going into Saturday’s doubleheader, the Apaches knew they just had to win one of the two games against Yavapai, and they would clinch a playoff spot.
In the first game sophomore, RHP Juan Cabrera took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but unfortunately could not finish the game. The Rough Riders would go on to score six runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the game by a score of 7-3.
Game one was a tough defeat for Cochise, but they quickly bounced back for game two knowing what was at stake. The Apache offense put up a lot of run support in game two; Cochise totaled 12 hits in the game with 7 of those going for extra base hits. Sophomore LHP Jonathan Ellison started the game on the mound and was able to get the first 13 outs of the game while only allowing two runs. Enough cannot be said about sophomore RHP Aaron Vernon who came in as a relief pitcher. He threw 4.2 shutout innings with four strikeouts on the day. Of all the offensive production on the day the Cochise baseball lineup was very top heavy. Leadoff hitter Justin Lee (freshman OF) and 2-hole hitter Luis Perez (sophomore INF) combined for seven of the Apaches hits, scored six runs and had a combined six RBIs (runs batted in) in the game.
It is unknown what exact seed Cochise College baseball will be in playoffs as that will be determined in their last four regular-season games. The Apaches close out their regular season this week with a home doubleheader against South Mtn. CC on Tuesday, April 24. They will conclude the regular season on Saturday, April 28 with a doubleheader at Central Arizona College.