On Thursday, May 3 the Apaches started the Region 1 Semi-final playoff series against South Mountain CC. The fourth-seeded Apaches gave the number one seeded Cougars everything they had in game one. Sophomore RHP Juan Cabrera started on the mound for the Apaches and did not give up a run until the 9th inning. Unfortunately, the Cougars were able to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Juan finished the day throwing nine innings while allowing only four hits and one run to go with his ten strikeouts. The game would go to 11 innings, and South Mountain would go on to hit a walk-off single to win the game by a score of 2-1.
The Apaches looked to bounce back in game two and even the series on Friday, May 4. Freshman RHP Jake Rogers started on the mound for Cochise and competed like he had all year. The Apaches jumped on the Cougars early taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. This did not last long though as the Cougars answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning. South Mountain would scratch across three more runs in the 5th and 6th inning. Cochise went into the top of the ninth inning down 5-2. The Apaches put up one last good fight. Freshman OF George Sutherland led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. Sophomore DH Omar Ortiz came up to bat with one out and one runner on and hit a home run well over the left field fence. The game was now 5-4. South Mountain then brought in their closer to face off against sophomore OF Zander Marco. Marco battled his way to a seven-pitch at-bat and would go on to blast a game-tying home run over the left field fence. The game was now tied 5-5. The Apaches would end the half inning having scored three runs on two home runs to tie the game. South Mountain responded well though and battled their way to what would be a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. The Cougars would end the Apaches season after winning game two by a score of 6-5.
Cochise Baseball thanks all of the sophomores that will be moving on after Cochise for everything they have helped this program accomplish over the last two years.
The returning and new Apaches look to work harder next year in preparation for an even more productive season!