Friday, January 25, the Apaches took part in their first game of the 2019 CSN Border Battle against New Mexico Junior College (NMJC). Sophomore pitcher, Jake Rogers started on the mound for the Apaches and threw five solid innings. He ended up striking out 5 NMJC hitters, giving up only two hits all while allowing zero runs to cross the plate. Offensively freshman 1B Ryan Magdic led the way with a 4-4 performance at the plate driving in two runs and scoring three. Right behind him in the lineup freshman, C Hernan Yanez also had a good day at the plate finishing with three hits, three RBIs. Freshman P Isiah Campa came in relief to finish out the game and secured a shutout 8-0 victory for the Apaches.
Game 2 for the Apaches began at 1:30 p.m. on Friday against Utah State Eastern Community College. Cochise College started the game slow offensively, but this would not be the case all game long. Freshman P Aaron DeGroot started on the mound and challenged hitters in his four innings of work with a lot of competitive strikes. He left the game with a 2-1 lead and handed the ball over to sophomore P Jesse Meyer; Meyer picked off where DeGroot left off throwing a lot of strikes and letting his defense do the work. The Apache offense waited until the 8th inning to come alive. With two bases-loaded bases-clearing triples (one hit by freshman SS Jimmy De Leon and the other hit by sophomore OF Torren Brozovich) Cochise College was able to run away with the game and go on to win by a score of 13-2.
Game 3 for the Apaches, against fellow ACCAC foes Arizona Western, was held at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore P Steven Ortiz took the mound in this non-conference showdown against the #13 ranked team in the country. With some early run support, Steven Ortiz was able to cruise through this game throwing five shutout innings only allowing three hits while striking out 6 Matador hitters in the process. Offensively sophomore Justin Lee led the way going 3-4 at the plate with three big RBIs in the game. The Apaches would hold off a late surge by AWC to secure the 11-8 victory.
The fourth and final game for the Apaches on the weekend began at 9 am against San Jacinto College North on Sunday. San Jac scored six runs in the first two innings of the game and never looked back. The Apache pitching staff struggled, and San Jac took advantage. Offensively freshman 1B Ryan Magdic hit a home run deep over the right-field fence in the bottom of the 1st inning, but that was not enough to get the Apaches back into the ballgame. San Jac would go on to win by a score of 14-5.
The Apaches get back in action in Douglas, AZ this Friday, February 1 for a four-game set against Utah State Eastern Community College.