This past weekend Cochise College baseball traveled to El Paso, Texas to take on El Paso Community College for a four-game series. On Friday, February 8 the Apaches began game 1 with sophomore RHP Jake Rogers starting on the mound. Rogers also known as Cowboy threw a gem on the mound and picked up his third win of the year. He pitched 6 innings of nearly perfect baseball; with four strikeouts in the outing without allowing any runs and only allowing one hit. Offensively freshman C Hernan Yanez led the Apaches with a 3-3 performance in the game with one 2B and an HR over the left field fence. The Apaches would go on to win game one of the series by a score of 4-0.
Game two of the doubleheader on Friday was led again by solid pitching from the Apaches. Freshman RHP Aaron de Groot started on the mound and did precisely what was asked of him. He filled up the strike zone and continuously attacked the El Paso hitters. Aaron de Groot picked up right where Jake Rogers did in game one and threw five shutout innings for Cochise. Freshman RHP Isiah Campa, who is from El Paso, TX threw well in front of his home crowd striking out two in his one inning of work; securing Cochise’s 6-0 victory over the Tejanos. Offensively the power surge continued for the Apaches as Sophomore UTL Justin Lee started the game with a leadoff home run that set the tone for the offense the rest of the game. Sophomore C Luke Jacketta also hit a home run in the game with a laser hit over the left field fence to add to his 2-3 game with 3 RBIs.
The Apaches looked to carry over their momentum from Friday into their Saturday doubleheader against El Paso CC. Starting on the mound for the Apaches in game three of the series was Sophomore RHP Steven Ortiz. He would go on to throw four shutout innings striking out five Tejanos while only allowing three base runners. Cochise pitching would go on to pitch its fourth straight shutout as a pitching staff. Offensively it was freshman 1B Ryan Magdic’s turn to show off his power hitting a big three-run blast over the right-field fence in the first inning. Magdic aka Big Maple (he is from Canada) would end the game going 2-3 with the HR, 4 RBIs and two runs scored. Cochise College would go on to win game three by a score of 8-0.
The final game of the weekend series was very similar to the first three of the weekend. Cochise pitchers challenged the Tejano hitters all game and the Apache offense brought the power once again. Freshman RHP Nik Kamages started on the mound throwing three innings only allowing one run and striking out two. Enough cannot be said about the three sophomore Cochise pitchers who came out of the bullpen in this game, RHP Tyson Coleman, RHP Pedro Perdomo, and RHP Jesse Meyer. These three arms reached in and ended up throwing four shutout innings not allowing a hit while striking out seven. Sophomore DH Max Christoff carried the Apache offense going 2-2 with a 5 RBI game with a grand slam hit in the 5th inning deep over the left-center field fence. This extended the Apaches offense’s streak to their fifth straight game with a home run. Freshman 1B Ryan Magdic also had a great offensive game as he went 4-4 at the plate. Cochise would go on to win game four by a score of 10-1.
The Apaches get another weekend sweep to extend their win streak to eight games. Now for the season hold an 11-1 record as they head into conference play.
The Apaches play again this upcoming Saturday, February 16 at home in Douglas to open up conference play against Eastern Arizona CC.