Cochise splits with Yavapai; Winning streak ends at 15

On Saturday, March 2 the Cochise College baseball program hosted Yavapai College for a conference doubleheader.

For game one freshman RHP Aaron de Groot took the mound and pitched well like he has all season.  Aaron de Groot limited the Yavapai offense to just one run in 6+ innings of work while striking out four batters.  The Cochise offense had plenty of opportunities early but could not capitalize; only scoring one run in the first five innings of the game.  However, the Apaches remained persistent.  Freshman OF Chris Amador would come up with the big go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 2-1 lead.  The Apaches would go on to win game one by a score of 3-1.  This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for sophomore RHP Steven Ortiz’s clutch strikeout to end the game.

Game two in the doubleheader did not go as planned for the Apaches.  Sophomore RHP Jesse Meyer would get his first start of the year on the mound but would only last two innings.  The Cochise bullpen struggled early as the Apaches saw themselves down 10-2 in the fifth inning.  Fortunately for Cochise, there was plenty of ball game left as they exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game.  Offensively in the game sophomore, UTL Justin Lee was 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI 2B.  Freshman 1B Ryan Magdic also had two hits in this game with none bigger than the 3 RBI game-tying home run he hit in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Sophomore INF Toby Allred had a good offensive game going 3-4 at the plate with some good at-bats.  The Yavapai bullpen would go on to shut down the Cochise offense the rest of the game and Cochise would go on to lose by a score of 11-10.

Cochise gets back playing again this Tuesday, March 5 for a home doubleheader against Phoenix College.