On Monday, March 11 Cochise College traveled to Glendale Community College for a conference doubleheader to make up games that had been rained out earlier in the season. Sophomore RHP Jake Rogers took the mound in game one as the Apaches looked to bounce back from losing two games at South Mountain the previous Saturday. The Cochise offense would score two quick runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead but would be held scoreless for seven innings after that. Rogers commanded the strike zone and cruised through the first four innings, but the Gauchos would score two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game 2-2. The offense struggled to find ways on base the rest of the game as this game would go into extra innings. Rogers would remain in the game through extras, and he became stronger as the game went on. Rogers would go on to throw a complete game for the win pitching nine innings only allowing two runs and striking out 7 Gaucho hitters. Cochise would go on to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and win by a score of 3-2 thanks to the pinch-hit RBI double hit by sophomore INF Toby Allred.
This win would be Coach Inglehart’s 700th career victory as Head Coach of Cochise College. It just so happened to be at the exact same place he picked up his 100th career victory. This was a special win for the Apaches as the program has come a long way in Coach Inglehart’s 20-year tenure at the helm of Cochise College. Thanks to all of Coach Inglehart’s hard work Cochise College has seen itself ranked top 10 in the country countless times (currently #3), has made the playoffs the last six seasons with the 2013 & 2014 teams making it to the NJCAA World Series; just to name a few of his many accomplishments. Enough cannot be said about Coach Inglehart and all of the great players that have come through the program. All of your former players want to thank you, Coach Inglehart, for everything you did for us!
Game two of the doubleheader would only be a seven-inning game as the first game went into extra innings. Glendale CC would take an early 3-0 lead, but mid-way through the game, the Apache offense came to life. Sophomores Torren Brozovich and Toby Allred (the hero from game one) were ready to hit in game two. INF Toby Allred would end game two going 3-4 with 2 RBIs and a 2B; while OF Torren Brozovich was only a 2B away from the cycle in this one. Brozovich would also go 3-4 for in this game with two runs scored, 3 RBIs, a triple, and a deep HR hit over the left field wall. Freshman RHP Isiah Campa got the start in this one and would leave the game with a lead striking out 7 Gaucho hitters in 4+ innings of work. Cochise would go on to beat Glendale CC in game two by a score of 10-3.
The Apaches will spend their spring break playing games in Tucson at Kino Sports Complex Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 -14 weather permitting. Their doubleheader against Itasca CC scheduled for March 12 has been canceled due to rain.