On Saturday, April 6 Cochise College took on Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ for a conference doubleheader. For game one sophomore RHP Jake Rogers started on the mound as the Apaches looked to increase their first place lead in the conference standings. Rogers struggled with his command in the game walking five Yavapai hitters in only 4+ innings of work. Yavapai would score three runs in the first two innings of game one and wouldn’t look back. Offensively the Apaches struggled to string together again to back quality at-bats. Freshman OF Steven Saunders would stay hot at the plate as he would hit his 5th home run of the year in the 6th inning. However, this would not be enough to bring the Apaches back in the game as they would go on to lose game one by a score of 8-2.
Game two of the Saturday doubleheaders have been where the Apaches have gotten some important road splits the last couple of weeks, and that is precisely what they were looking for in game two versus Yavapai. Unfortunately, game two was much like the first game. Yavapai would get an early lead in this game and wouldn’t look back. It would take five Apache pitchers to get through game two; with most of the pitchers unable to consistently get Yavapai hitters out. Offensively Apache hitters would give away too many at-bats and struggle to hit with two strikes throughout the game. Sophomore OF George Sutherland would go 3-4 in the game, but it was not enough to get the Apaches back into this game. The Apaches would lose game two by a score of 10-3.
The #7 nationally ranked Apaches are now 34-9 overall with an 18-8 conference record. They will play again this upcoming Tuesday, April 9 for a home conference doubleheader against South Mountain Community College.