On Tuesday, April 9 the #13 nationally ranked Apaches took on South Mountain Community College for a home conference doubleheader. Freshman RHP Isiah Campa started on the mound for game one for his seventh start of the year. Campa kept the Cougar hitters in check for most of the game as he was able to strike out seven of their hitters in only six innings of work. The Cochise offense would score one run in the bottom of the first inning, and that is all the run support that Isiah would need. Offensively for the Apaches, the two bright spots in the lineup were freshman SS Jimmy De Leon and sophomore OF George Sutherland. De Leon would go 2-4 with 2 RBIs and a home run in the game with Sutherland having a 3-3 performance to go with his 3 RBIs and one double hit in the game. The Apaches would go on to win game one by a score of 9-0 with a solid pitching performance from Campa and plenty of offense.
Game two started well for the Apaches as they took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Cougars would get three of their own right back in the second inning. Aaron de Groot started on the mound for the Apaches in game two as he looked to continue to pitch well at home as he has for most of the season. Unfortunately, de Groot was unable to put away the Cougar hitters throughout his outing consistently. The Apaches saw themselves down 6-2 late in the game as it was going to take a solid comeback to get the victory in game two. Cochise was up for the challenge though as the offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take an 8-6 lead. This lead was secured by the impressive relief appearance from sophomore RHP Pedro Perdomo. South Mountain hitters struggled to make contact with any of Perdomo’s pitches as he struck out 4 SMCC hitters in 3 innings of work while only allowing one base runner to reach base. The Apaches would win this late come from behind victory by a score of 8-6.
The Apaches played well at home all year and are now 20-1. They improved their overall record to 36-9 and remain in first place in the ACCAC standings with a 20-8 conference record. The Apaches recently fell in the NJCAA’s Division I National Baseball Rankings but remain ranked in the top 25 in the nation at #13 in the country.
The Apaches will play again this Saturday, April 13 for a conference doubleheader at Eastern Arizona College.