On Saturday, April 13 the #13 nationally ranked Cochise College Apaches traveled to Thatcher, AZ for a conference doubleheader against Eastern Arizona College. Sophomore RHP Jake Rogers started on the mound for Cochise and cruised through the first five innings. Rogers would go on to win the game throwing 5+ innings only allowing two runs with five strikeouts. Enough cannot be said about the Apache offense in game one. The Cochise batting lineup would go on to hit five extra base hits in game one with three of those being homeruns. Sophomore OFs Torren Brozovich and George Sutherland each would have two hits in the game with each blasting home runs. Freshman 1B Ryan Magdic also had a home run in the game while going 3-3 with 2 RBIs and scoring four runs in the game. The Apaches would run away with game one winning 11-2.
For game two sophomore RHP Jesse Meyer got his second start of the year. Meyer would throw five innings only allowing one run while striking out 12 Gila Monster hitters. Although the Apache offense was hot in game one, they struggled to get anything going in game two. Cochise pitching did their job though and kept the Apaches in the game from start to finish. There was one player in particular for Cochise that carried the offense. Freshman SS Jimmy De Leon would be that hitter. De Leon would finish the game 3-5 with a home run, two 2Bs, 3 RBIs and three runs scored. With solid pitching and De Leon’s offense, the Apaches would go on to get the road sweep and win game two by a score of 5-1.
The Apaches get back into action this upcoming Tuesday, April 16 for a home conference doubleheader against Arizona Western. Cochise now has a 38-9 overall record and a 22-8 record in conference. With four wins this past week Cochise extended their first place lead in the ACCAC. The Apaches remain ranked #13 nationally as the new rankings will be released on Tuesday, April 16. The Apaches look to stay ranked in the top 25 in the nation for the seventh straight week.