The most recent NJCAA Division I Baseball rankings was released on Tuesday, April 16 as the Apaches saw themselves climb back to the top 10. Last week the Apaches saw themselves ranked 13th in the nation with a 4-0 standing the previous week. They are now ranked 8th overall in the country. This is now the seventh straight week the Apaches have found themselves ranked in the top 25 and the 6th week they have been ranked in the top 10.
On Tuesday Cochise hosted Arizona Western for a conference doubleheader. Game one was quite the pitcher’s duel. For Cochise College RHP Isiah Campa took the mound as he looked to remain one of the top freshman pitchers in the conference. On the other side sophomore, Chris Koeiman started for Arizona Western. Both pitchers would throw well with Campa having the upper hand late in the game. Campa would go on to throw eight innings while only allowing one hit with 14 strikeouts. Offensively it was freshman C Hernan Yanez who got the rally started in the bottom of the 9th inning with a base hit to center field. Next up to bat was sophomore OF George Sutherland who ripped a line drive base hit to right field. Sophomore DH Luke Jacketta would be the hero in this one as he would hit a towering walk-off sacrifice fly to deep center field to win game one by a score of 1-0.
For game two the Apaches looked to get a sweep of the Matadors to increase their lead atop the ACCAC conference standings. Unfortunately, the Apaches could not piece together a good performance in game two. The Apache pitchers would struggle all game putting away AZ Western hitters with two strikes. A weak defense and poor at-bats from Cochise ultimately lead to a 6-1 loss versus the Matadors in game two.
The Apaches are now 39-10 overall with a 23-9 conference record as they remain in first place in the current ACCAC standings. Cochise will travel to Tucson, AZ this Saturday, April 20 to take on Pima Community College for a conference doubleheader.