On Saturday, April 20 the Cochise College Apaches traveled to Tucson, AZ to take on Pima Community College for a conference doubleheader. The 8th nationally ranked Apaches looked to extend their first-place lead in the ACCAC. Sophomore RHP Jake Rogers took the mound for the Apaches as Pima would go on to take an early 5-0 lead after the first inning. Rogers would settle down and hold the Aztecs scoreless for the next three innings. The Cochise offense battled back to tie the game 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning. Rogers would not be able to get through the bottom of the fifth inning, and the Apache bullpen struggled to get Pima hitters out. Cochise would go on to lose game one by a score of 12-5.
Game two had a similar start as game one for Cochise. Pima would take a 4-0 lead in the first inning as the Apaches would find themselves down early once again. Sophomore RHP Jesse Meyer started on the mound for game two as he was only able to get through 3 innings. The Cochise offense would come on strong the last four innings of game two. The Apache offense led by three sophomores, OF Justin Lee, INF Toby Allred, and DH Max Christoff would score ten runs in the last four innings of the game to help Cochise win game two by a score of 11-9. Lee would go 3-5 in the game with two 2Bs and 4 RBIs. Allred would stay hot from game one and in game two would go 2-5 with the two go-ahead RBIs in the top of the ninth to secure the 11-9 victory. Christoff would go 3-5 in game two with a 2B and 2 RBIs. This was a good team effort to get the win in game two. The Apaches showed their resiliency and toughness to battle back and went on to get the split against Pima Community College.
The Apaches play again Tuesday, April 23 for a home conference doubleheader against Paradise Valley Community College. The #8 nationally ranked Cochise Apaches are now 40-11 overall with a conference-leading 24-10 record. As the Apaches go into the last week of the 2019 regular season, they look to take care of business and clinch a Region I playoff spot.