On Friday, January 31, the Apaches opened up the baseball season in Las Vegas, Nevada, against the College of Southern Idaho. Freshman RHP Nate Rohlicek started on the mound for Cochise. Rohlicek did a good job keeping Cochise in the ballgame while surrendering three runs on only four hits in five innings of work. Freshman RHP Mason Piert entered the game in relief for Rohlicek and allowed two runs over his two innings on the mound putting the Apaches down 5 to 0. Offensively the Apaches struggled to get anything started through the first seven innings of the game. In the eighth inning, the Apaches scored four runs to make it a one-run ballgame.
The offensive onslaught came from a single by Sean Cooper, a groundout by Jimmy De Leon, a fielder’s choice by Cameron Pehrson, and a clutch double off the bench by Fernando Brazoban who came in to pinch-hit. Trailing by one run, Freshman RHP Treyjan Meza came into the game to hold off the Southern Idaho hitters. After a quick 1,2,3 inning by Meza, the Apaches came back up to the plate with their final at-bats left down a run. Sophomore first basemen Ryan Magdic tied the game up after with a deep shot over the right-field wall. Magdic finished the game with a team-leading three hits. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning sophomore, Jimmy De Leon sent one over the left-field wall giving the Apaches the lead for the first time in the game. Meza was back on the mound in the bottom of the ninth with another quick 1,2,3 inning giving himself his first college win and the Apaches first win of the season over Southern Idaho 6-5.
On Saturday, February 1, Cochise looked to take their momentum from the day before into Saturday’s doubleheader. In game one, sophomore LHP Ryan Magdic was on the mound for Cochise getting through 3 innings of work while allowing two runs on two hits while collecting his first win of the season. Cochise jumped out to an early lead in the top of the third inning, starting with a 3-run homerun by Fernando Brazoban. Ismail Pontiac tacked on another run with a single up the middle making it 4-0. Southern Idaho would score two runs in the third inning cutting the lead in half. At the top of the fourth, Cochise added three more runs extending their lead to 5. Southern Idaho also scored three of their own in the fourth inning, making it a two-run ballgame again. Cochise added two more runs late in the innings, making the score 9-5, which would be the final score of the game. Apache hitters collected eight hits on the day with Jimmy De Leon and Fernando Brazoban racking up multiple hits for Apaches. De Leon led the Apaches with three hits in four at-bats. On the defensive side, the Apaches didn’t commit a single error in the field.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Apaches turned to freshman LHP Joseph Sinclair to start the game. Sinclair got through 3.1 innings while allowing three hits and six runs over three and third innings, striking out six. After one inning of baseball, it was tied 1-1. Offensively the Apaches jumped on Southern Idaho in the second inning tagging them for five runs. Cochise’s first run of the second inning came on a bases-loaded walk to Sean Cooper, scoring Cameron Crotte. Fernando Brazoban cleared the bases with a grand slam making it 6-1 Cochise. In the third inning, Southern Idaho cut the lead to 6-2 before starting a rally and scoring four runs in the fourth inning tying up the ballgame at 6. Freshman RHP Adrian Aguilera came in for Sinclair and did a great job keeping us in the game over 3.1 innings of work.
Entering the game with the bases loaded, Southern Idaho only walked away with one run off Aguilera. He didn’t allow a run after that and was able to pick up his first win of the season when Cochise regained the lead in the sixth after Jimmy De Leon doubled to center scoring Crotte, and Sean Cooper singled to center scoring De Leon. Apaches tallied seven hits. Jimmy De Leon and Cameron Crotte each racked up multiple hits for the Apaches. Crotte and De Leon each collected two hits to lead the Cochise offense. After Cochise took the lead, Aguilera took them into the bottom of the seventh before Ismail Pontiac relieved him and came in for a one-out save, his first of the season with a final score of 8-7. After two days of baseball, the Apaches were going into Sunday, looking to finish the weekend with a four-game sweep over Southern Idaho.
On Sunday, February 2, nothing came easy for the Apaches as they fell 11-1 to College of Southern Idaho. Zaylan Aleman toed the rubber for the Apaches. He went two and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and striking out one. Treyjan Meza, Marco Ozuna, and Mason Piert each contributed in relief for Apaches. Offensively Mohamed Baoui, Steven Saunders, Chris Mathe, Jimmy De Leon, and Ismail Pontiac each collected one hit as it was a quiet day for the Apaches hitters. Overall it was a good weekend of baseball for Cochise as they won the series and came back home to Douglas with three wins.
The Cochise baseball team plays Wednesday, February 5, in a non-conference doubleheader against Colorado Northeaster Community College on the home field in Douglas. Admission to the games is free.