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Yavapai baseball earns first win of 2012

The Yavapai College baseball team split a road douleheader Friday, beating Phoenix College 5-3 in the early contest and losing to Glendale Community College 3-2 in the late game.

The Roughriders (1-5) received a quality showing from pitcher Blair Goldsack against Phoenix College. The freshman gave up six hits and one earned run with six strikeouts in seven innings to get the victory.

Freshman pitcher Peter Lenstrohm closed out the last two innings, giving up two hits and one earned run along with two walks and two strikeouts.

YC jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in both the third and forth innings to take a 4-0 lead.

The Roughriders tacked on one more run in the eighth to go up 5-1. YC had seven hits. Phoenix tallied eight.

Freshman infielder Drew Turbin lead the team from the plate going 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Sophomore outfielder Jonathan Rodriguez was 1 for 4 with an RBI, while Jordan Negrini finished 1 for 3 with a run scored.

Phoenix scored one run in the fifth inning and two in the ninth.

Both team had two errors apiece.

In the late game, Yavapai was held to only three hits and two runs scored against Glendale Community College.

Glendale finished with six hits and had two errors. YC finished with four errors.

Despite a lack of hitting, freshman pitcher Ryan Petersen kept the Roughriders in the game, giving up six hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts in eight innings.

Freshman infielder Timothy Arakawa led YC from the plate, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Next up, the Roughriders play a doubleheader against GateWay Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College today.

YC's game at GateWay starts at 11 a.m., while the late contest at Chandler-Gilbert begins at 3 p.m.


Current Roughrider baseball coach Sky Smeltzer will be inducted into the Cherry Creek High School Baseball Hall of Fame today.

The ceremony will take place in Greenwood Village, Colo.

As a high school player, Smeltzer was a member of the 1983 Colorado State Championship Team, and the 1984 State Runner up team. Following high school, he was the Yavapai College career leader for most wins and had a celebrated collegiate career at the University of Wyoming before playing professional baseball in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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