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Roughriders split ACCAC opener at South Mountain
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Yavapai College Roughriders. (Courtesy)

Yavapai College Roughriders. (Courtesy)

Thompson Rivers DH Feb. 20 set for Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix

PHOENIX — The Yavapai College baseball team opened ACCAC play with a doubleheader split at South Mountain, winning game one 5-3 but dropping game two 10-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Roughriders (8-2, 1-1 ACCAC) had won five straight contests, including a doubleheader sweep at Arizona Christian on Feb. 12, but surrendered six runs in the seventh inning to a South Mountain club that received Top 20 votes in the most recent NJCAA national poll.

Trey Morrill toed the hill in game two against the Cougars (10-6, 1-1 ACCAC), but lasted only 4-2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on five hits while striking out five.

Relief pitcher Dalton Daily was called upon in the seventh inning, and gave up four runs, all earned, during the six-run seventh-inning rally by South Mountain and the Roughriders never recovered.

Yavapai managed only four hits off South Mountain ace Cade Povich, who twirled a four-hit shutout, allowing only one walk and striking out eight to get the victory. He threw 105 pitches, 72 of which went for strikes.

Logan Williams was 2 for 3, while Jacob Robson and Channy Ortiz each had a hit.


Christian Encarnacion-Strand was 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, Tommy Sacco had a base hit and an RBI sacrifice fly, and the Roughriders recovered from two errors defensively to claim a 5-3 win in game one of a doubleheader with South Mountain on Saturday.

Marcus Christy allowed one earned run and struck out three in 4-1/3 innings pitched to earn the victory.


Skipper Ryan Cougill announced last week the Roughriders will play their doubleheader against Thompson Rivers (Canada) on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix.

Yavapai is scheduled to host their home opener against Arizona Western, but with several inches of snow anticipated in the Prescott area this week, there’s no telling if those games will happen at Roughrider Park.

Watch The Daily Courier and for updates on Yavapai’s field condition.


The Roughriders continue ACCAC play with a doubleheader at Scottsdale Community College (7-5, 1-1 ACCAC) on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

A starting pitcher for either game Tuesday had yet to be announced by late Sunday evening.

First pitch in game one is set for noon.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.


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