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Matadors Earn Late Split With Yavapai
Derek Diesner
Apr. 8th, 2014

YUMA, AZ Ė The Yavapai RoughRiders and Arizona Western Matadors battled all afternoon long at Kammann Field on Tuesday afternoon, and when the dust settled both teams earned a victory with Yavapai taking game one by a final of 4-0 and Arizona Western earning a comeback victory in game two 11-8.
After the split, AWC sits at 26-19 overall and 11-17 in ACCAC play, while the Yavapai RoughRiders record goes to 23-20 overall and 12-16 in ACCAC action.
In game one, the Matadors bats could strike for just two hits behind starter Travis Garcia-Perreria (4-4). Garcia-Perreria suffered the loss, as he lasted four innings, while allowing five runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Yavapai starter Stephen Carabajal (4-1) cruised to a game one victory, going six and a third of an inning while allowing the two hits, four walks to go along with nine strikeouts. Yavapai started the game with a leadoff homerun on the first pitch of the game off the bat of Luke Doyle. The RoughRiders tacked on another two runs in the fifth inning and one more run in the seventh.
In game two, the RoughRiders would strike first for a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Later, in the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Matadors scored a pair of their own and the teams would match each other through the fifth inning two with a score of 5-5. Yavapai then scored a run in the sixth and another two in the eighth to take a three run lead with just six outs to go for the Matadors.
AWC dug deep and rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning starting with an RBI single by Nick Day which scored Irving Lopez. Day finished the game going 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIís.
Day would later score along with Beau Cebulski in the eighth on a wild pitch and then Nate Stepna scored thereafter on an RBI single from Matt Higgins.
Mike Tinucci (2-0) earned the win, tossing the final 1.1 innings while allowing just one hit.
The Matadors remain at home this Saturday when they host the South Mountain Cougars. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon at Kammann Field and as always, admission is FREE! If you canít make it to the game on Saturday, you can hear it live on the radio at 560 KBLU-AM, beginning with our pre-game show at 11:50am leading up to the first pitch.



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