WESTERN DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!!!
May 17, 2015
The Roughrider baseball team is the 2015 NJCAA Division I Western District Champions after their 9-6 victory over the tournament host team College of Southern Nevada. With the victory, Yavapai advances to the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado beginning May 23rd. It will be Yavapai’s 8th trip to the tournament and the first since 2006. YC won the title in 1975, 1977 and 1993.
The Roughriders and College of Southern Nevada volleyed the lead four times on Saturday, but YC came out on top for a 9-6 win on Saturday at Henderson, Nevada.
Yavapai took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the second inning. After Brody Clifford homered, plating Alexis Cruz. Southern Nevada was equal to the task in their next at bats as they put two runs on the board.
The Coyotes took their first lead in the game in their half of the fifth inning pushing three runs across. However, the Green and Gold grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on grand slam by Austin Paschke plating Brock Hartley, Marco Jaime and Luke Doyle.
Austin Paschke racked up four RBIs on two hits for the Roughriders.
The Coyotes put a single run up in the 6th inning, but YC countered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Alexis Cruz led off the inning being hit by a pitch. Clifford lined out to center field and Jamie singled. Willie Calhoun doubled to right plating Cruz and moving Jamie to third. Luke Doyle followed with a sacrifice fly scoring Jamie for the final runs of the game.
Michael Laudick shut down Southern Nevada while he was on the rubber. Laudick held the host team hitless over 2 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.
Degan Harte recorded the win for YC even though he allowed six runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked one and surrendered 12 hits.
Nicko Ortega got the final three outs in the ninth inning for his second save of the tournament.
Jamie was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Clifford was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored and Paschke was 2 for 4 with 4 runs batted in and one run scored.
Information on the NJCAA World Series can be found at http://www.njcaa.org/sports_nationalChampionship.cfm?category=National%20Championship&sid=7&divid=1&slid=3
CALHOUN BREAKS YC HOME RUN RECORD
May 9, 2015
In the first game of the NJCAA Region I Division I Championship Series against Cochise College, Yavapai's Willie Calhoun hit an opposite field grand slam, his 30th of the year, to break Yavapai baseball's season home run record. The record was held by Brian Deak who hit 29 home runs in 1986. Calhoun hit his 31st home run of the year in Yavapai's next game.
YC WINS REGION AND ADVANCES TO WEST DISTRICT TOURNEY
May 9, 2015
The Roughrider baseball team scored an improbable eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to sweep Cochise College in the NJCAA Region I Championship Series and advance to the NJCAA West District Finals. Yavapai won today’s game 12-11 and the series, 2-0. Yavapai advances their overall record to 42-16.
Trailing since the first inning, YC used 5 hits, 5 walks and a hit batsman to take the lead and what proved to be the game. Prior to the ninth inning, Yavapai only managed 4 runs on 7 hits.
The top of the first saw the Roughriders take an early lead, 2-0. Willie Calhoun kicked things off for YC with a double. A groundout by Alexis Olmeda then moved Calhoun from second to third. Brock Hartley singled, bringing home Calhoun. Yavapai added more runs when Doyle scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Paschke.
Cochise put up four runs in the second inning, 2 runs in the third and fourth, 1 run in the fifth and 2 more runs in the seventh.
After the first inning, YC scored single runs in the fifth and the seventh before the 8-run outburst in the ninth.
In the decisive ninth, Yavapai led the inning off with 3 base on balls for Brody Clifford, John King and Calhoun. Luke Doyle followed with a single chasing home Clifford. Olmeda followed that up with another single plating King. Hartley took a walk and Austin Paschke singled driving in Doyle. Andrew Hermanson followed that up with another single chasing Olmeda and Hartley home.
After a Cochise double play, Clifford returned to the plate for the second time in the inning with a runner on third. Clifford was plunked and King was issued another walk. With the bases loaded, Calhoun delivered the game winning single scoring Paschke and Clifford for the winning run.
Calhoun, Hermanson, Doyle and Hartley combined for 10 hits and seven RBIs. Calhoun launched his 31st home run of the year.
Yavapai advances to the NJCAA West District Finals at a Region 18 site yet to be determined. The games will begin on Thursday, May 14th.
GORDON SCORES IN HIS 200TH MLS MATCH
April 13, 2015
Former Roughrider great Alan Gordan (Yavapai 2000, 2001) scored the lone goal of the match to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders, Sunday afternoon in Carson, California. It also marked Gordan's 200th official Major League Soccer appearance.
3 Former YC Players Kick Off MLB Season
April 6, 2015
The Major League Baseball season begins today with 3 former Yavapai College Roughrider baseball players suiting up for their respective teams.
Kole Calhoun (2007 and 2008) begins his 4th season with the Los Angeles Angels. For his career, the Buckeye native has played in 206 MLB games hitting .271 with 25 home runs and 91 RBI’s. Calhoun and his team kicks it off tonight at Seattle.
Ken Giles (2011) starts his sophomore season with the Philadelphia Phillies. The hard-throwing right-hander finished 4th last season in the National League Rookie of the Year honors. The Albuquerque, New Mexico product appeared in 44 games a year ago and had a 3-1 record recording 64 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched and had an impressive 1.18 ERA. The Phillies begin their season tonight entertaining the Boston Red Sox.
Kirby Yates (2008 and 2009) also begins his second season of major league ball. The Lihue, Hawaii native saw action in 37 games last season striking out 42 batters in 36 innings pitched. He and his Tampa Bay Rays team will play host to the Baltimore Orioles tonight.