1/26/2013 9:59:00 PM Yavapai baseball team opens up with perfect start
YC 11, No. 17 Salt Lake 2
YC 13, Southern Idaho 5
YC 10, Colorado Northwestern 1
YC 5, Southern Nevada 3
The Daily Courier
The Yavapai College baseball team had about as good of a season-opening weekend as it could have hoped.
The Roughriders won all four games Friday and Saturday at the College of Southern Nevada Invitational to carry a 4-0 mark back to Prescott, where they will play five straight at Roughrider Park.
After sweeping their two games Friday on Opening Day, the winning continued on Saturday, and with plenty of offense and drama to test their early mettle.
The Roughriders opened the day with a 10-1, rain-shortened win over Colorado Northwestern. Sophomore right-hander Peter Lenstrohm (Paradise Valley) earned the win on the mound with a one-hitter over his four innings. He scattered six strikeouts.
At the plate, sophomore Aaron Blair (Queen Creek) went 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Prescott product Michael Howard drove in four runs, scored twice, and had two hits. Tim Arakawa (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Chris Burks (Goodyear) each collected two hits.
After the big burst of offense, YC enjoyed some drama in the nightcap's 5-3 win over Southern Nevada.
Yavapai lost a 3-0 lead when the host school tied things up with a 3-spot in the bottom of the eighth.
But Howard swung the big bat late. After sophomore Austin Murphy (Denver, Colo.) walked to reach base in the top of the ninth, a base hit from freshman Justin McMurrey (Oxnard, Calif.) advanced him to second. Howard then drove in what held up to be the winning run.
Blair kept his hot day going with two more hits, including a fourth-inning home run. Starting right-hander Jacob Doyle (Glendale) fanned nine Southern Nevada batters over 6 2/3 shutout innings.
The Roughriders turn their attention to some home cooking with five straight in Prescott, including their Arizona conference opener against Glendale. The Gauchos are in for a single game on Feb. 5 (2 p.m.), followed by two with Southern Nevada on Feb. 9 and two with No. 17 Salt Lake Feb. 13.