A major collision on the base paths is about to occur down in Coolidge.
Today’s doubleheader between No. 9 Yavapai College (Prescott) and the Central Arizona College Vaqueros will determine first place in the ACCAC. Both teams are coming off doubleheader sweeps of their last opponents and are entering the game at CAC with a full head of steam.
Yavapai (11-1) collected a couple of come-from-behind victories over second-place South Mountain CC on Thursday, sweeping the doubleheader, 6-4, 10-5. The Roughriders have now won 16 of their last 17 games.
Both games were decided late. In the opener, Cam Schiller got the game-winning hit in the top of the 7th to score two runs and break a 4-4- tie, and the Roughriders erupted for 10 runs in the final three innings of the nightcap. Schiller was 3-for-7 on the day, with a double, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Cam Brown went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
On Tuesday, CAC (10-2) rolled over Eastern Arizona College, 11-1 and 16-1, to extend the Vaqueros’ winning streak to nine games.
The Vaqueros scored in eight consecutive innings over the two games, racking up a total of 26 hits, including six doubles and four triples.
Tyler Parke pitched a three-hit shutout through five innings in the first game and Jake Dziubczynski had a strong outing in the second game, striking out seven in his five innings.
Bryan Karraker went 3-for-3 at the plate in the opener and Nick Carrillo, who pitched the final inning of the 11-1 win, also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-2. In the second game, Max Rossiter finished 3-for-3 and AJ Schugel went 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
This will be the first confrontation between Yavapai and CAC since they met in last year’s NJCAA Region I Div. II playoffs.
And these games will feel just as important.