Week 3 Baseball Wrap-Up (Feb. 16, 2014)-
The Cougars got off to a rough start in the third week of the 2014 season. South Mountain lost both non-conference games leading up to the start of the 2014 ACCAC schedule. On Tuesday, the Cougars went extra innings with Chandler-Gilbert CC, only to fall by the score of 5-4 in 10 innings. Rallying from an early 3-0 deficit, the Cougars were able to tie the game at 4-4 after seven innings, but the Coyotes pushed across a run in the 10th for the win. Sophomore Justin Behnke had three hits to lead the Cougars offense. On Wednesday, the Cougars fell to Arizona Christian JV team in a lackluster performance. Once again, the Cougars fell in 10 innings, after tying the game at 2-2 in the 8th inning. On Saturday, South Mountain opened the ACCAC season on the road at conference rival Yavapai College. In the first game, the Cougars jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a first inning grand slam from sophomore Ethan Springston. The Cougars held on to win by the score of 7-4 with the help of Springston’s five RBIs. In game two, the Roughriders jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but the Cougars scored five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good. Sophomore Eddie Villa had four hits in the game, while Chris Akmon, Justin Behnke, and Jeff Carter added three hits each. The Cougars went on to win the second game by the score of 11-6. Next week the Cougars will travel to Pima CC on Tuesday, take on ASU Club team on Wednesday, and match up with Phoenix College on Friday and Saturday.
Week 2 Baseball Wrap-Up (Feb. 9, 2014)-
The Cougars won two of four games in the College of Southern Nevada Tournament this weekend. South Mountain opened up on Friday afternoon by defeating Gateway CC by the score of 11-4. The Cougars were led by three hits from sophomore Justin Behnke and two hits, including a home run from sophomore Hayden Spellbring. Sophomore Jared Mattera recorded his first win of the season with five solid innings on the mound. The Cougars fell to Southern Nevada in the night-cap by the score of 8-2. Southern Nevada jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and the Cougars could not recover. On Saturday, South Mountain was defeated by conference opponent Paradise Valley in a lop-sided 9-4 contest. Sophomores Tyler Cook, Eddie Villa, and Melvin Gray each had two hits for the Cougars in the defeat. On Sunday morning, the Cougars took on and defeated Northeastern Colorado by the score of 16-1. Freshman Tyler Erwin threw five innings, allowing just four hits and one run, for his first win on the mound. On offense, the Cougars were led by sophomores Melvin Gray (three hits) and Chris Akmon (three RBIs). This upcoming week, the Cougars will play non-conference games on Tuesday (Chandler-Gilbert CC) and Wednesday (Arizona Christian JV), before opening up the conference schedule at Yavapai College on Saturday.
Week 1 Baseball Wrap-Up (Feb. 2, 2014)-
The Cougars opened up the 2014 season by winning two of three games against nationally ranked Western Nevada College. South Mountain was led by winning pitchers Scot Hoffman and Clay Miller in each of the first two games. Sophomores Lucas Leifeld and Melvin Gray led the offense, in the first game, with two hits each, while Leifeld also pitched in two RBIs. In game two, Clay Miller threw five innings, allowing just one hit and one run. Freshman Easton Garcia and sophomore Melvin Gray each had two hits on offense. Garcia drove in two runs with a single and a double. Freshman Brandon Yslas recorded saves in each of the first two games. In the third game of the weekend, South Mountain fell behind 7-3, but rallied to 7-6 in the ninth inning. The Cougars loaded the bases in the 9th inning, with nobody out, but Western Nevada held on for the 7-6 victory. South Mountain will head to Henderson, NV. next weekend for four games in the College of Southern Nevada Tournament.