After scoring five runs in the second inning by sending 10 men to the plate, the Matadors had to sneak by with a 7-6 extra-innings win in the first game of their doubleheader against Paradise Valley Saturday.
The Matadors gave those five runs right back to Paradise Valley in the top of the third. AWC starting pitcher Brandon Anderson went three innings giving up five earned runs on four hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Travis Garcia-Perreira, Beau Cebulski, Xavier Palmer and Ryan Escobar all recorded multi-hit games, with Escobar going 4 for 4.
With Palmer on third base with one out, Angel Sanchez recorded a sacrifice fly to win the game.
“We hung in there, and played well the first game,” AWC coach Drew Keehn said. “We had just one bad inning pitching (in Game 1). Brandon's been hurt a little bit, and I think his hip affected him.”
Starting pitching plagued the Matadors in Game 2, an 8-2 loss. Richard Dutton started the game for AWC and allowed five runs on five hits including a three-run home run that put the game out of reach.
“We got very poor starting pitching, and we only got four hits,” Keehn said. “We didn't get any two-out hits, either, and four hits (for the game) just aren't going to work.
AWC hosts South Mountain for a noon doubleheader on Tuesday.
Matadors get swept by Yavapai
The Matador bats couldn't figure out Yavapai pitching Saturday losing both sides of their doubleheader 6-1 and 5-2.
Briana VanSickle gave six runs, only two of which were earned, in her loss in the first game.
Besides a Robyn Alvara solo home run, Courtnie Ploesche was the only batter that reached second base off of Yavapai starter Aundria Zuniga-Romero.
Zuniga-Romero pitched the first four innings of Game 2 and limited the Matadors to two runs off four hits while striking out six. Both teams stranded seven base runners, including AWC leaving the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
AWC hosts Mesa at noon on Tuesday for a doubleheader.