After winning its first two games in Arizona, the Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers’ baseball team has fallen in each of the last two games.
The Pioneers beat Scottsdale Community College on Sunday but could not outlast the Fighting Artichokes on Tuesday, losing 9-8 after Scottsdale put two runs on the board in the final inning to claim the victory.
The Pioneers (14-8) could not get their bats going until the seventh inning and ultimately lost to the Central Arizona College Vaqueros (19-11) by a final score of 6-2.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings, but the Vaqueros got on the board in the bottom of the third inning after WOSC pitcher Malachi Emond walked Central Arizona’s Devin Ray and gave up a fly ball single to Brad Morgan to advance Ray to third.
The Vaquero’s Pikai Duque-Winchester then popped out to center field, but Ray scored on the sacrifice fly to give Central Arizona the 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers’ Emond avoided further damage by forcing Central Arizona’s Isaiah Garcia to ground out to end the inning.
WOSC had two consecutive groundouts in the top of the fourth. Taylor Avila singled to left field but was caught stealing second on the ensuing at-bat to end the inning for the Pioneers.
The Vaqueros scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth to push their lead to 6-0.
The Pioneers finally got going in the top of the seventh inning after Central Arizona’s pitcher walked both Juan Paulino and Miguel Lorenzo to put two Pioneer runners on base.
WOSC’s Wright struck out but during his at-bat, a pickoff attempt by the Vaqueros resulted in an error after an overthrow, allowing Paulino’s pinch runner Alberto Gonzalez to cross home plate and give WOSC their first run of the game.
The Pioneers’ Perez grounded out, but scored Lorenzo and closed the gap to 6-2.
But WOSC’s Anthony flew out in foul territory to give the Pioneers their third out of the inning and end their rally.
Neither team produced another run and the 6-2 loss gave the Pioneers their second consecutive loss in Arizona.
WOSC’s Avila, Paulino, Wright, Perez and Anthony all recorded one hit in the game.
The Pioneers sent seven pitchers to the mound in the game.
The Pioneers faced Scottsdale again Friday and Gateway Community College on Saturday to close out their six-game roadtrip. The final scores were not available at press time.
The Vaquero’s picked up where they left off.
WOSC’s Victor Martinez-Espinol relieved Emond on the mound and hit the first batter he faced to put one on base for Central Arizona.
The next Vaqueros batter grounded out but Martinez-Espinol walked Central Arizona’s Roger Varela on five pitches to give the Vaqueros two runners on base.
WOSC’s coaching staff sent in Junior Obeso to relieve Martinez-Espinol against Central Arizona’s Sam Schroeder.
Schroeder caught a pitch and sent a fly ball to right field to score a run and push the lead to 2-0.
Facing the Vaqueros’ Ty Johnson, Obeso’s first pitch was driven to right field for a double to score Varela and advance Schroeder to third, giving Central Arizona a 3-0 lead with two runners in scoring position.
A passed ball during the Vaqueros next at-bat allowed Schroeder to run in for the score and give Central Arizona a 4-0 lead over the Pioneers.
But Obeso struck out the next two batters to get WOSC out of the inning.
After two quick outs in the top of the fifth, the Pioneers were able to get several batters on base after Colton Wright was walked, Danny Perez singled to left field, and Sam Anthony singled to center field to load the bases.
But the Pioneer’s Nick Smith grounded into a fielder’s choice at third base and a tag on Perez gave the Pioneers their final out of the inning.
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