Cochise College Athletics

Apaches win one, lose momentum against South Mountain

IMG_1361DOUGLAS — The Cochise College baseball team split its doubleheader against South Mountain on Thursday, winning game one 8-1 and falling in game two 9-6.

A six-run explosion in the sixth inning lifted the Apaches to the early win in seven innings.

Darick Hall had two RBIs on two hits, a triple in the fifth inning and a single in the sixth.

South Mountain had no answer for Steve Naemark, who kept runners off the basepaths in the complete game. He gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four.

In the late game, Hall was 2 for 3 at the plate, reaching base four times and driving in two runs. He was the game’s losing pitcher, lasting three innings, while walking none, striking out out four, and allowing four runs.

South Mountain took an early lead with two runs in the first before put up three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Hall, a sacrifice fly by Jason Sanez, and an RBI single by Gerardo Arzaga.

South Mountain went on to score a run in each of the third and fourth innings, followed by three in the fifth. The Apaches couldn’t mount a comeback, scoring a run in the seventh and two in the eighth before South Mountain scored two insurance runs in the ninth.

The Apaches are 24-20 overall this season heading into Saturday’s doubleheader at Eastern Arizona.

Cochise then hosts the University of Arizona Club team in a doubleheader Sunday starting at noon. Admission is free to all regular-season home games.