MESA — No. 7 nationally ranked Cochise College got another road split against a conference opponent over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Apaches traveled to Mesa Community College for a doubleheader matchup against the Thunderbirds. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Rogers started on the mound for the Apaches in game one. Rogers had excellent pitch ability in his outing, throwing six strong innings and only allowing five hits and one walk to go with his seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, poor defense in the sixth inning allowed Mesa Community College to score the only run of the game as they would go on to take game one by a score of 1-0.

The Apaches looked to bounce back in game two as they were hungry to get a split on the road. Although the offense for the Apaches was nonexistent in game one, they came ready to play in game two. Sophomore catcher Luke Jacketta got the Apaches going with an RBI double in the third inning. Right behind him in the lineup freshman, shortstop Jimmy De Leon would go on to hit a two-RBI single down the right-field line. The Apaches never looked back in this game as they would take a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning. Former Buena High School standout Steven Saunders has had a very productive freshman year so far for the Apaches, but his showing in game two of the Mesa Community College doubleheader was quite a performance. Saunders would go on to hit a home run in the fifth inning and then mashed another one in the ninth inning to solidify the Apaches’ 7-2 win over the Thunderbirds.

Cochise College is now 32-7 overall with a 16-6 conference record as they get back into action at home Tuesday against Pima Community College.

— Submitted by Cochise College Athletics

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