SIGNAL PEAK — Chalk up two more victories for the undefeated and top-ranked Central Arizona College baseball team.
The Vaqueros scored eight runs in the third inning of Game 1 to overcome a 2-1 deficit and went on to run-rule South Mountain 12-2 in five innings Tuesday at CAC Field. Devon Dixon’s first-inning grand slam in Game 2 propelled Central to a 7-1 win over the Cougars.
“It was a good day,” CAC coach Anthony Gilich said. “We got a couple of good wins against a team that’s always tough.”
The Vaqueros are 26-0 overall and 16-0 in Arizona Community College Athletic Conference play. They strung together five consecutive two-out singles in the third inning of the opener and finished with 13 hits. Tyler Woessner hurled six shutout innings in Game 2, striking out nine.
“I’m just happy with the way our guys are able to focus,” Gilich said. “They’ve been doing a good job of putting the blinders on and attacking whatever’s ahead of them.”
Hunter Omlid (6-0) went the distance in Game 1. The right-hander limited the Cougars to four hits, struck out five and walked two.
South Mountain (15-7, 10-6 ACCAC) scored single runs in the first and third innings.
“Omlid did a good job of damage control,” Gilich said. “He was able to get out of a couple of jams and limit them to one run.”
Hayden Seldomridge had an RBI single in the CAC first to make it 1-1.
Kiko Romero’s two-run single in the third put Central ahead to stay at 3-2. Dixon drove in two runs with a single, Ryan Grabosch and Matt Aribal followed with RBI singles, and Preston Godfrey capped the big inning with a two-run single. CAC sent 12 batters to the plate.
JD McLaughlin extended the lead to 10-2 with a solo home run in the fourth and ended the game with an RBI groundout in the fifth. Godfrey had an RBI single in the fifth.
Godfrey went 3 for 4. McLaughlin and Dixon each had two hits for the Vaqueros.
Woessner lowered his ERA to 1.69 with his string of zeros in Game 2.
“That was his best outing of the year,” Gilich said. “He was in command the whole way.”
South Mountain scored a fifth-inning run off Liam Evans, who allowed two hits and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings. McLaughlin came on the get the final two outs in the ninth.
Dixon’s two-out grand slam “gave Woessner a nice cushion,” Gilich said.
The Vaqueros went up 7-0 with three runs in the fourth. After Godfrey drew a bases-loaded walk with one out, Romero followed with a two-run single.
Godfrey and Romero each had two of Central’s five hits.
The Vaqueros are on the road for their next four doubleheaders, starting with Saturday’s twinbill at Chandler-Gilbert. Central won’t play at home again until April 10, when it faces Arizona Western. Fans are not allowed to attend any CAC athletic events due to coronavirus restrictions.