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Yuma Downed by Kofa Again

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Saul Millan (left) anticipating a ball to first while Juan Castillo (right) runs to second

Saul Millan (left) anticipating a ball to first while Juan Castillo (right) runs to second

Saul Millan (left) anticipating a ball to first while Juan Castillo (right) runs to second

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YUMA, AZ – Kofa didn’t go easy on Yuma, Friday afternoon at Yuma’s home field, instead the Kings blew them out 14-0.

This was the second time these rivals faced off this season with Kofa beating them 24-0 in the two games. Yuma’s inefficiency at the plate led them to their defeat.

Players such as infielder Ulises Bustillos, pitcher Jaiden Haddock, and infielder Saul Millan all played well, but what was missing for Yuma?

“We are not turning that switch on, we are a good enough team, we just have to turn the switch on,” Yuma head coach Nick Johnson said. “It comes with playing baseball and wanting to win and compete. More so than you want a breath of air.”

In the first two innings, two opposite play styles were prominent. While Yuma was batting right into the gloves of the Kings, such as Eric Rico’s fly ball to the outfield, Kofa managed to hit the ball into precise areas allowing them to run to bases effectively. Yuma’s pitcher Jaiden Haddock started off the game pitching, but in the third inning Saul Millan took up the mound.

“I think he threw well, he had a little bit of trouble finding the zone at first then he settled in,” Johnson said. “He didn’t give up.”

Kofa’s Damein Rinehart demonstrated this play style constantly, with his experience competing across the nation, he is not the type to flee from a tough situation.

“He is older, he is mature, you can’t substitute for that,” Leon said. “He does a heck of a job competing, but we would like to refine him.”

Throughout the entirety of the game, Juan Cortez scored one run and had two RBI’s, while Enrique Porchas scored three runs and had three RBI’s.

“Juan Cortez has been carrying us offensively and on the mound,” Leon said. “He has busted himself up to the lineup and high.”

In the third inning, Kofa took advantage of Yuma’s inability to turn on that switch and execute early on the game to score five runs. To contribute to these five runs, four of them were made by Porchas, Kevin Avila, Juan Castillo, and Rinehart all in one bat. The fourth inning was a stale mate, no runs scored, but this silence didn’t last long until the fifth inning where another three runs were scored eventually ending the game 14-0.

“They don’t care if you are winning and losing games, they show up to fight,” Johnson said. “They are going to beat you up and down the floor if you don’t fight back.”

Johnson knew his team had to play well in the small areas of the game to gain the advantage, but they needed to come back to competing and playing the game with one hundred percent of their effort.

“Our approaches at the plate weren’t as good enough as they could’ve been today, but it comes back to competing and playing baseball the way it is supposed to be played.”

 

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  1. Trevor Bodnar on March 15th, 2017 11:57 am

    Someone said this was the last Yuma/Kofa game of the school year. A shame for the Seniors on the team.

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