Vandals roll in final home baseball game

David Sowders/Arizona Silver Belt Vandals senior Matt Riddle at the bat in Miami’s final home baseball game, against San Miguel.

The Miami Vandals baseball team delivered another decisive win in their final home game last Thursday, defeating the San Miguel (Tucson) Vipers 25-0 in four and a half innings.

It was also Senior Night, and in a pregame ceremony the team honored its senior players - Gabe Escobedo, Weezy Koyaesva, Angel Perkins and Matt Riddle – and their parents.

Escobedo began the game on a high note, striking out San Miguel’s lead batter, then hitting a home run in his own first at-bat. He fi nished with three runs, three RBIs, two doubles and a triple; as starting pitcher, he struck out three. Koyaesva, who relieved Escobedo in the third inning, struck out another six batters; from the plate, Koyaesva recorded a pair of runs, three RBIs and two doubles. Riddle had four runs, two RBIs, a double and a triple. Perkins went two-for-three at the plate, and added a run of his own.

Miami junior Izak Villalobos also had a strong game, with a team-leading five runs including a first-inning homer, six RBIs, two doubles and a triple; junior Jamie Pena added three scores, four RBIs, a double and a triple. Both batted 1.000 in their five and four plate appearances, respectively.

The Vandals ended the regular season Saturday, with an 8-7 road victory over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets. Miami finished with a 24-4 record, sweeping the 2A South division at 10-0, and as of Friday was ranked second in the conference.

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