The Roughrider softball team concluded the Great Western Shootout undefeated as they won two games on Saturday in Yuma. Yavapai is now 9-1 on the 2019 season.
In the opening game, YC had to come from behind and outlasted the Golden Eagles from College of Southern Idaho, for the 9-8 victory.
The Riders fell behind 5-2 after two complete innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Yavapai put five runs on the board to take a 7-5 lead. Southern Idaho added three in their half of the sixth inning to regain the lead but the Roughriders scored two in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead for good. Zoe Zoellner threw the final six outs to record the victory.
Neenah Pangilinan was 2 for 3 to lead the Rider offense. Shaylee Alani, Jessica Giacoma and Meredith Clark each had two runs batted in.
The Riders needed extra innings to win the final game of the day over Utah State University – Eastern, 5-3. Shaya Pinner got the victory from the circle.
Both teams posted a lone run in the first inning and neither team scored until YC took the lead in their half of the sixth inning. Utah State sent the game into extra innings with a lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
YC scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning and held off the opposing team in the bottom of the inning to garner the victory.
Meredith Cark was 2 for 4 and Mikayla Marquez was 2 for 3 to lead the Rider attack.
Yavapai begins conference play on Tuesday, February 5th at Mesa Community College beginning at 1:00 PM. YC will have their home opener on Saturday, February 9th entertaining fellow Division I nemesis Arizona Western College. The doubleheader will begin at 12:00 PM at Bill Vallely Park in Prescott.
The Roughrider baseball team remained undefeated with two victories on Saturday over fellow Division I foes, South Mountain Community College and #7 ranked Central Arizona College. Yavapai is now 3-0 on the young season.
In the opening game of the day, the Roughrider offense exploded for twelve hits including six for extra bases in the 13-1 run rule shortened victory.
YC took the early lead scoring at least one run in every inning except for the second inning. Trey Morril threw five innings of no-hit ball striking out six batters. William Sierra pitched the final two innings surrendering one run while striking out three.
Jacob Robson was 3 for 3 with three runs batted in. Logan Williams was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Nick Adams each homered for the Riders.
In the nightcap, the Roughriders came from behind to knock off the #7 pre-season ranked Vaqueros, 7-2. After giving up two runs in the bottom of the 1stinning, Tyler Smith and Bobby Meza held Central Arizona scoreless for the remainder of the game. Both pitchers combined for eleven strikeouts.
Offensively, Matt Novis and Christian Encarnacion-Strand led the Roughrider charge with two hits apiece. Novis had a triple and three runs knocked in and Encarnacion-Strand had a home run and one RBI. Tommy Sacco added two runs batted in.
These same two teams will tangle on Sunday at 12:30 PM in the final game of the weekend.
On Saturday, February 9th YC will play at Phoenix College in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 12:00 PM.