Softball Makes ACCAC Take Notice
Unranked Roughriders hold first place in the Division I league standings over three ranked teams
The Roughrider softball team continues to impress the ACCAC in their first year of action topping the #6 ranked Central Arizona College Vaqueras (43-7, 14-6) at Roughrider Park this afternoon, 8-0 and 9-0. The win keeps YC in first place of the NJCAA Division I conference teams tied with #1 ranked Eastern Arizona College although EAC has played two less league games than Yavapai (35-8, 17-3).
Jenna Rodriguez (21-4) pitched a complete game shutout in the opening contest allowing only two hits with eight strikeouts. From the plate, YC was led by Shaunte Duarte as she collected three hits in three at bats with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Aly Rhodes and Briana Swift both were 2 for 3 and Caitlin Stangl and Brittany Tucker were 2 for 4.
Jessie Pretzer (2-0) got the rare start in the nightcap and took full advantage of the situation as she threw four solid innings scattering three hits and two walks to record the victory. Tucker and Rodriguez each went deep for Yavapai. Stangl, Jennifer Maule and Kacie Smith were perfect from the plate (2/2) and Aubriana Chiquete was 2 for 3 with a double, 1 run scored and two runs knocked in.
YC plays a non-conference doubleheader tomorrow, Wednesday, March 26th against Clackamas Community College (2-5) out of Oregon at Roughrider Park in Prescott. Yavapai resumes conference play on Saturday, March 29th in a homecoming for Head Coach Stacy Iveson as the Roughriders travel to Tucson to face Iveson’s former team, Pima Community College. Both twinbills will begin at 12:00 PM.