Softball In Title Game
The Roughrider softball team advanced to the NJCAA Region I Division I title game in dramatic fashion this afternoon at Roughrider Park by beating the defending national champions, Eastern Arizona College, 5-3.
YC will face these same Gila Monsters tomorrow, May 3rd at 12:00 PM for the championship. Yavapai is now 43-15 on the season.
The hero of the day was Shaunte Duarte. With two runners on and the Roughriders down by 1 in the final frame, the University of New Mexico bound sophomore connected on a pitch to clear the fence and the bases for the come from behind victory. The hit was Duarte’s 17th home run of the year.
EAC earned the right to face the Roughriders in the title match after beating Pima Community College in the play-in game, 9-7. The game will begin at 12:00 PM tomorrow afternoon. If the Riders win, they will be crowned the champions and advance to the NJCAA Division I Softball World Series. If EAC is victorious, both teams will play in an elimination game immediately following the first game. The winner will travel to Plant City, Florida for the National Tournament.