Softball Wins Region DI Title
Rodriguez named MVP. Head Coach Iveson returns to the World Series for third time.
The secret to softball successes…take 27 years off. After the lengthy hiatus, the Yavapai College softball team earned the right to go to the NJCAA National Tournament, marking at the least the third time that a YC softball team has advanced to the national stage. In the late 70’s, at least two teams made it to the national tournament. Due to limited archives, that number is an estimation.
Needing to win only one game on the day, YC found themselves in a do-or-die situation after dropping the first game to the #4 ranked Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters, 4-3 this afternoon. In what has been the theme of the Roughrider team throughout the play-offs, the ladies bounced back in the nightcap to beat EAC, 7-5, in the elimination game to capture the NJCAA Region I Division I Title. With the victory, Yavapai will now advance to the NJCAA Softball World Series in Plant City, Florida.
Freshman pitcher Jenna Rodriguez was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Her statistics for the weekend included a 2-1 pitching record and a .500 plus batting average including a home run in today’s first game.
Yavapai will enter the National Tournament ranked #12 in the final NJCAA poll and a 44-16 overall record. The national berth is head coach Stacy Iveson’s third trip. While heading the Pima Community College team prior to YC, Iveson won two national championships. Will the third time be a charm for the Iveson and the Roughriders? The competition will begin Thursday, May 15th.