Five Lady Roughriders Honored
The accolades continue to roll in for the Yavapai College softball players.
Jenna Rodriguez, Brittany Tucker, Kacie Smith, Shaunte Duarte and Caitlin Stangl were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) 1st Team All-Region this past week. Furthermore, Stangl and Tucker were named NJCAA Division I Second Team All-Americans. Earlier in the month, all five were awarded All-ACCAC honors.
Stangl hit a whopping .493 to lead the team, which also put her seventh in the ACCAC and 19th in the country. The Tucson native also posted 109 hits (2nd in the ACCAC), 82 runs scored (4th in the ACCAC) and stole 70 bases (2nd nationally).
Tucker had a batting average of .420 on the year with 70 RBI’s (10th nationally) and 14 home runs (12th in the country). The Tucsonan also led the team with 5 triples.
Rodriguez, who hails from California, pulled double duty from the mound and the plate. As a pitcher, Jenna was 28-11 with a 2.05 ERA and 210 strikeouts. From the dish, Rodriguez had 15 home runs (11th in the NJCAA), hit .439 and knocked in 55 runs.
The New Mexico State bound Duarte, led the team in home runs (17) and finished 8th in the ACCAC in that category. She hit .371 for the year and had 53 ribbies.
Smith hit an impressive .430 for the year. She had 80 hits, 68 runs scored, 13 doubles and was 32 for 33 in stolen bases. The Millenium high school product was 20th in the nation with 66 RBI’s.
In their first year of play after a 27-year hiatus, the Roughriders stormed to a 46-18 record, an NJCAA Region I Division I championship and a trip to the NJCAA World Series.