Softball Secures Home Advantage
The Roughrider (25-5, 51-6) softball team clinched home field advantage throughout the NJCAA Region I Division I play-offs with a doubleheader sweep of then second place Pima Community College (20-10, 47-15) Saturday afternoon in Tucson, 2-1 and 10-2.
With two games left, the opponent has yet to be determined. Arizona Western College and Eastern Arizona College are tied for second place in the DI race with a 21-9 record followed by Pima. Yavapai entertains EAC on Tuesday in the regular season finale.
It took nine innings, but Audrey Workman got the victory in the first game and helped her cause with a pinch-hit RBI. The reigning ACCAC Pitcher of the Week allowed only three hits and struck out nine. Caitlin Stangl and Aubri Chiquete each collected two hits a piece.
Jenna Rodriguez pitched three innings in the nightcap to get the victory and Britinie Hardine pitched the final four frames. Stangl collected three more hits and Ashley Snedecker had two base knocks and two runs batted in. Kacie Smith, Kylie Morin and Rodriguez each had two hits with Smith hitting her 11th home run of the year.
On Tuesday, Yavapai College will honor the first sophomore class since the program was reinstated after a 27-year hiatus. Those being recognized are: Ali Rhodes, Britinie Hardine, Aubri Chiquete, Brittany Tucker, Ana Castillo, Jenna Rodriguez, Kacie Smith and Caitlin Stangl. The second-year performers have an astonishing combined record of 97-24 with one trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. The festivities will begin immediately following the second game of the twinbill against EAC. The games will begin at 12:00 PM at Roughrider Park.