St. George Bound!
Saturday afternoon at Bill Vallely Field, the top ranked Roughrider softball team qualified for their fourth straight trip to the NJCAA Division I National Championship with a 12-3 victory over Pima Community College. YC goes into the tournament with a 62-4 record.
Yavapai began the day needing to win three games after dropping the first game of the Region I tournament Friday. In their first game of the day, the Riders had a rematch with Arizona Western College who beat them on Friday. Yavapai had their revenge as they pounded the Matadors, 20-0. The victory set up the title game with Pima. Yavapai would need to beat the Aztecs twice in order to retain their region crown.
It took nine innings for the Roughriders to win the first game as Ashleigh Siepl was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run that set the table for the championship game, winner take all. Amelia Willadsen put in a gutsy performance pitching all nine innings for the victory.
In the second title game, Yavapai dominated the deflated Aztecs behind timely hitting by Estela Pinon (4 for 4), Alex Landon (3 for 4), Ashleigh Siepl (2 for 3, 5 RBI’s) and Danielle Muniz (2 for 4). Willadsen and Pinon had strong outing from the mound allowing only three runs on six hits.
The national tournament will be held in St. George, Utah on May 19-21. Since 2008, Yavapai has an 8-5 record at the World Series winning the title in 2009 and finishing third last season.