Roughriders Squashed In Opener
In the first game of the NJCAA Region I Division I Championship Series, the Roughriders fell to conference champion Central Arizona College Thursday afternoon, 12-1. The Vaqueros can wrap up the Region Title with a victory over YC on Friday.
Offensively, Yavapai could only muster a lone run on eight hits against opponent pitching. Jonathan Rodriguez was a perfect 3 for 3 with a double and Kenneth Gallegos was 2 for 4 with a double.
Tony Vocca took the loss throwing only 2.1 innings giving up five runs on two hits and five walks.
Central scored 6 runs in the first six innings before the Roughriders crossed the plate. The Vaqueros added six more in the seventh and eighth innings to finish the scoring.
Both teams play again on Friday, May 13th. YC can force a Game Three with a victory and Central Arizona can claim their fourth consecutive Region I title with a win. Both teams have already qualified for next week’s NJCAA West District Finals held at the home field of the region champions. Also competing will be the champions of Region 9 and Region 18. Tomorrow’s game will start at 2:00 PM.