Riders Split With Wranglers
The Roughrider softball team split a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Bill Vallely Field with the visiting Wranglers from Odessa College, TX. YC came from behind in the opener to win 8-7 and Odessa (23-12, 4-0) returned the favor in the second game winning 4-2. Yavapai is now 34-5 overall and 22-2 in ACCAC play.
Earlier in the day, the recent NJCAA Division I Softball Poll was released and YC is ranked #2 and the Wranglers come in at #12.
In the first game YC jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead after two innings of play, however, in the third and fourth innings Odessa scored six runs to take the lead.
The Roughrider bats broke loose in the fifth inning with five hits and four runs with Brandi Heimburg driving in Alma Cortez with the winning run.
Mel Willadsen began the game from the circle allowing seven runs on nine hits. Estela Pinon took over the pitching duties in the fifth inning to get the win. The reigning ACCAC pitcher of the week gave up no hits and struck out five.
Offensively, Heimburg was 2 for 4 with three runs batted in and one run scored. Katherine Macias and Miraya Montiel each had two hits and Cortez was 1 or 4 with a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored.
The YC offense was stymied in the second game with only five hits and two runs. With the Roughriders up 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Odessa roughed up the previously untouchable Katherine Macias, who started on the mound, with four runs. The game winner, a three-run home run by Desiree Ayarzgoitia. Macias threw six innings striking out eight batters.
Brittany McCray was 2 for 3 on the game and Heimburg was 1 for 3 with a run knocked in.
YC returns to conference play on Saturday hosting the Bears from Phoenix College (27-10, 16-6). These two teams split a doubleheader earlier in the season in Phoenix with Yavapai winning the first game 9-0 and PC taking the second game 5-4. The doubleheader will be played at Bill Vallely Field beginning at 12:00 PM.