Roughrider’s Offense Leads to Softball Sweep Over Scottsdale
The Roughrider softball team swept a conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon over Scottsdale Community College at Bill Vallely Field, 11-2 and 19-16. Yavapai is now 9-7 in ACCAC action and 15-11 overall. Scottsdale falls to 6-10 in league play and 10-14 on the season.
In the opener, The Roughriders used an eight-run explosion in the sixth inning secure the victory. YC had an RBI single by Andrea Canela, an RBI single by Jayme Jackson, an error, a three-run double by Jocilynn Ellis, and a two-run home run by Jessica Mesa.
Mesa racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Roughrider Nine. Ellis, Beth Fanger, Canela and Nicole Matta each had two hits.
Samantha Blair got the win for YC. She allowed two runs over six innings. She struck out five, walked none and surrendered eight hits.
In the nightcap, offense was the name of the game as the two teams combined for 38 hits and 35 runs. Yavapai used some late game heroics in their comeback after being down by a score of 13-2 after two innings. However, Sarai Camacho stopped the bleeding as she shut out the visitors the next two innings while the offense began to heat up.
Yavapai scored four runs in their half of the fourth and three runs in the fifth. Scottsdale posted two more runs in the sixth inning making the score, 15-12.
Sydney Forray led the inning off with a solo blast to centerfield. After Fanger struck out, Ellis was hit by a pitch and Mesa walked. Lynae Klemmedson doubled to left center knotting the score at 15 sending the game to extra frames. In their half of the 8th, Scottsdale pushed one run across to take the lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ashlea Tomlinson started at second base per the Interantional Tiebreaker rules. Matta sacrificed Tomlinson to third and reached first base on the attempt. Sarah Ingegneri singled to center to plate Tomlinson and tie the game brining up Forray with runners on first and third. The Prescott native promptly hit her second home run of the game for the walk off victory.
Blair threw 2.2 innings for her second win on the day. Klemmedson was 4 for 4 with two doubles, a home run and 5 RBI’s. Forray was 3 for 3 with four runs knocked in. Ellis had two hits and four RBI’s. Matta was 2 for 4 with a triple and two runs batted in.
In a make-up doubleheader, YC plays host to Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Thursday, March 5th. The first pitch will be at 12:00 PM at Bill Vallely Park.