Roughrider Softball Splits with Thunderbirds
The Yavapai College softball team did the splits in Mesa on Saturday, winning the first game against the Thunderbirds from Mesa Community College, 7-2 and dropping the nightcap, 5-2. Yavapai is now 12-8 in conference action and 18-12 overall and Mesa is 8-14 in the ACCAC and overall.
In the opener, both teams had a hard time putting points on the board but Yavapai ended the scoring drought with five runs in the fourth inning. Andrea Canela drove in the first two runs on a bases clearing double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Shelby Burke. Later that inning, Nicole Matta doubled home Sarah Ingegneri and Jayme Jackson who both singled to reach base.
Mesa got on the board with one run in their half of the fourth and another in the fifth. YC concluded the scoring with single runs in the sixth and seventh.
Jocilynn Ellis, Sydney Forray and Ingegneri each had two hits and Matta, Canela and Burke had two RBI’s.
Samantha Blair was a horse from the circle throwing a complete game allowing two earned runs, five hits and three walks while striking out three.
The Roughriders didn’t fare as well in the nightcap, managing only 7 hits.
Again, both teams struggled to score posting a lone run each in the fourth inning. YC took the lead in their half of the sixth inning but Mesa pushed four runs over in their turn at bat and Yavapai went down in order in the seventh for the loss.
Canela was 2 for 3 to lead the Rider offense.
YC continues conference play on Tuesday, March 10th at Glendale Community College who split a doubleheader on Saturday with Scottsdale Community College, 16-8 and 7-15. The doubleheader will begin at 1:00 PM.