Roughriders Trample Coyotes
The Roughrider softball team swept a home doubleheader Thursday afternoon over Chandler-Gilbert Community College, 9-1 and 10-8. The Roughriders are now 24-22 overall and 18-18 in the league standings. The Coyotes fall to 11-31 on the year and 6-30 in conference action.
Nicole Matta clubbed two home runs in the opener to carry YC to the 9-1 win in the run-rule shortened game. As a team, the Roughrider had 12 hits including seven extra base hits, including four home runs. Home runs for the Riders came when Sydney Forray homered in the third inning, Matta homered in the first and fourth innings, and Jessica Mesa homered in the fifth inning.
Samantha Blair recorded the win for Yavapai College Softball. She allowed one run over six innings. She struck out eight, walked three and surrendered four hits.
Jocilynn Ellis, Forray, Mesa and Matta combined for 10 hits and eight RBIs.
Chandler-Gilbert posted a lone run in their first at bats, but it didn’t take long for YC to answer as it scored one run of its own in the first on the solo home run by Matta.
The Green and Gold didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring four runs in the third inning when it scored on a three-run home run by Forray and an RBI single by Ellis.
The ladies added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A ground out scored Andrea Canela to get YC on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Matta’s solo home run.
After posting one run in the fifth, Yavapai again scored one in the sixth and in the fifth, Yavapai scored on a solo home run by Mesa.
In the nightcap, both teams lit up the scoreboard as they combined for 18 runs. In the end, YC won the offensive battle 10-8 in seven innings.
Hitters on both sides were strong at the plate as the teams combined for 28 hits, including three extra base hits.
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to nine lead changes in the game.
Yavapai took the lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory. A passed ball scored Ellis to give the home team the lead for good.
Sarah Ingegneri racked up four RBIs on four hits.
Savanna Velasquez recorded the win. She allowed two runs over 2 1/3 innings. Velasquez struck out one, walked one and gave up three hits.
The bottom of the first saw YC take an early lead, 1-0. Matta got things going for the ladies with a single. A stolen base then moved Matta from first to second. Ingegneri singled, scoring Matta.
The Roughriders brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the fourth, Yavapai scored on an RBI single by Haylee Darris, scoring Jaymee Jackson.
The Green and Gold went up for the duration of the game after the sixth inning. Additional runs came from an error and an RBI single by Ingegneri.
Yavapai continues ACCAC Division I play on Saturday, April 4th when they travel to Yuma to play #15 Arizona Western College (29-11, 26-6). The Matadors swept Yavapai in March, 6-4 and 12-6. Saturday’s first pitch will be thrown at 12:00 PM.