Roughriders Stomp on Geckos
The Roughrider softball team swept a home doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Bill Vallely Field over Gateway Community College, 8-0 and 14-6, both run-rule shortened games. Yavapai improves to 26-24 on the year ad 20-20 in ACCAC play.
YC used a six-run explosion in the fourth inning of the first game to lift the home team to the 8-0 win. The Riders scored in the fourth on a single by Shelby Burke, a groundout by Alexis Figueroa, and a grand slam by Jocilynn Ellis.
Ellis racked up four RBIs on two hits for Green and Gold.
Samantha Blair racked up 10 strikeouts while gaining the victory from the circle. The California native pitcher tossed five innings of shutout ball and allowed only two hits.
Jessica Mesa hit a home run. Nicole Matta was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles. Lynea Klemmedson was 2 for 3 and Andrea Canela was also 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored.
The Roughriders erupted for five runs in the third innings and eight runs in the fourth inning of the nightcap to secure the much-needed sweep.
In the decisive fourth inning, Yavapai scored on a two-run double by Sarah Ingegneri, a steal of home by Mesa, an RBI single by Haylee Darris, an RBI single by Jaymee Jackson, and a three-run double by Ellis.
Ellis continued her torrid hitting by racking up five RBIs on three hits.
Even though Sarai Camacho allowed six runs over five innings she still recorded the victory. Camacho struck out six, walked none and gave up seven hits.
Offensively, Ellis was 3 for 3 with a home run, 2 doubles, 5 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Jackson was 2 for 3 with a home run, 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. Shelby Burke was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and Darris was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
YC has a short turnaround as they host Phoenix College on Thursday, April 9th at Bill Valley Field. The Bears are the current conference leaders and are ranked #2 in the NJCAA Division II poll. YC dropped a doubleheader earlier in the season to Phoenix, 8-3 and 4-0. Thursday’s doubleheader will start at 12:00 PM.