Three Roughriders Named to 1st Team All-ACCAC/NJCAA Region I Team
The ACCAC announced its 2015 baseball awards today. The conference’s 14 head coaches voted on the All-Conference/Region teams, as well as the Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
Yavapai College sophomore outfielder/infielder Willie Calhoun became the eighth Roughrider in school history to earn the conference player of the year and the first since Evan LeBlanc was the 2006 ACCAC Player of the Year.
Billy Hatcher – 1981
Johnny Hatcher – 1982
Steve Chavez – 1995
Mario Delgado – 1998
Trevor Mote – 1999
Kyle Blanks – 2005
Evan LeBlanc – 2006
The University of Arizona transfer led the league in batting average (.464), runs batted in (75), home runs (27), hits (89) and runs scored (71, tied with teammate Luke Doyle). His 27 home runs broke the YC regular season home run record.
Additionally, named to the 1st Team All-ACCAC/NJCAA Region I Team were catcher Alexis Olmeda and second baseman Luke Doyle.
Olmeda hit .448 for the year, led the team in doubles with 22, hit 12 home runs including two walk-off home runs in the final week of the season, 55 RBI’s and 74 hits including 3 triples.
Doyle was named to the first team for the second consecutive year. He hit .378 on the season. The Phoenix native had 73 hits including 11 home runs, 10 doubles and 1 triple. He knocked in 47 runs and scored a team high and conference high 71 runs. He also led the team in stolen bases going 14/17 on the basepaths.
All three players will now be nominated for NJCAA All-American honors.
The Roughriders begin the NJCAA Region I Division I Playoffs as the #2 seed. As a result, YC will host the #3 seed Arizona Western College in a three-game series on Thursday, Friday and, if necessary, Saturday. The winner will advance to the Championship Series on May 7-9 facing the winner of the #1 seed Cochise College and #4 South Mountain Community College series at the site of the highest remaining seed.
The Matadors and Roughriders met six times this season with YC winning four of those encounters. This past Tuesday, Yavapai swept Arizona Western, 13-3 and 17-15.
Games on Thursday and Friday will begin at 2:00 PM. If the final game is needed on Saturday, it will begin at 12:00 PM.
Admission fees for the Region series will be:
$5.00 for adults
$3.00 for students
6 and under free
YC passes will NOT be valid for the playoffs.