Softball Propelled Into 1st Place Tie with Doubleheader Sweep
The Roughrider softball team swept a pivotal doubleheader Tuesday afternoon over league leaders Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, 11-3 and 8-6 (8 innings). YC leap frogs the Gila Monsters into a first place tie with Phoenix College with two games remaining. YC is now 47-10 overall and 39-7 in ACCAC play. EAC falls to 47-10 on the year and 38-8 conference action.
In the opener, the Roughrider outhit the Gila Monsters 9-4 and Jaya Allen was dominant on the mound throwing the complete game with 6 strikeouts.
Makayla Guerra, Jaydee Boursaw and Mariah Kalamaras each had two hits. Kalamaras had 3 runs batted in and Neenah Pangilinan and Kylie Brown each had 2 RBI’s.
YC led the whole way jumping out to a 4-0 lead through three innings and sealed the deal in the 6th inning plating 5 runs.
In the nightcap, YC trailed the majority of the game despite posting three runs in the opening frame. EAC held a 6-5 lead going into the top of the 7th inning. The patient Roughriders took four walks to tie the game and Jaya Allen shut the opponent down in their half of the 7th sending the game into extra innings.
Per softball rules, the last out of the previous inning starts at 2nd base. Neenah Pangilinan started the inning at 2nd base and Kylie Brown, the birthday girl, quickly hit a two-run homer to provide the game winning runs. Allen finished the Gila Monsters off in their half of the inning with two strikeouts and a flyout.
Katelyn Kubitschek and Mariah Kalamaras had two hits. Brown had 1 hit with two RBI’s. Pitching in relief, Allen got her second win of the day.
YC plays their final regular season home doubleheader on Thursday, April 26th as they entertain Glendale Community College. YC swept the Gauchos in February, 10-0 and 10-0. If Yavapai sweeps Glendale, for the second straight year, they will host the NJCAA Region I Division I Tournament on May 4-5 at Bill Valley Field. Thursday’s games will begin at 12:00 PM.