2nd Crown In 3 Years
The top ranked Roughrider softball team won their 2nd NJCAA National Championship in three years with a 7-0 victory over #2 ranked Salt Lake City Community College Saturday afternoon in St. George, Utah. YC concludes the season with unparalleled 67-4 overall record.
The championship is the fourth for head coach Stacy Iveson in her coaching career. As the head coach of Pima Community College, Iveson won the title in 2004 and 2006.
Saturday’s result was never in doubt with the Riders scoring three runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Estela Pinon and Alex Landon. YC added four more runs in the second inning fueled by a two-run double by Sierra Rodriguez.
Meanwhile from the circle, Pinon retired six of the first seven Salt Lake batters and was only threatened in the third inning when the Bruins stranded two runners.
Amelia Willadsen finished the game from the mound allowing only one opponent batter to reach base in two innings pitched. Pinon and Willadsen did not allow an earned run in the tournament. Yavapai outscored their opponents 26-3 in five games.
For their efforts, Rodriguez, Vanessa House and Brittany Keiser were named to the All-Tournament Team. It is the second consecutive year that House was so honored.
Estela Pinon garnered the tournament’s Most Outstanding Pitcher and Most Valuable Player. From the circle, the freshman had a 0.00 ERA in 22. 2 innings pitched. She scattered 15 hits and struck out 23 opponent batters. Offensively, Pinon hit .500 (8 for 16) with one home run, four runs batted in, two runs scored and one stolen base.
Iveson was named the Karen Sykes Coach of the Tournament.