Softball Battles Bears
The #2 ranked Roughrider softball team split a doubleheader Saturday against fellow conference powerhouse Phoenix College (28-11, 17-7) at Bill Vallely Field. YC lost the first game in extra innings 7-5 and bounced back in the nightcap winning 10-3. Yavapai is now 35-6 overall and 23-3 in ACCAC action.
The pitching on both sides was dominant throughout the first four innings of the first game. Phoenix drew first blood in the fifth inning with a single run. The Bears pushed over another run in their half of the sixth inning and YC tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on two-run home run by Ashleigh Seipel. The game remained tied through the regulation seven innings.
Both teams scored two runs in the eighth inning and PC put three on the board in the top of the ninth on a three-run home run. Yavapai threatened in the ninth inning as they pushed over one run, but Kasey Oliver grounded out to squelch the threat.
Mel Willadsen took the hard-luck loss in relief of starting pitcher Estela Pinon.
Offensively, Seipel and Tessa Fanning each hit a home run knocking in two runs a piece.
In the late game, the Roughrider offense came alive with nine hits including a grand slam by the pitcher, Mel Willadsen. The Red Mountain High School product was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four runs batted in. Brandi Heimburg and Ashleigh Seipel each had two hits.
Willadsen threw a complete game for the victory striking out six opponent batters.
Yavapai has a seven day layoff before playing host to Mesa Community College on Saturday, March 24th. The first pitch will be thrown at 12:00 PM.