The Roughrider softball team was stopped short in their pursuit of their fifth consecutive NJCAA Division I Region I Championship Saturday afternoon at the hands of conference nemesis Pima Community College. YC concludes the season with a 57-10 overall record, a 43-5 conference mark and their second consecutive ACCAC title.
After beating Central Arizona College on Friday afternoon, 12-7, Saturday began in much the same fashion. The Roughrider bats stayed hot knocking 15 hits against Eastern Arizona College including three home runs as YC cruised to a 12-3 victory.
Yavapai blew open a 1-1 tie in the third inning on a towering three-run home run blast off the bat of Ashleigh Seipel. Later that inning Kat Macias launched her own home run plating three more runs. The following inning Yavapai scored four additional runs to put the game on ice advancing them to the potential championship game.
In their first attempt at the region crown, YC faced a hungry Pima team, but the Roughrider bats suddenly went cold. The Aztecs blanked the Riders 9-0 forcing a final game for the title. Pima had lost on Friday to EAC putting them in the loser’s bracket, Yavapai was undefeated requiring the final game.
Pima took an early 1-0 lead in their half of the first inning, but Yavapai responded taking 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Pima added three more runs in the second inning and YC added two to their tally in their second frame. The decisive inning for the Roughriders was the third as Pima posted five unanswered runs.
In relief, Mel Willadsen shut the Aztecs down for the final 4 2/3 innings but the Roughrider bats struggled scoring only two more runs the rest of the way. Pima 9, YC 6.
The Aztecs move on to the NJCAA Division I World Series to be held in St. George, Utah on May 17-19, 2012.