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Roughriders on the Diamond

11 March 2018   Brad Clifford

Baseball and Softball teams were both on the diamonds this weekend.


On a drizzly day, the #15 Roughrider softball team split a doubleheader with #6 Eastern Arizona College Saturday afternoon at Bill Vallely Field in Prescott. YC dominated the first game, 10-0 and Eastern Arizona returned the favor taking the nightcap, 12-4. Yavapai is now 22-7 on the year and 16-4 in the ACCAC standings. EAC remains in first place with a 26-5 mark and 19-3 in the conference.

In the opener, Jaya Allen threw a shutout to lead Roughriders. The Spokane, WA native surrendered zero runs on one hit over five innings, striking out four.

The Roughriders secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the fourth inning. The YC offense in the inning was led by Makayla Guerra, Makea-Al Kaluau, Mariah Kalamaras, and Brianna Griffiths, all knocking in runs in the inning. The big inning was driven by a single by Guerra, a home run by Kalamaras, by Griffiths, and a double by Kaluau.

Roughriders smacked three home runs on the day. Kalamaras had a long ball in the fourth inning. Shelby Hotchkiss and Meredith Clark went for the long ball in the second inning.

Roughriders racked up 11 hits on the day. Kalamaras, Pangilinan, and Clark each collected two hits to lead Roughriders.

Roughriders had a tough time generating runs in the second game. The Gila Monsters pulled away with nine runs in the third inning.

Kiana Spencer was on the slab for the Green and Gold. She surrendered seven runs on eight hits over two and a third innings, striking out two. Santana Parra threw two and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.

YC racked up eight hits in the game. Jaydee Boursaw, Kylie Brown, and Neenah Pangilinan all managed multiple hits. Boursaw hit her 42nd career home run in the second inning.

Yavapai takes a break from conference play hosting Seward County Community College, KS on Tuesday, March 13th. The doubleheader will begin at 12:00 PM.


The Roughrider baseball team swept a Saturday afternoon doubleheader over Pima Community College in Tucson, 4-2 and 7-5. Yavapai has now won 5 of their last 6 games improving their overall record to 11-12 and 5-5 in conference play. Pima falls to 14-14 on the season and 6-12 in the ACCAC standings.

Darius Vines was the winning pitcher for the Roughriders in the opener. The sophomore right-hander allowed seven hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out nine and walking one.

Tommy Sacco went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Roughriders. Sacco also had two stolen bases, as the Roughriders had four stolen bases in the game. Trevor Edior had a double and Carlos Viera knocked a triple.

YC got out to a seven-run lead through six innings and hung on for the 7-5 victory. 

Jonathan Strohman started the game on the hill throwing six innings, surrendering zero runs on two hits over six innings, striking out nine and walking zero. Dominic Hamel threw three innings to get the save.

The Riders tallied 10 hits in the game including 6 for extra bases. Tommy Sacco, Carlos Viera and Over Torres each had two hits. Sacco and Torres had two RBI’s. Sacco had a double and home run. Viera had a double and his second triple of the day.

Yavapai takes a break from conference play entertaining Lamar Community College in two doubleheaders on Thursday, March 15th and Friday March 16th. The games will begin at 12:00 PM on each day.