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Roughrider Softball Stays Hot and Sweeps Afternoon Doubleheader
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26 February 2017  
Roughriders' sophomore pitcher Amy Robinson throws a pitch against Arizona Western College during a doubleheader sweep on Saturday February 25th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughrider Softball Winning Streak Reaches Twelve

PRESCOTT- The Yavapai College softball team continues to show why they are ranked as one of the top teams in the NJCAA as the Roughriders won their 11th and 12th games in a row on Saturday, sweeping the doubleheader against Arizona Western College.

In game one, Amy Robinson didn’t need much assistance on the circle tossing a one hit shutout but got support from the bats anyway.

Jaydee Boursaw was the main component offensively as she drove in five runs while going 2-3 in the game during a mercy-ruled 12-0 five-inning contest.

Most of the Yavapai damage would come in the third inning as the Roughriders got three hits as well as a homerun from Mariah Kalamaras, all while having two outs in the inning. After the homerun, the flood gates opened as Yavapai College added another two hits followed by a homerun off the bat of Mahina Chong in route to a seven-run frame.

Yavapai would end up going yard four times in the game as Raelynn Rios, Boursaw, Chong and Kalamaras each left the yard.

“We have a lot of power in this lineup and when we start swinging it and hitting the ball out of the ballpark, it’s really tough to compete with us,” Roughriders Head Coach Doug Eastman said. “Our pitching has been great, our defense is fantastic and when you put those three variable together, we’re kind of tough to beat.”

It would be a bit of a different story in game two as Yavapai only held a 1-0 advantage into the fourth inning when Raelynn Rios stepped up and hit her second homerun of the day.

The homerun jumpstarted the bats of Yavapai College as Karissa Pena and Boursaw hit consecutive homeruns after Rios.

“We just weren’t going for the right pitches,” Rios said. “Once I feel like we settled down a little bit more, like in the fourth inning, we did a lot better.”  

Yavapai College would hold on for the 4-2 victory.

Even with the victories racking up by impressive totals, Eastman is keeping the girls humble.

“We do realize that as this season goes on, we get into postseason, there are going to be tight games and we’re not going to be up by ten or eleven or twelve,” Eastman said. “We also have to learn to win the close games and I don’t mind having some of these where its 4-2 and we have to concentrate and bear down.”

The Roughriders (19-2, 15-1 league) remain at home to play the Gateway Community College Geckos in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 12:00pm.