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Roughrider Softball Shows Power In Doubleheader Win

17 March 2017  
Roughriders' sophomore infielder Andrea Sotelo (left) high-fives her teammate Mercedes Rothwell (right) after scoring a run against Gateway Community College on Thursday March 16th, 2017 at Bill Valley Field in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughrider Softball Combines to Score 28 Runs in Doubleheader Win, Powered by Six Homeruns

PRESCOTT- After having their seventeen game winning streak broken during a doubleheader split on Saturday, the Yavapai College Roughrider softball team responded with an offensive power show against Gateway Community College on Thursday in a doubleheader sweep where the Roughriders scored a combined 28 runs.

“Sometimes it’s not bad to lose one game because it makes you want it more,” Roughrider softball freshman Raelynn Rios said. “You always got to come back and show this is your spot, and you deserve it.”

In the opening game, the Roughriders showed their offensive power early scoring twenty runs in the first four innings in route to the 20-0 mercy-rule victory. The ball was flying out of the yard for Yavapai College as five players smacked homeruns. Savana Ramirez, Andrea Sotelo and Mahina Chong each left the yard along with grand slams from Jaydee Boursaw and Rios.

It was free and easy living on the mound for Amy Robinson who shutout Gateway Community College in five innings, only allowing one hit and striking out four.

“You go out and have so much run protection behind you, you get to throw a little looser,” Roughriders’ pitching coach Jennifer Stalter said. “It makes a more successful day for them (the pitchers).”

The bats weren’t quite as loud in game two as in game one, but the Roughriders still had eight players cross the plate in the second mercy-rule victory of the day.

After a scoreless first inning, the Roughriders cracked the board with two runs in the second frame and three runs in the third and fourth innings to pick up the win.

Freshman Santana Parra matched Robinson and kept Gateway Community College off the board in five shoutout innings, only allowing five hits while striking out four.

Parra was backed by Mikayla Newham, Andrea Sotelo and Boursaw who each picked up multi-hit games in the victory while Mercedes Rothwell smacked an important two-run homerun.

“We were getting a lot of inside pitches with great speed (and) we were ready to hit,” Rothwell said. “I haven’t had a hit in a while so I was just ready to hit everything, it was low and inside and that’s what I like.”

The first place Yavapai College Roughriders (26-3, 22-3 conference) continues ACCAC play on Saturday, March 18th at home for a doubleheader against South Mountain Community College. First pitch of game one is noon at Bill Valley Field.