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Roughrider Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Second Place Central Arizona College

09 April 2017  
Roughrider Pitcher Kiana Spencer throws a pitch during the game against Central Arizona College on Saturday April 8th, 2017 at Bill Valley Field in Prescott, Arizona after dedicating the start to her lost teammate. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughrider Pitcher Kiana Spencer Tosses Complete Game Shutout In Doubleheader Split

PRESCOTT- It was a battle of the top two teams in the ACCAC at Bill Valley Field in Prescott on Saturday, as the first-place Yavapai College Roughrider softball team split a doubleheader with the second-place holding Central Arizona College. The Vaqueras took game one 4-2 in extra innings while the Roughirders jumped back in the second contest with a 3-0 victory.

“We did what we had to do, we needed to win one,” Yavapai College Roughrider softball head coach Doug Eastman said after the game. “We got the series three out of four. That gives us the tie-breaker for home-field advantage. It’s in our hands now, we just got to win the rest of our games.”

In game one, both teams picked up single runs in the first and fourth innings as Andrea Sotelo blasted a solo home run and Jaydee Boursaw knocked in an RBI. Meanwhile, Ashleigh Withers and Brittany Holland would each have a solo shot for the Vaqueras.

Tied at two in the eighth inning, Central Arizona College would score two and take a lead they would not relinquish.

Yavapai College would shake-off the extra-inning defeat in game two as Kiana Spencer shut down Central Arizona College on the circle, tossing seven shutout innings only allowing four hits while striking out eight and walking none.

The start was special for Spencer who dedicated it to her lost teammate and friend.

“I was playing for a teammate of mine that passed away recently,” Spencer said holding back tears after the win. “I was just playing for her and she gave it her all, so this game I gave it my all for her.”

The start from Spencer was backed by Jaydee Boursaw, who hit her NJCAA and ACCAC leading 24th home run, and Mikayla Newham’s two hit performance.

“We knew that coming into the second game we had to play hard and try to get the split because that was all we could do at that point,” Newham said. “I think we came out and we knew it was a big game, we had a lot of pressure on us just because we’re in first and we didn’t want to lose, but the second game I thought we came back and had better at bats and continued to play good defense.”

The Roughriders (38-5, 34-4 ACCAC) hit the road on Tuesday for a matchup against Arizona Western College. Earlier in the season,Yavapai College swept Arizona Western College by a combined score of 14-2. First pitch is noon.