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Conference Championship In Reach for Roughrider Softball After Sweep

24 April 2017  
Roughrider sophomore softball shortstop Shayna Ige throws after fielding a groundball against the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes at Bill Valley Field in Prescott, Arizona on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Roughrider Pitching Only Allows One Run In Fourteen Innings for Doubleheader Sweep

PRESCOTT- Saturday afternoon had a feeling of goodbye at Bill Valley Field as the #5 ranked Yavapai College Roughrider softball team celebrated the graduating sophomores, but their time playing together is far from over as the team only allowed one run all day and swept a doubleheader against the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes to continue a stronghold of first place in the ACCAC.

“I knew it was going to be a difficult day because any time you do sophomore day, you recognize their achievements and what their all about and you start reminiscing over the past two years…there’s a lot of emotion in the air,” Roughrider softball head coach Doug Eastman said. “We didn’t hit the ball real strong today but we had timely hitting. Today was a day where our pitching carried us.”

Amy Robinson continued her dominance this season in the first matchup, tossing a complete-game shutout only surrounding four hits and striking out seven for the 5-0 game-one win.

In game two, Kiana Spencer-who has yet to lose this season and leads the conference in ERA-pitched another good performance giving up only three hits across six innings allowing a run and striking out seven in the 6-1 game-two victory. 

“I think my changeup was working a lot for me,” Spencer said. “The ump (umpire) was giving me the calls on the third strike for that. Also, I feel like my screwball was working pretty good today.” 

The Roughriders exclusively used the long ball in game one as Jaydee Boursaw knocked a three-run shot in third inning while Andrea Sotelo added a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give Robinson enough support.

The offense was more spread out in game two as the Roughriders put up at least a run in four of the six chances to beat the Artichokes for the doubleheader sweep.

In the game-two elven-hit attack, Mahina Chong and Andrea Sotelo each smacked two hits while Mariah Kalamaras and Mercedes Rothwell picked up three hits. Boursaw lead the team with four hits while driving in five of the six runs. 

“Our offense was a little slow, I mean we had some good hits in the time we needed them, but we still got the win so that’s all that matters,” Sotelo said. “Our pitching was what really showed up today during these two games.”

The Roughriders (46-5, 42-4 ACCAC) have a lot riding in the final regular season home game on Tuesday afternoon against Eastern Arizona. If the Roughriders win game one, they would tie for the conference championship and gain the right to host the NJCAA Region one division one playoff tournament. A doubleheader sweep would give the Roughriders sole conference championship bragging rights to go along with the hosting opportunity.

“If we want to be conference champions and hold that trophy, and put it in our trophy case for years to come to show this team what they achieved, we need to win two,” Eastman said. “We got our work cut our for us but we’re in a good place and we’re at home so I like our chances.” 

First pitch is Tuesday at noon.