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Roughrider Softball Wins ACCAC Conference Title

26 April 2017  
Yavapai College Roughrider softball celebrates after winning the ACCAC Conference on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Roughriders Softball Wins ACCAC Conference and Will Host NJCAA Division One Tournament After Doubleheader Sweep

PRESCOTT- It wasn’t easy for the Yavapai College Softball team as the Roughriders had to battle back from early deficits in both games of a doubleheader against Eastern Arizona College on Monday. However, the team pulled through and won their tenth and eleventh game in a row to secure hosting opportunities for the NJCAA Division One Tournament and the ACCAC conference title with a 5-4 win in game one and a 13-9 win in game two.

“This is one of those days where it wasn’t easy,” Roughrider softball head coach Doug Eastman said. “We faced adversity and they kept coming back and coming back…it just shows the guts and determination of this ball-club.”

Eastern Arizona College jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in game one powered by solo home runs off the bat of Vesi Lilii and Jealette Paredes with Isabelle Meija smacking a two-run shot.

The Roughriders would quickly battle back with home runs of their own as Kalee Mabray smacked a solo shot while the Yavapai College all-time leader in homeruns, Jaydee Boursaw, tied the game with a three-run shot in the bottom of the third inning. Boursaw would add another RBI in fifth inning and power Yavapai to a game one win, which secured hosting duties and a tie for the ACCAC conference title.

Amy Robinson picked up the win, pitching a complete game allowing nine hits and four runs while striking out six.

With sole possession of the ACCAC conference title on the line, the Yavapai College Roughriders-as in game one-fell behind Eastern Arizona College early. The visitors cracked the scoreboard with three runs in the top of the first inning.

However, Yavapai College responded with five runs as Andrea Sotelo launched a three-run home run over the wall and Jaydee Boursaw hit her ACCAC-leading 31st home run of the season. The Roughriders weren’t done as Mabray hit her first home run in game two and second round-tripper of the day; later adding a third home run later.

The offense would continue for both teams in the following two innings, with both squads picking up three runs. Yavapai College would distance themselves in the middle innings, scoring four unanswered runs to extend a nice lead. Eastern Arizona scored three in the top of the sixth inning but it wasn’t enough as Yavapai added an insurance run in the bottom half and held the lead to take home a conference championship.

“It’s just insane,” Boursaw said. “We’ve always known that were a good team. We came here strong from the very gut…we’ve overcome everything that we needed to to get this far.”

Meanwhile on the circle, Kiana Spencer completed her un-beaten season tossing five innings and allowing six earned runs on ten hits.
The victory completes a season of dominance for Yavapai College, who finished the regular season with a 48-5 overall record while going 44-4 in ACCAC action.
"After a couple of week had went by, and I started looking at the talent at each position, and the power that we had in the lineup...exciting team to watch," Eastman said. "I think the fans really appreciate that we are never out of a game."

The Roughriders will now compete in the NJCAA Region One Tournament at Bill Valley Field on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th. The winner of the tournament will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah on May 17-20. The bracket has yet to be released.