After a regular season that featured a 50-3 overall record and 42-2 conference record, the No. 2-ranked Yavapai College softball team has earned hosting rights for the NJCAA Division I Region I Tournament.
All games will take place at Bill Vallely Field in Prescott, Arizona, with the schedule as follows:
Game 1: Friday, May 13: 9:00 a.m.: No. 9 Central Arizona vs No. 12 Eastern Arizona
Game 2: Friday, May 13: 11:00 a.m.: No. 2 Yavapai vs Pima
Game 3: Friday, May 13: 1:00 p.m.: L1 vs L2
Game 4: Friday, May 13: 3:00 p.m.: W1 vs W2
Game 5: Saturday, May 14: 10:00 a.m.: W3 vs L4
Game 6: Saturday, May 14: 12:30 p.m.: W4 vs W5
Game 7: Saturday, May 14: 3:00 p.m.: (If Necessary)
Live stats and live streaming for YC games will be available on GoRoughriders.com/Live. Live stats for non-YC games will be up to the respective teams. Live streaming will be available for all tournament games here. Each game (YC games included) can be purchased for $5.
-Friday ticket prices: $10 for adults, $6 for students
-Saturday ticket prices: $5 for adults, $3 for adults
-***Due to this being a region sanctioned event, YC students, staff and faculty must pay for tickets***
-No pets allowed
-No smoking, no vaping and no use of any tobacco products
-Fans are not permitted to sit behind home plate
-Large tents and canopies are allowed ONLY on the top row of the stands
Ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA, the Central Arizona College Vaqueras come into the region tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Vaqueras went 47-6 overall and 38-6 within the conference during the regular season. The Roughriders earned a 3-1 record against Central during the regular season, winning 9-7 and 5-2 in Casa Grande and splitting in Prescott with a 4-3 win and 9-3 loss.
The Gila Monsters
Ranked No. 12 in the NJCAA, the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters come into the region tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Gila Monsters went 42-12 overall and 34-10 within the conference during the regular season. The Roughriders went 4-0 against Eastern during the regular season, winning 9-1 and 11-3 at home and 8-0 and 12-4 in Thatcher.
The Pima Community College Aztecs come into the region tournament as the No. 4 seed after earning a 21-23 overall and conference record in 2022. The Roughriders also went 4-0 against Pima during the regular season, winning 20-0 and 10-2 at home and 18-12 and 17-0 in Tucson.
It has been a challenge to capture the greatness of the 2022 Yavapai College softball team with just words. At 50-3 overall and 42-2 within the conference, YC is ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA and is the No. 1 seed and host of the region tournament.
Earlier this week, Head Coach Doug Eastman earned ACCAC Coach of the Year honors and also learned that half of his roster earned All-Conference honors. Freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a was named ACCAC Player of the Year while sophomore pitcher Emily Dix was named ACCAC Pitcher of the Year.
The duo also earned First-Team All-Conference honors and were joined by sophomore outfielders Kayla Rodgers and Mia Weckel, freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii and freshman pitcher Emily Darwin. Second-Team All-Conference honors were awarded to freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno and freshman infielder Makena Riggs.
Statistically, as a team, the Roughriders lead the country in runs scored, doubles, homers, RBIs, XBH, total bases, walks, batting average, OBP% and SLG%. The pitching staff also ranks second in shutouts with 20.
One Last Thing
The winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament that takes place on May 24-28 in Yuma, Arizona, at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.
– D.J. Irwin