The No. 2-ranked Yavapai College softball team headed to the valley on Saturday afternoon and left town with a sweep, defeating the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas 16-0 in game one and 12-1 in game two.
In the doubleheader, Yavapai’s shortstop Lovey Kepa’a launched two home runs in each contest to give her a total of 20 on the season.
The pair of victories pushed the Roughriders’ win streak to 15 games in addition to moving their overall record to 35-2 and conference record to 27-1.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Dix got the nod inside the circle in game one and was brilliant as usual. In her three innings of work, Dix struck out nine Pumas and allowed just one hit and one walk.
Freshman pitcher Abby Cruz pitched the final two innings and allowed no runs, struck out three and surrendered just one hit.
Offensively, Yavapai scored eight, three, four, zero and one, respectively, in its five innings of work with the bats in the 16-0 victory.
At the plate, freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno (double and home run) led the way in the hit column with four while sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel tallied three hits.
Freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii, Kepa’a (two homers) and sophomore utility woman Alyssa Rosales (double and home run) all had two hits while freshman catcher Ashley Fields (double), freshman infielder Makena Riggs (double) and freshman outfielder Sierra Griego (homer) all had one.
Freshman pitcher Emily Darwin started inside the circle in game two and pitched three innings of one-run ball (unearned) while striking out five. Cruz pitched the final two innings of game two as well and allowed no runs while striking out three. Both Darwin and Cruz surrendered just one hit apiece in game two.
Offensively, YC was held scoreless in the second and fifth innings, scored once in the first, twice in the fourth and exploded for a nine-run rally in the third inning. Paradise Valley notched a run in the first as it fell 12-1.
At the plate, Weckel, Kaaialii, Kepa’a (two homers) and Griego all finished with two hits. Rosales (homer), Moreno, Fields (homer), sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers (double) and sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval all finished with one hit apiece.
Yavapai is back on the softball field on Tuesday, April 5, at home where they will host the Arizona Western College Matadors in an ACCAC doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m.
– D.J. Irwin