After Head Coach Doug Eastman watched his No. 5-ranked Roughrider softball team dismantle the Paradise Valley Pumas 22-1 and 30-0, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon at Bill Vallely Field, he added a couple of accolades to his trophy case: 800 career coaching wins and 300 coaching wins at Yavapai College.
“It was very nice reaching the 800-win plateau,” said Eastman. “When it’s all said and done, it gives you time to reflect on all the players over the years that helped make it happen, not to mention the outstanding assistant coaches by my side. I want to give a special shoutout to this year’s team for making my 800th win special.”
The way the Roughriders played yesterday; “special” is an understatement. Yavapai outscored Paradise Valley 55-1 in its wins, moved to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the ACCAC, smashed 17 home runs (three of which were grand slams), struck out 26 hitters in just 33 at-bats and pushed its run-rule streak to 13.
“Today was one of those days,” Eastman said. “There is a lot of talent out on the diamond and it was pure dominance of the game in every facet.”
Sophomore Emily Dix started the first contest and continued her incredible stretch with four scoreless and hitless innings to go along with 11 strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Genavie Espinoza finished the game off with a scoreless fifth inning that featured two strikeouts.
Offensively, Yavapai was seeing beach balls as it scored 22 runs (16 of which came in the second inning) and tallied 22 hits (10 of which were homers and five of which were doubles). All of that also took place in just four innings of work.
Sophomore outfielder Alyssa Rosales led the way in the hit column with four (two homers and a double) while sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel (homer and double), sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval (two homers and a double), freshman infielder Makena Riggs (two homers) and freshman catcher Ashley Fields all had three.
Sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers (homer) and freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno (homer and double) each had two hits while freshman outfielder Sierra Griego (double) and freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii (homer) each had one.
The Roughrider pitching in Tuesday afternoon’s game two was somehow even more dominant than game one. Freshman pitchers Emily Darwin and Abby Cruz combined to throw a five-inning perfect game with Darwin going 3.2 innings with 10 strikeouts and Cruz going the last 1.1 with three strikeouts.
At the plate, the Roughriders were seeing beach balls again as they tallied scoring innings of five, 15, one and nine in their four innings of work and notched 26 hits (six doubles and seven homers: three of which were grand slams).
Rodgers (homer and double), Sandoval (double), Rosales (grand slam and double) and Fields (homer and double) all had three hits while Weckel, Kaaialii (homer), freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a (grand slam), Griego (double), Darwin (double) and Cruz all had two.
Sophomore infielder Elisa Granado (grand slam) and Riggs (homer) each had one hit and saw them leave the yard.
The Roughriders head to Yuma, Arizona, on Saturday for an ACCAC doubleheader against the Arizona Western College Matadors. Game one’s first pitch is set for 11 a.m. and live streaming and live stats will be available on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
– D.J. Irwin