The Yavapai College softball team’s impressive campaign continues this week with a pair of ACCAC doubleheaders. This week, the Roughriders face the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds and Paradise Valley Community College Pumas.
Softball gets underway on Thursday in Prescott, Arizona, at Bill Vallely Field where the Roughriders host the Thunderbirds with game one of the doubleheader slated to start at noon. After an off day, the Roughriders head to Phoenix, Arizona, where they will take on the Pumas on Saturday with game one’s first pitch set for noon.
Live stats will be available for both doubleheaders on GoRoughriders.com/Live and Thursday’s home games will also have live streaming available.
Mesa comes into its matchup with Yavapai with a 7-17 overall and conference record. The teams previously matched up this season back on February 12 in Mesa where the Roughriders won 8-0 and 13-0.
Paradise Valley comes into its matchup with the Roughriders at 1-23 overall and in the conference. Before the Pumas host Yavapai, they travel to Chandler-Gilbert for a doubleheader on Thursday. Last time the Roughriders played Paradise Valley, they won 22-1 and 30-0.
Ranked No. 2 in the country, the Roughriders have won 11-consecutive games and are on their second double-digit win streak this season. Yavapai also continues to hold a two-game lead in the ACCAC standings with a 23-1 conference record and 31-2 overall record.
Statistically, Yavapai continues to lead the country in runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, extra base hits, total bases, batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage.
Players To Watch
The whole team. 11 Roughrider bats boast batting averages above .380 while six Roughriders are in double-digit home run territory. On the mound, the deadly duo of Emily Dix and Emily Darwin continues to be a force as each own 13-or-more wins and ERAs under 2.10.
One Last Thing
Despite the incredible statistical season so far in 2022, the Roughriders have hit just nine triples (too busy hitting the ball over the yard) with sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers, freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii and freshman catcher Ashley Fields having three apiece.
– D.J. Irwin