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No. 3 Roughrider Softball Sweeps Scottsdale

No. 3 Roughrider Softball Sweeps Scottsdale

After a week away from competition, the No. 3-ranked Yavapai College softball team showed no rust on Tuesday afternoon in its doubleheader sweep of the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes, winning 9-0 in game one and 21-1 in game two. Overall, the Roughriders improve to 23-2 overall and 15-1 in conference play. 

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Game One

Sophomore pitcher Emily Dix started inside the circle in game one and was her usual, dominant self. Dix tossed five shutout innings, struck out 11 Artichokes and allowed just one hit. Freshman pitcher Abby Cruz relieved Dix and tossed two scoreless innings with four strikeouts while also only allowing one hit. 

Offensively, the Roughriders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers scored on a passed ball. 

In the top of the third, freshman infielders Yaya Kaaialii and Lovey Kepa’a launched back-to-back homers (Kaaialii’s being a three-run bomb) to balloon YC’s advantage to 5-0. 

After scoring once in the top of the fifth to take a 6-0 lead, the Riders coasted into the seventh inning and decided that it was time for some more fireworks before the end of the game. 

Sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel led the frame off with a solo homer and Rodgers followed her with a solo shot to make it two sets of back-to-back homers in game one for Yavapai. Later in the inning, with two outs, freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno launched a solo homer of her own to make it 9-0 and become the fifth Roughrider with a longball on the day. 

At the plate, Rodgers, Kepa’a, Moreno and freshman catcher Ashley Fields all had two hits while Weckel, Kaaialii and sophomore outfielder Alyssa Rosales all had one. 

Game Two

The home runs did not stop in game two and in fact, continued right away as Weckel led the game off with a homer for a quick 1-0 lead. 

Later in the top of the first, freshman infielder Makena Riggs walked with the bases loaded and was followed by a grand slam off the bat of Rosales to start the rout and give the Roughriders a 6-0 lead. 

After Scottsdale scored in the bottom of the first, the Roughriders tacked on three more runs in the top of the second with an RBI double from Moreno, RBI single from Fields and RBI single from Rosales. 

A scoreless third inning from both teams gave way to a monster top of the fourth inning for Yavapai as it sent nine runs across home plate for an 18-1 lead. 

In the aforementioned frame, Riggs hit a two-run homer and Fields made it an 18-1 game with Yavapai’s second grand slam of the game. 

The Roughriders notched three more runs in the fifth inning and held the Artichokes scoreless to secure the dominating 21-1 victory. 

Freshman pitcher Emily Darwin went the distance in game two, earning the win with 11 strikeouts and just one run and four hits allowed. 

At the plate, Rosales and freshman outfielder Sierra Griego each had three hits while Fields had two and Weckel, Rodgers, Kepa’a, Moreno and Riggs all had one. 

Up Next

The Roughriders are back in action on Saturday at home where they will take on the Glendale Community College Gauchos in an ACCAC doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for noon and live streaming and live stats will be available on

– D.J. Irwin


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