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Softball Keeps Rolling, Sweeps Mesa at Home

Softball Keeps Rolling, Sweeps Mesa at Home

The No. 2-ranked Yavapai College softball team hosted the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds on Thursday afternoon and left the ballpark with a sweep, winning 17-4 in game one and 10-1 in game two. The pair of victories pushed the Roughriders’ win streak to 13 games while moving their overall record to 33-2 and conference record to 25-1. 

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Game One

Sophomore pitcher Emily Dix was dominant in game one as she went three innings and faced just 10 hitters (eight strikeouts, one popout and one walk). Freshman pitcher Genavie Espinoza pitched the final two innings and struck out two Thunderbirds. 

Offensively, the Roughriders scored four, three, eight and two, respectively, in their four innings of work with the bat. Mesa pushed four runs across in the top of the fourth and were held scoreless in the top of the fifth to bring the final score to 17-4. 

At the plate, sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers (triple and homer), freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno (double) and freshman outfielder Sierra Griego (two doubles) all finished with three hits while freshman catcher Ashley Fields (double) and freshman infielder Makena Riggs (triple) both finished with two. 

Sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel (double) and freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a (double) each added one hit apiece while freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii added three walks to the effort. 

Game Two

Dix registered the start in game two and was stellar once more. She pitched four innings of one-run ball while striking out seven Thunderbirds. Freshman pitcher Abby Cruz pitched the final inning, allowed no runs and struck out one. 

The Roughriders saw Mesa take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and responded with a five-spot in the bottom of the frame. They scored once more in the second and four more times in the fourth to bring the final score to 10-1. 

At the plate, Rodgers (double), Moreno (double), Fields (homer) and Griego (double) all finished with two hits while Weckel (double), Kaaialii, Kepa’a (homer) and Riggs all finished with one. 

Up Next

The Roughriders are back on the softball field on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona, where they will face the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas in an ACCAC doubleheader that starts at noon. 

– D.J. Irwin


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