The No. 2-ranked Yavapai College softball team continues its homestand this week with a pair of doubleheaders: one against the South Mountain Community College Cougars and one against the No. 1-ranked (NJCAA DII) Phoenix College Bears.
Softball begins on Tuesday with a doubleheader at noon in Prescott, Arizona, at Bill Vallely Field where Yavapai will face the South Mountain Community College Cougars. After a few off days, the Roughriders then host No. 1-ranked Phoenix College on Saturday at noon. All four games will have live streaming and live stats available on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
South Mountain comes into its matchup with YC at 25-17 overall and 16-14 in the conference. Last time out, the Cougars were swept by Central Arizona College. South Mountain and Yavapai matchup up earlier this season on February 26 when the Roughriders swept with scores of 14-1 and 15-0.
Ranked No. 1 in NJCAA DII, Phoenix comes into its matchup with YC at 34-4 overall and 28-4 in the conference. Before the Bears head to Prescott on Saturday, they will host Pima on Tuesday. Phoenix and Yavapai split earlier this season on March 1 with YC falling 2-1 in game one and winning 9-2 in game two.
Ranked No. 2 in NJCAA DI, Yavapai comes into its week of softball with a 17-game win streak, 37-2 overall record and 29-1 conference record. Last week, the Roughriders saw their games against Arizona Western get postponed, before sweeping Chandler-Gilbert at home with scores of 11-3 and 9-0.
Player To Watch
This section of softball previews is beginning to become somewhat of a moot point as every single player who laces up the cleats for YC could be dubbed the player to watch. This week, however, pitching gets the spotlight and when fans show up to the ballpark, they should be excited to watch The Emilys (Emily Dix and Emily Darwin) dominate inside the circle.
The one-two punch for the Roughriders threw 10 innings combined over the weekend and allowed zero earned runs while combining for 18 strikeouts. Dix and Darwin each own 17 wins on the season to go along with ERAs under 2.00.
One Last Thing
When sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel homered last Saturday against Chandler-Gilbert, she joined Makena Riggs, Jasmine Moreno, Lovey Kepa’a, Kayla Rodgers, Yaya Kaaialii, Ashley Fields and Alyssa Rosales as Roughriders with double-digit homer totals. Sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval is next in line to join the club as she currently has nine homers this season. Her next longball would give YC nine hitters with 10-or-more homers.
– D.J. Irwin