The No. 3-ranked Yavapai College softball team was back at home on Saturday afternoon as it played host to the Glendale Community College Gauchos, winning game one 17-6 and game two 25-1 while launching 11 homers in the process. Overall, the Roughriders are now 25-2 this season with a 17-1 conference record.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Dix dominated in her game one start and win, pitching four scoreless innings with no walks, no runs, five strikeouts and just two hits allowed.
In their four offensive innings, the Roughriders scored three times in the first, didn’t score in the second, put up a 10-spot in the third and finished the game off with four runs in the fourth. The Gauchos were able to tally six runs in the top of the fifth to bring the final to 17-6.
At the plate, the Roughriders were led by sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers and freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a. Rodgers went 4-for-4 with two moonshot homers to right field, a double, four runs scored and five RBIs. Kepa’a enjoyed a 3-for-3 day with two lazerbeam homers to straight-away centerfield, a walk and four RBIs.
Sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel (double, three runs scored and three RBIs), freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii (double, homer, three runs scored and three RBIs) and freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno all tallied two hits apiece.
Freshman catcher Ashley Fields and freshman outfielder Sierra Griego each tallied one hit apiece in game one as well with Griego’s being a double.
The Roughriders continued to smash the ball in game two with the only difference being freshman pitcher Emily Darwin getting the start and eventual win. Darwin tossed four scoreless innings, struck out five, walked zero and allowed just two hits. Fellow freshman pitcher Genavie Espinoza finished the game off with an inning of work in which she struck out two Gauchos.
Yavapai was even more relentless offensively in game two, scoring three times in the first, 12 times in the second, three times in the third and seven times in the fourth inning for a total of 25 runs.
Rodgers (homer, walk, four runs scored and four RBIs), Kaaialii (two homers, double, four runs scored and four RBIs) and Moreno (double, walk, two runs scored and an RBI) all finished game two with three hits.
Weckel (two homers, two walks, four runs scored and six RBIs) and freshman infielder Makena Riggs (one run scored and two RBIs) each finished with two hits apiece while freshman outfielder Gabie Fregoso, Fields, sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval and sophomore outfielder Alyssa Rosales all had one hit with Fields’ being a double and Rosales’ being a home run.
Not to be forgotten, Kepa’a stepped up to the plate five times in game two and walked every single time, tallying four runs scored and an RBI in the process.
The Roughriders are back on the softball field on Tuesday, March 15, in Coolidge, Arizona, where they will face off against the No. 11-ranked Central Arizona College Vaqueras. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m.
– D.J. Irwin