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Yavapai Softball Jumps to No. 1 in NJCAA Rankings

Yavapai Softball Jumps to No. 1 in NJCAA Rankings

After an incredible weekend of softball that featured a sweep of the No. 2-ranked Phoenix College Bears (NJCAA DII), the Yavapai College softball team is now the No. 1-ranked team in the country the NJCAA announced in its latest softball rankings. 

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“I am beyond proud of these young ladies for accomplishing the number one ranking in the nation,” Head Coach Doug Eastman said. “This is the most talented team I have ever coached and their accolades are well deserved.”

For the Roughriders, their season summary is simple: they defeated then-No. 4-ranked Salt Lake to open the season, fell to the College of Southern Idaho in their next game, won 19 games in a row via the run-rule, lost the opening game of a doubleheader with then-No. 1-ranked Phoenix and are currently on an incredible 21 game win streak. 

In addition to its season-opening win against then- No. 4 Salt Lake, Yavapai has beaten ranked competition all season with a doubleheader sweep of then-No. 16 South Mountain during its first 19-game win streak, a win over then-No. 1-ranked Phoenix in game two of its doubleheader earlier in the season to begin the current win streak, two wins over then-No. 10-ranked Central Arizona, two wins over then-No. 20-ranked Eastern Arizona and last weekend’s aforementioned victories over No.2-ranked Phoenix. 

Overall, the Roughriders boast a 41-2 overall record and 33-1 conference record with a sparkling 16-0 record at Bill Vallely Field. 

Not only with an incredible record, the Roughriders also boast the best statistical team in the country as they lead the nation in runs scored (571), hits (583), doubles (136), home runs (143), RBIs (537), XBH (291), total bases (1,172), walks (200), batting average (.476), OBP% (.553) and SLG% (.958). 

Individually, the following Roughriders are ranked in the Top-Five in the following categories:

Runs Scored: 1. Kayla Rodgers (83), 2. Yaya Kaaialii (81), 3. Mia Weckel (75), 4. Lovey Kepa’a (69)

Hits: T1. Kayla Rodgers (78)

Doubles: T1. Yaya Kaailii (22)

Home Runs: 1. Lovey Kepa’a (25)

Runs Batted In: 1. Lovey Kepa’a (84)

Walks: 1. Yaya Kaaialii (47)

Batting Average: 3. Yaya Kaailii (.595)

On Base Percentage: 1. Yaya Kaaialii (.711)

Slugging Percentage: 2. Yaya Kaaialii (1.250), 5. Kayla Rodgers (1.201)

Pitching Wins: T1. Emily Dix (20)

Strikeouts: 4. Emily Dix (195)

Strikeouts-Per-Seven-Innings: 4. Emily Dix (12.12)

The Roughriders are back in action on Saturday, April 23, at home against Scottsdale. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon. 

– D.J. Irwin


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