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Ranked No. 1 in the country, Prescott’s Roughrider softball team’s pitching staff logged its third and fourth-consecutive shutouts on Tuesday, April 26th as the Roughriders swept the Glendale Community College Gauchos with scores of 6-0 and 7-0.
The pair of victories pushes Yavapai’s win streak to 25 games while moving its overall record to 45-2 and conference record to 37-1.
Freshman pitcher Emily Darwin started inside the circle in game one and went 5.2 innings while allowing no hits and striking out eight Gauchos. Fellow freshman pitcher Abby Cruz pitched the final 1.1 innings with one hit allowed and one strikeout.
Offensively, Yavapai scored on a double-steal attempt in the top of the second, back-to-back solo homers from sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers and freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii in the top of the fourth, an RBI single from sophomore utility woman Alyssa Rosales and sacrifice fly from sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval in the top of the sixth and solo homer from sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel in the top of the seventh.
At the plate, Rodgers led the way with two hits while Weckel, Kaaialii, Rosales and freshman infielder Makena Riggs all had one. Not to be forgotten, freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a went 0-for-0 with four walks in game one while freshman catcher Ashley Fields had three free passes as well.
Cruz started inside the circle in game two and tossed four scoreless innings with three hits allowed and two strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Emily Dix then pitched a scoreless fifth inning with two strikeouts and was followed by two scoreless innings from Darwin.
Offensively, Kaaialii drove in the first four runs of the game with a two-run single in the top of the first and two-run homer in the top of the third. The Roughriders pushed two more across in the top of the sixth on a Rodgers sacrifice fly and double-steal attempt and plated their final run in the top of the seventh on a solo homer off the bat of freshman outfielder Sierra Griego.
At the plate, Weckel led the team with three hits, Kaaialii had two and Kepa’a and Griego each had one. Kepa’a also tallied four walks again in game two while Kaaialii had two as well.
Yavapai softball is back in action on Thursday, April 28, at home where it faces off against the Arizona Western College Matadors with first pitch of the doubleheader set for 11 a.m.