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The No. 1-ranked Yavapai College softball team did what it does best on Saturday, April 23rd at Bill Vallely Field: hit home runs. The Roughriders smashed six home runs in each game of their doubleheader as they defeated the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes 18-0 and 17-0, respectively. The pair of victories gives Yavapai a 23-game win streak in addition to a 43-2 overall record and 35-1 conference record.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Dix started game one and pitched two scoreless innings with no hits allowed and five strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Abby Cruz pitched the final three innings and allowed no runs, one hit, and struck out four.
Offensively, the Roughriders scored nine, five, one, and three runs, respectively, in their innings of work.
Sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers led the way in the hit column in game one with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double, homer, and four RBIs.
Sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel (homer), freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii (homer), freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a (homer), freshman infielder Makena Riggs (two homers), sophomore utility woman Alyssa Rosales and freshman outfielder Sierra Griego (double) all finished with two hits. Freshman catcher Ashley Fields and sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval each added a hit to the effort as well.
Freshman pitcher Emily Darwin started game two and pitched four scoreless innings while allowing no hits and striking out seven. Fellow freshman pitcher Genavie Espinoza pitched the final inning and allowed no runs and no hits to finish off the fifth no-hitter of the season for YC.
In their innings of work with bat, the Roughriders scored four, four, five, and four runs, respectively.
Kepa’a (double and two homers) and Griego (double and homer) each had three hits in game two while freshman outfielder Gabie Fregoso, Kaaialii (double and homer), and Riggs (two doubles) all had two.
Rodgers (homer), Fields, and Sandoval (homer) all notched one hit in the game-two effort.
The Roughriders are back in action on Tuesday, April 26, in Glendale, Arizona, where they will face the Glendale Community College Gauchos. Game one of the doubleheader is set for noon.