The Roughrider softball season came to an abrupt halt on Friday at the NJCAA Region I Division I Tournament. YC lost to Central Arizona College in the opening game of the day, 6-0 dropping them to the loser’s bracket to face Pima Community College, losers to Arizona Western College earlier in the day. YC fell to the Aztecs, 11-5 ending the 2019 season for the Riders.
In the opening game, the Roughrider bats didn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning. YC only managed two hits on the game. Kylie Brown and Meredith Clark each had a hit.
The Roughriders couldn’t overcome an early deficit to the Aztecs and couldn’t get timely hitting leaving twelve players on base. In the third inning, YC closed the gap to one run but gave up three runs in the next inning. Unfortunately, the Riders didn’t respond to the scores scoring only one run in the fifth inning and seventh inning. The Aztecs added one run in the fifth and three runs in the seventh.
Jessica Giaocoma was 2 for 4 with a home run and Gabie Krueger was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Yavapai ends the season with a 46-14 overall record. Head Coach Doug Eastman remains tied with Stacy Iveson for the most victories (226) in Roughrider softball history.
The Roughrider baseball team squandered a four-run lead in a loss to Central Arizona College on Friday afternoon in the NJCAA Region I Division I Playoffs. The Vaqueros forced a decisive game three with a come-from-behind victory over the Riders, 7-6. The Championship game will take place on Saturday at noon at Paradise Valley Community College.
YC scored two runs in the opening frame on a two-run home run from Gianni Tomasi. The Vaqueros tied the game up in the top of the third inning and the Rider regained the lead in their half of the inning on a solo home run from Tommy Sacco.
Yavapai added two more runs in the fourth inning and got their final run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Vaquero bats got going in the seventh inning as they took the lead for good plating five runs.
Sacco, Tomasi and Matt Novis each had two hits for the Riders.
The winner of Saturday’s game will be crowned the Region Champs advancing them to the NJCAA West District Championship at a site yet to be determined.