PRESCOTT, Arizona - A future World Series champ and an entire national championship team are among the 2014 Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, the college announced Thursday.
This year's class to be enshrined includes baseball's Billy Hatcher (1980, '81), the 1990 men's national champion soccer team, and Paul Roberts, longtime Roughrider Club president and contributor.
Hatcher played for the Roughriders on the Prescott campus in the early 1980s before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the 1981 amateur draft to begin a 12-year MLB career.
The Williams native played more than 1,200 games with seven teams over his big-league career, but may be remembered best for his three-year stint with the Cincinnati Reds. As a member of the 1990 World Series champion club, Hatcher established Series records for highest batting average for a four-game series (.750), most consecutive hits in a series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4).
Prior to being drafted, Hatcher was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Yavapai and was the 1981 Arizona conference Player of the Year.
While Hatcher was setting World Series records in October of 1990, only one month later the Yavapai College men's soccer team won the first of the program's seven national championships.
In the program's second year of existence, the inaugural recruiting class of NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Mike Pantalione clinched the national title in the program's 39th-ever game. Kurt Funkhouser scored in the second sudden-death overtime period as Yavapai topped Passaic (New Jersey) 2-1 with 20 Arizona roster players compared to Passaic's foreign-dominated lineup.
The 1990 team finished 21-1-1, ending the season on an 18-game winning streak. Edson Rico, Rocco DeNardis and Steve Macias were All-Americans that year, and Pantalione was the National Coach of the Year.
The college's Hall of Fame Inductions will take place at a luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Walraven Gym in Prescott.
Tickets are available by contacting the athletic department at 776-2230.
The inductions will be a part of a number of activities scheduled for that weekend.
On Friday, Oct. 10, the YC volleyball team will play host to fellow ACCAC Division I foe Central Arizona. On Saturday night, Oct. 11, the Roughrider soccer team will entertain Paradise Valley at Ken Lindley Field. Prior to that match will be an alumni soccer match at Lindley. Former players that played in the 20th century will face the alumni from the 21st century in a 45-minute match.
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