Local Rundown: Roughriders’ softball pounds Mesa, moves win streak to 12 in Arizona Conference play
JR. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Yavapai 9-12 Mesa 1-5
PRESCOTT – Yavapai College’s softball team extended its Arizona Conference winning streak to 12 games after this doubleheader sweep of Mesa Community College on Saturday, March 5, at Bill Vallely Field in Prescott.
With the victories, the Roughriders (20-6 overall, 15-5 in conference) remained just behind third-place Central Arizona (13-4) in the conference’s Division I standings. Eastern Arizona and Arizona Western entered Saturday with 17-1 and 15-1 records, respectively.
In the first game on Saturday, Yavapai scored three runs in the first inning, five runs in the second and one in the fifth for a 9-1 victory in five frames over D-II Mesa (9-13, 7-13).
The Roughriders compiled 12 hits, with Sydney Forray leading the charge by going 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, a run-scoring double, four RBIs and three runs scored. Andrea Sotelo (3-for-3, two-run homer, run scored) and Dustie Durham (3-for-3, double, RBI, run scored) also contributed.
On the pitcher’s slab, reigning Arizona Conference D-I pitcher of the week Amy Robinson got the victory, allowing one run on two hits, striking out five and walking one in five innings.
In the second game, Yavapai trailed 3-0 in the first inning, but rallied with two runs in the second, three in the third and seven in the fourth for a 12-5 win. Tied at 5-5 in the fourth, the Roughriders opened it up and finished the game with 14 hits, including six for extra bases.
At the dish, Sotelo had another monster game, going 4-for-4 with a triple, double, four RBIs and two runs scored. Karissa Pena (2-for-3, two-run double, run scored), Forray (2-for-4, RBI double, two runs scored) and Lynea Klemmedson (RBI double) also contributed.
In the pitcher’s circle, Durham got the win. She allowed five runs, but only one was earned, on four hits. She struck out two and walked none. Jalyn McClain threw the seventh, surrendering one hit.
Each team committed four fielding errors in the contest, which contributed to the high score.
Yavapai continues on in conference play on Tuesday, March 8, when the Roughriders play host to Glendale Community College at Vallely Field. The doubleheader begins at noon.
PREP SOFTBALL Prescott 9 Bradshaw Mtn. 4 (9 inn.)
GLENDALE – Prescott High’s softball team rallied in extra innings to defeat rival Bradshaw Mountain in the opening round of bracket play at the Apollo Cool Nights Tournament on Saturday, March 5.
Tied at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, the Division II Badgers scored five runs and shut down D-III Bradshaw in the bottom of the frame for the victory.
Bears pitcher McKaylee Dodge suffered the loss, allowing nine runs on eight hits and walking two in a nine-inning game.
At the plate, Courtney Stahley helped pace the Bears with a two-run double for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Dymond Balderrama later had an RBI double that handed Bradshaw a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second.
The Bears held onto their 3-2 edge until the seventh inning, when Prescott’s Fran Larson hit a game-tying homer and Caeden McKelvey later scored on an RBI single for a 4-3 Badgers lead.
But with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Bradshaw sent the game to extras when Katie Grandy scored on an error.
Tied at 4-4 in the eighth, Prescott had a chance to score, but the Bears’ Jaimie Peterson threw out a runner at home to send it to the ninth.
Prescott scored five runs in the top of the ninth on a sequence of Bradshaw errors and the Badgers shut out the Bears in the bottom of the frame for the victory.
Bradshaw coach Sharon Haese said that she was pleased with her team’s effort, despite the loss. She credited center fielder Shelbi Audsley, who in one sequence robbed Prescott of a homer and threw out a Badgers’ runner at home plate.
Bradshaw also received singles from Balderrama, Stahley and Grandy in the game.
Next up, Prescott will play host to Flagstaff at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the campus field off Ruth Street. Bradshaw Mountain (3-1 overall record) will visit Page at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.
PREP BASEBALL Prescott 10 Copper Canyon 0 (5 inn., March 4)
PRESCOTT – Prescott High’s baseball team remained unbeaten at 6-0 on Friday, March 4, shutting out Copper Canyon in its Division II, Section V opener in a run-ruled five innings at home.
The Badgers (1-0 section) scored three runs in the first inning, three runs in the second and four in the fifth to end it.
At the plate, Prescott’s Dawson Winslow was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases, while Jose Chairez was 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Aiding in the effort were Taylor Goffena (1-for-2, double, RBI) and Ryan Greene (1-for-3, triple, two RBIs).
On the mound, Goffena threw three innings and Justin Warren came on in relief in the final two frames.
Next up, Prescott will visit Williams Field at 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Gilbert.
Lee Williams 6 Chino Valley 1
Chino Valley High’s baseball team lost to Lee Williams in the semifinals of the Kingman High Baseball Invitational on Saturday, March 5, to finish the tournament with a 2-3 record.
The Cougars, who played seven games from this past Tuesday through Saturday, now stand at 5-3 overall and 3-0 in power-point contests.
Division III Chino Valley will play host to Cactus at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Nesbitt-Pratt Field.