Local Rundown: Roughriders softball splits at Eastern; 3rd in D-1 standings
JR. COLLEGE SOFTBALL
Game 1 - Yavapai 9, Eastern Arizona 6
Game 2 - Eastern Arizona 13, Yavapai 6
THATCHER – Yavapai College’s softball team split a doubleheader at Arizona Conference Division I opponent Eastern Arizona on Tuesday, March 29.
As a result, the third-place Roughriders (23-9 in conference) gained no ground on second-place Eastern (27-5). Arizona Western (26-2) is the league’s D-I leader.
In Tuesday’s opener, Yavapai beat the Gila Monsters, 9-6. Andrea Sotelo paced the Roughriders offensively, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Mikayla Newham and Sydney Forray each went 3-for-5. Forray blistered her fourth home run in three games. Dustie Durham and Jocilyn Ellis added two hits apiece.
In the pitcher’s circle, Amy Robinson got the victory, striking out four and surrendering 12 hits.
In the second game, Yavapai grabbed a 4-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but allowed 11 runs in the bottom of the frame on its way to a 13-6 loss.
At the dish for Yavapai, Mayhina Chong was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Sotelo, Nicole Matta and Sarah Ingegneri had two hits each.
Yavapai continues D-I conference play on Saturday, April 2, when the Roughriders play host to Arizona Western. In February, the Matadors swept the Roughriders in Yuma, 3-2 and 11-3. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon at Bill Vallely Field in Prescott.
Prescott 10, Shadow Ridge 0 (five inn., Monday)
PRESCOTT – Prescott High’s baseball team upped its record to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in Division II, Section V after run-ruling Shadow Ridge on Monday, March 28.
On the mound, Prescott pitcher Griffin Hays earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out five in four innings. He did not issue any walks. Taylor Goffena threw an effective fifth in relief, keeping the shutout intact.
At the plate, Kody Jones paced Prescott, going 2-for-2 with a homer, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Jose Chairez (2-for-3, double, RBI, two runs scored), Dawson Winslow (2-for-3, run scored), Ryan Greene (2-for-2, double), Joey Christopherson (1-for-3, three runs scored) and Matt Mendibles (1-for-1, double, run scored) also stood out.
Next up, Prescott will play host to rival Bradshaw Mountain for a key section clash at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, on its campus field off Ruth Street.
Bradshaw Mtn. 20, Copper Canyon 8
GLENDALE – Bradshaw Mountain High’s baseball team scored 20 runs on 22 hits, nine of which went for extra bases, in this blowout win at D-II, Section V foe Copper Canyon on Tuesday, March 29.
The Bears’ record now stands at 6-3 in power-point games and 3-0 in section play.
On the mound, Cohen Heckethorn got the win in relief, tossing three shutout innings.
At the plate, Steven Hernandez led Bradshaw, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Heckethorn (2-for-3, two doubles, three RBIs), Gunner Bundrick (3-for-3, double, two RBIs), Noah Barros (3-for-5, double), Blake Huntley (4-for-4, two RBIs) and Bobby Simonds (2-for-3, two doubles, three RBIs) also had fine afternoons.
Bradshaw, a winner of four straight, visits rival Prescott at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
Shadow Ridge 10, Prescott 0 (five inn., Monday)
SURPRISE – Prescott High’s softball team lost for the fourth time in its past six games following this run-ruled defeat in Division II, Section V play at Shadow Ridge on Monday, March 28.
Shadow Ridge plated three runs in the first inning, two in the second and five in the fourth en route to the shutout.
Next up, the Badgers (3-4 record in power-point games, 1-2 in section) host Ironwood for a non-section contest at 3:30 p.m. today, March 30, on their campus field off Ruth Street.
Bradshaw Mtn. 21, Washington 0 (five inn., Monday)
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Bradshaw Mountain pitcher McKaylee Dodge posted this shutout victory over Washington on Monday, March 28, evening the Bears’ Division III, Section IV record at 1-1.
In the run-ruled rout, Dodge faced 16 batters in five innings, striking out six and no-hitting Washington. It was the first time Dodge had not allowed a hit in a game.
At the plate for the Bears, Courtney Stahley went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Others who stood out included Dodge (1-for-2, three runs scored) and Cailee Morgan (1-for-2, triple, RBI, three runs scored).
Bradshaw (12-6 overall, 5-2 power-point games, 1-1 section) will continue on with section play when it hosts Glendale at 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 1.
Mayer 11, AZ College Prep 10
SPRING VALLEY – Mayer High’s softball team edged Arizona College Prep on Tuesday, March 29, for its fifth straight victory in power-point games.
The Wildcats, whose record is 6-2 in such contests, will play a doubleheader at Seligman at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
Prescott girls 9, Dysart 0
PRESCOTT – Prescott High’s girls’ tennis team bounced back nicely from a non-section loss to Arcadia March 24 with this sweep of Division II, Section V Dysart on Tuesday, March 29.
Sarah Jane Schott, Anne Miller, Mackenzie Roberts, Morgan Feingold, Maya Goligoski and Scarlett Merrique recorded victories in singles for the Badgers. In doubles, the pairings of Schott-Miller, Roberts-Feinbold and Goligoski-Merrique also won.
With the team victory, the Badgers (6-1 overall record) stayed unbeaten in section at 5-0. They will visit Valley Vista, another section opponent, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
Copper Canyon 6, Bradshaw Mtn. boys 3
PRESCOTT VALLEY – Bradshaw Mountain High’s boys’ tennis team lost its third consecutive match on Tuesday, March 29, falling to Copper Canyon.
The Bears, who own a 4-5 overall record and a 2-3 mark in section, visit Valley Vista for another section clash at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.