Roughriders softball upsets Southern Idaho on opening day of Kickoff Classic
Junior College Softball
HENDERSON, Nev. — The NJCAA Division I preseason No. 18-ranked Yavapai College softball team opened its 2019 season with a bang on Friday, Jan. 25, upsetting No. 7 College of Southern Idaho, 8-7, before its second game versus Southern Nevada was suspended due to darkness at the Coyote Kickoff Classic.
Against Southern Idaho, the Roughriders built an 8-2 lead by the end of the fifth inning, but surrendered five runs in the last two innings and held on as the designated home team. Southern Idaho’s Kalena Shepherd, Kylie Baumert, and Anjalee Batchelor registered RBIs in the failed comeback attempt.
The scoring began in a three-run second inning, when Yavapai’s Mikayla Marquez ripped an RBI single. Later, leading 4-2, the Roughriders pieced together a four-run fifth, guided by Jessica Giacoma and Marquez, each of whom drove in runs.
On the pitcher’s slab, Shaye Pinner notched the win for Yavapai. She allowed four runs on four hits in 6-1/3 innings, striking out seven. Zoe Zoellner pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief.
The Roughriders blistered three home runs, including Alexus Garza in the fourth inning, and Giacoma and Marquez in the fifth.
Yavapai finished with 11 total hits, as Marquez, Garza, Shaylee Alani and Meredith Clark managed two hits apiece.
Shepherd guided Southern Idaho at the dish by going 3 for 4. In the field, Southern Idaho was flawless, not committing any errors to the Roughriders’ three.
Against Southern Nevada, Yavapai had a 13-7 lead in the fifth inning before the game was postponed. The remainder of the game will be played at 8 a.m. today, Jan. 26.
Yavapai moves on in the final day of the tournament to battle NJCAA D-I preseason No. 14 Salt Lake Community College at 10:30 a.m., followed by Snow College at 1 p.m. and Utah State-Eastern at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
Southern Nevada takes on Central Arizona College and Arizona Western College at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
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