YUMA, Ariz – Tuesday afternoon, the Arizona Western College softball team fell in a doubleheader to 10th ranked Yavapai College in Yuma. The Roughriders hit six home runs while winning 8-4 and 11-1 (six innings).
In the first inning of game one, Andrea Sotelo and Karissa Pena both hit two-run home runs for an early 4-0 Yavapai (40-5 overall, 36-4 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) lead. It was Sotelo’s 15th homer and Pena’s seventh homer of the season.
In the second inning, Yavapai added another run. With a runner on third and two outs, Mahina Chong blooped a single to left field for a 5-0 lead.
Shayna Ige put Yavapai up 7-0 in the top of the third. Her two-out single with the bases loaded scored two.
AWC (29-20 overall, 21-19 ACCAC) broke through in the bottom half of the third after making solid contact throughout the first two innings. Allison Betty doubled to left field, and she scored when Julie Roach ripped a single up the gut to cut the lead to 7-1.
Sotelo knocked her second homer of the game to lead off the sixth inning and put YC up 8-1. The solo shot was her 16th homer of the season.
AWC started to rally in the bottom of the seventh after Nadia Hernandez singled and Samantha Jara Villegas was hit by a pitch. Betty then walloped a homer to left-center to cut the lead to 8-4, but a pair of outs ended the game after that. Betty has six homers on the seasond and went 2-4 with two runs scored, three RBI, a double and the homer.
Amy Robinson (17-4) earned the win for Yavapai. She allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings. Robinson struck out four and walked one.
Belinda Gonzalez (16-10) took the loss. She allowed four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one in one inning. Nadia Hernandez came on in relief to start the second inning and allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. She walked five.
AWC came out with great energy in the second game to take an early lead. In the bottom of the first, Betty singled and went to third when Alisha Diaz reached on an error. With one out, Jessica Alvarez hit a soft line drive up the middle that dropped to score Betty for a 1-0 lead.
Sotelo put Yavapai up with a home run to straightaway center in the third. Her three-run blast was her third homer of the day and 17th on the year.
In the fourth inning, Yavapai added one more when Mikayla Newham singled through the right side of the infield to score a runner from second.
YC’s Jaydee Boursaw homered to lead off the fifth inning for her 25th home run of the season. Two batters later, Raelynn Rios hit a solo home run that made it 6-0. Shayna Ige followed it up with an RBI single a few batters later for a 7-1 lead.
The Roughrides put the game away with a four-run sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Kaylee Mabray cleared the bases with a double to center field. She scored on an RBI line-drive single by Ige to make it 11-1.
Karly Turner (3-5) took the loss for Arizona Western. She pitched into the fifth inning and allowed five runs, all earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out three.
Kiana Spencer (15-0) picked up the win for Yavapai. She allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out seven.
The Lady Mats head to South Mountain Community College on Saturday. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.