Softball | 05/04/2021
Defense Mistakes, Yavapai Too Much in Pair of Losses
|Arizona Western College||2|
|Arizona Western College||10|
PRESCOTT, Ariz---On their heels early, the Arizona Western Lady Matadors (30-15 overall, 18-10 ACCAC) could not recover in a pair of losses to the Division I leading Yavapai RoughRiders (30-5 overall, 25-2 ACCAC) Tuesday afternoon.
Yavapai's offense was sparked in the first batter in the bottom of the first when Mia Weckel homered to start the game. The RoughRiders offense would score two more in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Angela Oros homered to get AWC on the board but Yavapai capitalized on a pair of Matador errors to score 8 runs in the bottom of the second to open up the lead.
Nicole Moran's RBI groundout brought Cielo Echols home in the third, but that would be the final run of the game as Yavapai cruised to an 11-2 victory over AWC.
Defense was a problem again for AWC in the second game with Yavapai striking for five first inning runs, using a pair of homers to cash in the opportunities.
Nylze Salazar's two-run double in the second brought AWC close again, but another pair of homers and pair of Matador errors lead to five more runs in the second for the RoughRiders.
Oros cranked her second homer of the day, a two run homer in the top of the third right in front of a Chloe Garcia homer that cut the difference to 10-5.
But Yavapai added another five runs in the bottom of the third, for the third straight inning, using a Matador error in front of a homer.
Yavapai would add another run in the fourth on a solo homer before Garcia smashed a two-run homer. Christina Robles added a two run double to prolong the game.
But a couple of dropped fly balls and a throwing error helped Yavapai score two more runs and get the run-rule victory, running their winning streak to 14 games.
AWC will look to bounce back and build post-season momentum on Saturday when they return to Yuma for Sophomore Day against the Pima Aztecs.