Softball | 04/13/2021
Offense Quiet in Losses to Yavapai
|Arizona Western College||0|
|Arizona Western College||1|
YUMA, Ariz---For the second time in as many homestands, the #17 Arizona Western Lady Matadors (23-10 overall, 11-5 ACCAC) fell to a ranked opponent, dropping the double-header to the #14 Yavapai RoughRiders (21-5 overall, 16-2 ACCAC) Tuesday afternoon at Charlie Dine Field.
The offense just never put together enough runs, failing to support Anahi Grijalva for the third consecutive start in a 1-0 loss in Game 1.
Grijalva worked in and out of trouble throughout the ball game but limited Yavapai to just the one run-a flare single into shallow left field by Cheyenne Sandoval in the third that scored Kayla Rodgers.
The Matadors best chance came in the fourth after Josie Hernandez missed a game-tying homer by inches, instead doubling off the fence in left field. Hernandez was thrown out trying to make it to third on a ground ball up the middle. Angela Oros singled and Chloe Garcia was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Yavapai starter Emily Dix got the final out of the inning with a strikeout.
The Matadors had just one more base runner the rest of the ball game.
Game 2 saw the Matatdors take the early lead on Garcia's solo homer off of Kamryn Kamakaiwe, but the Yavapai southpaw struck out the final two hitters of the inning to minimize the damage.
Kelly Katalbas was solid for Arizona Western, allowing just one base runner through the first three innings. But four balls that never left the infield started the fourth inning for Yavapai with the tying run. Miki Berg singled through the left side and Alyssa Carpio delivered a sacrifice fly to push the Yavapai lead to 3-1.
Yavapai tacked on three more in the seventh with a pair of doubles, a walk, and a single to chase Katalbas.
One area that proved too much to overcome for AWC, was starting the inning offensively. Matador leadoff hitters were 0-14 and the only 3 of the Matadors 7 hits came before two were out.
Arizona Western will look to regroup on Saturday, hitting the road to take on Pima in Tucson for a double-header.