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Roughrider Ladies Started Season with 3 Victories
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29 January 2017   Brad Clifford

The Lady Roughriders started the season 4-1.

The Roughrider softball team concluded the final day of the College of Southern Nevada Kickoff Classic with a 1-1 record as they registered a victory over Snow College, Utah 11-5 before dropping the final game of the day, 7-2 to Salt Lake Community College. Yavapai finishes the tournament with a 4-1 record.

In the opener, the Roughriders used a seven-run explosion in the fifth inning to propel them to the lopsided victory.

The Green and Gold scored in the fifth on an RBI double by Jaydee Boursaw, a three-run home run by Mahina Chong, and a three-run home run by Raelynn Rios. Chong racked up four RBIs on two hits for Roughriders.

YC easily handled Snow college pitching as six hitters combined for 13 hits, nine RBIs and nine runs scored.

The lead stayed with Roughriders after the first, when it scored five runs on an RBI double by Mercedes Rothwell and three singles.

A three-run third inning helped bring Snow college within one. A two-run error and an RBI double by Alyssa Arslanian gave Snow college life. Dakota Gee to end the Snow college threat.

In the nightcap, Andrea Sotelo went 4-4 at the plate, but the Roughriders still fell to Salt Lake City.

The Bruins went up for good in the third, scoring four runs on a two-run double by Madison Sisco and two singles.

YC scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut its deficit to three. A two-run home run by Raelynn Rios fueled Riders comeback.

Salt Lake City built upon its lead with two runs in the seventh. The inning looked promising, as Emma Noble doubled, plating Sara Bendt to kick things off. That was followed up by Sisco's single, bringing home Bryce Taylor.

The Roughrider threatened in the bottom of the 7th but could not push any runs across.

YC now enters conference play beginning on Tuesday, January 31st at South Mountain Community College. The doubleheader will begin at 1:00 PM on the campus of South Mountain Community College in Phoenix.

The Roughrider softball team opened up the 2017 season with three victories in the College of Southern Nevada Kickoff Classic. The 2016 NJCAA Region I Champions scored 30 runs on the day and gave up only 8 runs.

In the opener, Amy Robinson threw 6.1 innings to get the victory from the circle. The University of South Carolina Upstate bound right-hander struck out 2 batters and scattered 8 hits in the 8-2 victory of Odessa College, TX.

Offensively, the Roughriders were led by Shayna Ige. Ige was 3 for 3 with two RBI’s, 2 runs with a double. Mercedes Rothwell was 1 for 3 with a double and wo runs batted in.

Rothwell stayed hot in the second game of the day with 3 hits including a home run with 2 runs scored in the 12-4 win over Colorado Northwestern Community College. Karissa Pena had a home run and 2 runs scored and Andrea Sotelo was 2 for 4 with 2 runs knocked in.

Santana Parra got the victory from the slab throwing 6 innings with four strikeouts.

YC complete the three-game sweep with a 10-2 victory over the host school College of Southern Nevada.

Kiana Spencer was the winning pitcher in 5 innings striking out 5 batters.

Rothwell was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and 1 run batted in. Raelynn Rios was 3 for 4 with a triple. Rios had 5 runs batted in. Mikayla Newham and Savana Ramirez was 2 for 2.

The Green and Gold continue tournament play on Saturday against Snow College, Utah and Salt Lake Community College.