After a 50-3 regular season that shattered the record books, the No. 2-ranked Yavapai College of Prescott softball team saw half of its roster (8-of-16 student-athletes) earn All-Conference honors, in addition to Head Coach Doug Eastman being named the ACCAC Coach of the Year.
“When you receive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the ACCAC plus all of the conference awards, it makes you pretty proud of the program and what we represent for Yavapai College,” said Eastman. “Being named Coach of the Year is a reflection of having hard-working athletes that love the game!”
The aforementioned ACCAC Player of the Year is freshman infielder Lovey Kepa’a while the aforementioned ACCAC Pitcher of the Year is sophomore pitcher Emily Dix.
Both athletes also earned First-Team All-Conference honors and were joined by freshman pitcher Emily Darwin, freshman infielder Yaya Kaaialii, sophomore outfielder Kayla Rodgers, and fellow sophomore outfielder Mia Weckel. In addition, freshman catcher Jasmine Moreno and freshman infielder Makena Riggs both earned Second-Team All-Conference honors. Kepa’a, Dix, Darwin, Kaaialii, Rodgers, Weckel, and Moreno were also named to the Division I All-Region team.
When Coach Eastman’s squad swept the Paradise Valley Community College Pumas on February 15, he earned his 800th career coaching victory and 300th career coaching victory at YC. Recently, the Roughriders sweep of Eastern Arizona to close out the regular season gave Eastman his third 50-win campaign at YC and his first since 2018. Heading into the region tournament, Eastman owns a 336-93 record as the head coach of the Roughriders, good for a winning percentage of .783.
The Roughrider shortstop and cleanup hitter has demolished softballs all season long. Kepa’a finished the regular season with a .516 batting average, .607 OBP%, 1.172 SLG%, 82 runs scored, 81 hits, 10 doubles, 31 homers, 94 RBIs, 34 walks and eight steals.
In the country, she ranks seventh in runs scored, is tied for first in home runs, leads in RBIs, is tied for 10th in walks, is seventh in OBP% and is fifth in SLG%. Kepa’a also took home ACCAC Player of the Week honors once this season.
Yavapai’s ace inside the circle dominated the competition every time the softball was in her hand. Dix capped off the regular season with a 24-1 record, 1.56 ERA and 236 strikeouts in 134.2 innings pitched. She also tossed two complete-game no-hitters throughout the season.
In the country, she is tied for third in wins, is fourth in total strikeouts, and is third in strikeouts-per-seven innings. Dix also took home ACCAC Pitcher of the Week honors a whopping eight times throughout the season.
The latter part of YC’s one-two punch inside the circle boasted ace status throughout the entirety of the regular season as well. Darwin’s regular-season numbers included a 21-2 record, 1.98 ERA, and 122 strikeouts in 113 innings pitched.
Her 21 wins ties her for 10th in the country and she also earned ACCAC Pitcher of the Week honors twice during the season.
The Roughrider second baseman and No. 3 hitter exhausted pitchers throughout the season. Her regular season stat line included a .586 batting average, .698 OBP%, 1.255 SLG%, 91 runs scored, 85 hits, 25 doubles, three triples, 22 homers, 81 RBIs, 54 walks and 11 steals.
In the country, she ranks third in runs scored, tied for fifth in doubles, eighth in RBIs, first in walks, second in batting average, first in OBP% and first in SLG%. She also took home ACCAC Player of the Week honors once during the season.
Yavapai’s left fielder and No. 2 hitter was a hitting machine throughout the entirety of the regular season. Rodgers’ stat line includes a .580 batting average, .635 OBP%, 1.191 SLG%, 98 runs scored, 94 hits, 22 doubles, four triples, 23 homers, 74 RBIs, 27 walks and 15 steals.
In the country, she ranks first in runs scored, sixth in hits, tied for seventh in homers, third in batting average, fourth in OBP% and fourth in SLG%. Rodgers earned ACCAC Player of the Week honors three times throughout the season as well.
Patrolling centerfield with a cannon for an arm, YC’s leadoff hitter didn’t step up to the plate to just get on base in 2022, she also brought power to the top of the lineup. Her regular-season stats include a .456 batting average, .540 OBP%, .813 SLG%, 90 runs scored, 78 hits, 16 doubles, 15 homers, 57 RBIs, 29 walks and 16 steals. Her 90 runs scored also ties her for fourth in the country.
One of YC’s backstops, Moreno helps manage the pitching staff in addition to being Yavapai’s No. 5 hitter in the lineup. Her regular-season stats include a .487 batting average, .532 OBP%, .933 SLG%, 54 runs scored, 73 hits, 19 doubles, 16 homers, 67 RBIs and 18 walks. Moreno also took home ACCAC Player of the Week honors twice throughout the season.
The Roughrider third baseman can zip it across the infield and bring the power to the plate as well. Riggs hit .366 during the regular season with a .421 OBP%, .799 SLG%, 50 runs scored, 60 hits, 12 doubles, a triple, 19 homers, 67 RBIs, 15 walks and six steals.
The Roughriders are back on the softball field on May 13-14 at home where they will host the NJCAA Division I Region I Tournament.
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