Lightning did not strike twice for the Yavapai College softball team.
Last year, they were able to beat Wallace State Community College to claim their first NJCAA national title. But this year they couldn’t get past the Alabama squad, losing 8-4 in today’s semi-final.
Wallace State will play for the national title while Yavapai returns home as the No. 3 team in the nation – but without a second straight national championship.
The Roughriders, the No. 5 seed, won the opener of the fast pitch national tournament in Utah, beating Indian Hills Community College as Danielle Muniz and Molly Brossart got things rolling with a homer each in the first inning. Muniz finished the day 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a stolen base.
Then they pulled off a 3-0 upset of the No. 1 seed, Salt Lake City Community College, before a complete collapse in an 11-1 loss to No. 3 seed Miami Dade College. Muniz hit another round trip in the Salt Lake City game, but the Roughrider offense couldn’t get on track in the Miami Dade loss.
Normally solid pitching went south in the Miami Dade loss as well, as Audrey Workman gave up 4 runs on seven hits in just the first two innings, and her replacement, Alex Landon, got tagged for 11 hits.
And that loss dropped them into an elimination game with Wallace State, which was the 2008 national champions and a power again this year. The Lions have four consecutive state titles under their belts, and have been conference champions the past two years as they compiled a 131-18 record.
In today’s game, Wallace State took an early 3-0 lead, but Yavapai tied it up by the third inning and went ahead by one run in the fourth. But the Lions added two of their own that inning and then shut the door with a three-run fifth.
Brossart hit another home run and Muniz and Vanessa House each went 2-for-3, but it wasn’t enough this time.
The Roughriders finished the 2010 campaign with a 53-16 overall record.
(Photo: Wallace State Athletics)