Yavapai College left-handed pitcher Kiana Spencer, a freshman, is having a dream softball season.Spencer, a Navajo from Gallup, is baffling batters with a mixture of pitches for the Roughriders, ranked No. 8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association and No. 1 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
She was recently selected as NJCAA and ACCAC pitcher of the week for her efforts against Central Arizona College and Mesa Community College as she chalked up two victories.
“Both Central Arizona College and Mesa Community College are good hitting teams,” she said. “I kept them off balance at the plate. Our defense played outstanding, backing me up.”
Yavapai head coach Doug Eastman said Spencer’s selection is well-deserved.
“This young lady has been displaying her domination since she was handed the ball,” Eastman said. “It’s always great to have national recognition for your program. We have other athletes that lead in batting average and home runs in the U.S.”
“We’re having a great season,” Spencer said. “Our goal is to earn a berth in the NJCAA national tournament.
“The ACCAC is very tough,” she said. “There are good teams in our conference. Throughout the season, we’re taking it one game at a time. We can’t afford to look past any team.”
Yavapai, which finished fourth in the NJCAA last year, is currently 42-5 overall and 38-4 in the ACCAC. Yavapai’s latest victories were a doubleheader sweep of Gateway Community College of Phoenix.
In the victory over Gateway, Spencer threw four innings, allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one.
Spencer is undefeated at 16-0. Spencer is leading the ACCAC in earned run average, posting an 1.09 in 90 innings pitched. She has struck out 74 batters.