5/1/2013 9:58:00 PM Postseason spring honors open Yavapai playoff run
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier Krysthian Leal, above, led his team in batting this spring with a .410 average. The third baseman also led the conference in hits (80), and was fourth in the nation. Aundria Zuniga-Romero led the conference in wins (31) and logged more than 273 innings. Her 31 victories ranked second in the nation.
The Daily Courier
Some of the best players in the Arizona junior college conference will be on the field this weekend when the playoffs open. And some of those players will be wearing Yavapai College colors.
With the postseason getting under way Thursday for baseball and Friday for softball, the ACCAC got a jump on the fun with 2013 individual honors on Tuesday.
Representing the YC softball team, sophomore Brandi Heimburg and freshman Aundria Zuniga-Romero were ACCAC 1st Team and NJCAA Region 1 1st Team selections. Freshman Valerie Luera was a 2nd Team selection in both categories.
Heimburg, the Roughriders' hard-hitting outfielder, led her club in batting average (.455), hits (86), doubles (18), triples (3) and runs scored (59). The Phoenix native will take her talents to the University of New Mexico next season.
Zuniga-Romero led the conference in wins (31) and logged more than 273 innings. Her 31 victories ranked second in the nation. The Safford native was third in the conference with 214 strikeouts, and was eighth in the conference with a 2.38 ERA.
She also learned on Wednesday that, for the third time this season, she was named the ACCAC Div. 1 Softball Pitcher of the Week for her efforts this past week. Zuniga-Romero was 4-0 with doubleheader wins over South Mountain and Phoenix. In 25 innings she struck out 18 batters, and posted her ninth shutout of the season.
Luera, from Tucson, hit a solid .340 for the year with 53 hits, nine doubles, six home runs and 39 RBIs. Luera also had a.906 fielding percentage.
The YC softball team opens its playoff run on Friday against Central Arizona. The best-of-3 series will be in Coolidge, and the winner advances to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George, Utah, May 15-18.
Yavapai is seeking its third national championship in five years (2009, 2011).
The YC baseball team, meanwhile, opens its playoff run Thursday. The Roughriders begin a best-of-3 series in Douglas against Cochise.
The baseball team placed three players both the ACCAC 1st Team and the All-NJCAA 1st Team. Krysthian Leal, Tim Arakawa and Drew Turbin were honored on both lists. Stephen Carbajal was voted to the 2nd Team All-ACCAC and the 1st Team All-NJCAA Region I Division I teams.
Leal led the team in batting this spring with a .410 average. The third baseman also led the conference in hits (80), and was fourth in the nation. The Yuma native posted 13 doubles, three triples and three home runs, and led the team with 60 RBIs.
Arakawa batted .375 for the year with 11 doubles, eight triples (tied for league high), five home runs and 64 runs scored (team high). Arakawa will be taking his skills to Oklahoma State University next season.
Turbin hit .344 on the year with seven doubles, four triples, two home runs and 35 RBIs. The Dallas Baptist signee also took care of business in the classroom, making the Athletic Directors Honor Roll in the Fall semester.
Carbajal, a University of New Mexico transfer, had a solid year hitting .393 with five doubles, three triples and two home runs. Carbajal was also productive from the mound with a 2-1 overall record, 18 strikeouts, and a 2.55 ERA in 17 innings pitched.