By STEVE CHOICE
The Pima Community College softball team knows a thing or two about sweeping their opponents in doubleheaders.
The Aztecs have accomplished the feat in 14 of 21 opportunities this season.
That’s why it may have been a little surprising when the Aztecs recently split with two teams they had kicked around earlier in the year.
Pima split with Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 3, then also took one of two against South Mountain Community College on April 7.
As a result, PCC slipped to No. 12 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll.
Head coach Armando Quiroz wasn’t concerned about the losses, though.
“That’s just part of any season,” he said. “We’re right where we want to be. Our expectations are high as always, and we’re picking up the intensity in practice.”
Not surprisingly, Quiroz was happy to see the squad break out the brooms against Arizona Western College on April 10.
“It felt good to get the sweep against Western,” he said. “For us, sweeping our opponents is what we consider normal. There’s little middle ground for us – we want to win both every time.”
Sophomore Mari Contreras pitched Pima to victory in game one against the Matadors.
Sophomores Nicole Rascon and Jessica Sipe had big days at the plate, along with freshmen Aubre Carpenter, Alejandra Ortiz and Shawna Comeaux.
Freshman Yvette Alvarez also starred, ending game two with a grand slam.
Pima followed up by taking two 10-1 decisions against GateWay Community College on April 17.
The Aztecs now stand at 44-11 on the season, including a 34-8 conference mark.
On April 24, PCC will get a chance to avenge something that’s even more rare for them – having an opponent sweep them.
Yavapai College will come to town that day as one of just two teams to have turned the trick against the Aztecs this season.
Quiroz said his team welcomes the challenge against the No. 3 Roughriders.
“Anytime you can play a great squad like Yavapai, that’s what you want for your program,” he said. “They have quite a talented team. We’re looking forward to it.”