SOFTBALL: Two players named All-Americans

Compiled from PCC press releases
Two Pima Community College softball players were selected as All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Sophomore Mari Contreras was one of four pitchers selected to the First Team. Freshman Cynthia Pelayo was one of four outfielders who made the Second Team.
Both players became eligible for the All-American teams because they were named to the First Team All-West Region.
For the complete NFCA All-American list go to:
Three Pima Community College softball players received national recognition as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its All-Region teams on May 31. The Aztecs were recognized in the West Region.
Sophomore pitcher Marina Contreras and freshman outfielder Cynthia Pelayo made the 1st Team while sophomore third baseman Jessica Sipe was selected to the 2nd Team.
Contreras and Pelayo are eligible for All-American consideration. Contreras was one of five pitchers selected while Pelayo was one of the four outfielders. Sipe was one of the six infielders selected.
The complete list can be found at this website:
The Pima Community College softball team’s season came to end May 19 as the No. 4 Aztecs lost 5-2 to No. 9 Wallace State Community College (Alabama).
The Aztecs finished the national tournament in 4th place and closed out their season with a 56-15 overall record.
Pima got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Jessica Schneider hit a RBI single that brought around two runs and gave Pima a 2-0 lead. Wallace State cut the lead to 2-1 after Michal Robertson hit a leadoff solo homerun in the top of the 4th. Wallace State scored four more runs in the top of the 5th inning. Schneider finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Nicole Rascon went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a double.
Yvette Alvarez took the loss and finished the season with a record of 24-8. She pitched 4 and two-third innings, giving up five runs with two strikeouts and one walk. Mari Contreras came in for relief and struck out six of the eight batters she faced.
Player notes: Sophomore outfielder Nicole Rascon signed to play for Florida International next year. Sophomore third baseman Jessica Sipe verbally committed this week to play for New Mexico State University.
The Pima Community College softball team reached the final four of the NJCAA national tournament, but must win four games in a row to capture the championship.
On May 18, the No. 5 Aztecs lost to No. 1 Chattanooga State Community College (Tennessee) 8-3 but fought back in the afternoon game to defeat Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College 7-4.
Much like its game against Chattanooga State earlier in the day, the Aztecs started off quick but this time the lead stayed with them against Northeastern Oklahoma. Pima hit three home runs to trigger the offense.
Alejandra Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the 4th inning to give the Aztecs a 3-0 lead. Jessica Sipe hit a solo homer in the 4th inning and Pima led 4-1 at that point. Noelle Medina smacked a two-run homer in the 6th inning to give the Aztecs their biggest lead at 7-2. Yvette Alvarez pitched five innings giving up two runs with three strikeouts. She earned her 24th win of the season.



In the early game, the Aztecs took an early lead against Chattanooga State when Jessica Schneider hit an RBI single in the 1st inning. In the 2nd inning with bases loaded, Aubre Carpenter drew the walk to bring in another run. Chattanooga State took the lead with a grand slam in the 4th. The Aztecs came back in the 5th inning when Carpenter hit a ball in the outfield that scored Nicole Rascon to make it 4-3. Chattanooga State scored two runs each in the 6th and 7th innings to help seal it.



Pima plays Wallace State Community College (Alabama) in the 10 a.m. (9 a.m. Tucson time) game May 19. If the Aztecs win, they will have a rematch with Chattanooga, which lost to Salt Lake Community College 4-1 in Friday’s late game. The game against Chattanooga will be at noon (11 a.m. Tucson time). If the Aztecs continue to win, they’ll play at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. Tucson time) and in the championship game at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. Tucson time).


The Pima Community College softball team advanced in the winner’s bracket in dramatic fashion by defeating No. 5 State College of Florida 3-2 on the second game of the day in the NJCAA national tournament.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs, Shawna Comeaux hit a RBI double that scored pinch runner Jacqueline Deen to tie the game. In the bottom of the 8th with one out, Nicole Rascon hit a triple. Jessica Schneider  stepped up with two outs and hit a RBI single to win it for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs will play No. 1 seed Chattanooga State Community College (Tennessee) on May 18 at 1 p.m. If they win, they’ll play at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Tucson time) but a loss will put them in the 4:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. Tucson time) game.
The Pima Community College softball team made a strong opening statement in its first game as part of the NJCAA national tournament in St. George, Utah.
Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, the No. 4 seeded Aztecs used a five-run 6th inning to help beat No. 13 Butler Community College (Kansas) 7-4.
Alejandra Ortiz hit a 3-run homerun as part of that inning to give the Aztecs the 5-3 lead. Jessica Sipe hit a RBI double that brought around two more runs. Ortiz finished the game going 2 for 3 with four RBIs and a run scored. Sipe was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Mari Contreras pitched 5 and-one-third innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk. With Pima trailing 3-2, Yvette Alvarez came in for relief. Alvarez pitched the last 1 and two-third innings and picked up the win for the Aztecs. She is 22-6 on the season.
The Aztecs play May 17 at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Tucson time) against No. 5 seed State College of Florida. If the Aztecs win, they won’t play until 1 p.m. (noon Tucson time) on Friday. If they lose, the game will be at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. Tucson time)


The Pima Community College softball team entered regional tournament play on May 5 needing three consecutive victories to qualify for nationals. Luckily, that’s exactly what it got.

The Aztecs defeated arch rival Yavapai College twice and Eastern Arizona College once to punch their tickets to St. George, Utah, where the national tournament will be played on May 17-19.

Any loss on day two of the double-elimination tournament would’ve sent Pima packing for the year, since PCC split its two games the first day.

Pima dropped a 3-0 decision to Eastern Arizona College to start day one. The Aztecs then took a 6-0 decision against Central Arizona College, setting the stage for the next day’s heroics.

Pima started the second day by knocking off EAC 7-2.

Freshman pitcher Yvette Alvarez went the distance for Pima, surrendering only four hits and striking out five. Sophomore Nicole Rascon starred at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Freshman Cynthia Pelayo also added a solo home run.

That left the Aztecs needing two victories against Yavapai to advance.

The pitching matchup for the first game pitted Alvarez versus Tucson native Estela Piñon, who had dominated PCC twice earlier in the year.

Alvarez turned the tables on her counterpart, as Pima rode a six-run sixth inning to a convincing 9-0 win.

Jessica Schneider had a big game with the bat, knocking in six. The sophomore went 3-for-4, including a round-tripper and a double. Freshmen Amber Calvillo and Aubre Carpenter each scored twice.

The Aztecs again turned to Alvarez in the final game. She pitched the first six innings of the 9-6 Pima triumph, leaving in the seventh with Roughriders on second and third and no outs.

Sophomore Mari Contreras came in to dash YC’s hopes, recording three straight outs for the save.

Pima also used the long ball to put Yavapai away, as freshman Noelle Medina launched a grand slam in a five-run third inning. Schneider added another blast in the first.

Alvarez pitched 20 of the 21 innings Pima played in the three-game set. She was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

The squad also had numerous players receive All-ACCAC and All-Region 1 recognition:

First team all-conference

Jessica Schneider

Nicole Rascon

Mari Contreras

Second team all-conference

Jessica Sipe

Gemma Contreras

Cynthia Pelayo

Third team all-conference

Aubre Carpenter

Yvette Alvarez


Mari Contreras

Jessica Schneider

Nicole Rascon

Gemma Contreras




 The Pima Community College softball team finished the regular season the same way it played most of it – red hot.

The Aztecs tapped into some “sophomore day” energy on April 28 to easily sweep Mesa Community College at home, 9-1 and 7-0.

Seven PCC sophomores played their final games at West Campus, and were honored by family members, friends and teammates in a postgame ceremony at home plate.

“It was a sad day, just knowing it’s the last day I’m going to play here,” sophomore pitcher Mari Contreras said. “We had extra motivation because it’s sophomore day.”

Contreras, who will continue her career at the University of Texas-El Paso next year, turned in a dominant performance in game one of the double-dip. The future Miner surrendered just two hits and struck out eight to run her record to 20-5.

Sophomore pitcher Monet Ormsby also shut down MCC in game two. She finished a spotless regular season at 8-0.

Freshman Aubre Carpenter had a busy day at the plate, going 5-for-8, including two doubles. Sophomore Jessica Sipe also contributed, going 2-for-4 in game one, with three RBIs. Fellow sophomore Jessica Schneider erupted for two homers in the nightcap, tallying five RBIs.

The other three sophomores honored in the ceremony were Nicole Rascon, Kristi Shepherd and Jacqueline Deen.

PCC split a doubleheader against archrival Yavapai College on April 24, losing game one 4-0 and taking the nightcap 9-2.

Pima also took a pair from Phoenix College on April 21.

The Aztecs finished at 49-12 for the regular season, including 39-9 in conference play.

Next up for PCC will be the regional tournament in Prescott, with Yavapai as host.

Four teams there will vie for a lone berth to the NJCAA Division I national tournament in St. George, Utah, on May 17-19.

Contreras is feeling good about the Aztecs’ chances to make it through, but she knows Yavapai is one team standing in their way.

“It proved a lot by us beating them, because we hadn’t beaten them since I don’t remember when,” she said. “Our goal is to win regionals. I know we can do it.”

Pima opens regional play against Eastern Arizona College on May 4 at 10 a.m.

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