By ROSE VALENZUELA
It’s that time of year again, as the Pima Community College softball team returns for a new season.
After having morning practices while others slept in the fall, as well as practicing every day after class, these women seem as if they are prepared for almost anything, and are ready to dominate the upcoming season.
“We did workouts every day in the fall,” returning second baseman Noelle Medina said. “Even though it was hard to get up early in the mornings, we were dedicated. We cannot afford to take days off if we want to continue to be the best there is.”
After the successful season they had last year, the Aztecs know they have a huge target on their backs.
“We lost some key players in our lineup, but I’m pretty confident that our freshmen will fill those spots and get the job done,” Medina said.
Losing key players also means there is room for other players to help the team.
The Aztecs lost nine key cogs from last year’s squad, but have added six incoming freshmen.
Medina thinks this year’s freshmen are up to the challenge.
“They are all hardworking, and always want to improve,” she said. “The work ethic is a lot better this year, and I think our freshman have a lot to do with that.”
“We have a lot of experience returning, which is good,” head coach Armando Quiroz said. “I like the balance that we have. Our defense is always better than our offense when the season starts, but we are working on balancing that out.”
The eight returning players are getting looks from four-year colleges, including All-American outfielder Cynthia Pelayo.
The other seven returning Aztecs are Aubre Carpenter, Alejandra Ortiz, Medina, Gemma Contreras, Shawna Comeaux, Ambar Urias-Calvillo and Yvette Alvarez.
Pima will start its season Jan. 25 in Henderson, Nev. PCC’s first home game will be against Scottsdale Community College on Jan. 29 at West Campus. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.