Baseball team looks to improve

By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima Community College (7-7, 5-5 in ACCAC) is looking to get back on track after a very inconstant to the season.

With a .500 record, Pima hosted Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Feb, 24. For results go to aztecpressonline.com.

Pima would go up to Phoenix square off against Paradise Valley Community College on Feb 21. Pima would earn its first conference sweep, but it would come in consecutive tight games.

Sophomore Trevor Johnson would come up big again this week as he had another game winning hit, as he hit a solo homerun in the top of the 6th. Giving Pima the win 5-4.

Sophomore Marcel Renteria would get the start for Pima, but Sophomore Roy Aguire would pit his third win of season as he closed out the last two innings putting him at 3-0 for the season.

In the second game, Pima would have an even closer call with Paradise Valley. As it would take extras for Pima to put Paradise Valley down. Pima won by a familiar score 5-4 and in 11 innings.

Freshmen Justin Hammergren would start the game pitching five innings. Freshmen Vinnie Tarantola who got his first win of season putting him at 1-1 and sophomore Chris Kucko who would get the save would combine for 6 innings.

In a close game though out, Pima would steal the win after pinch runner freshmen Ryan Ramsower would score off a wild pitch in the top of the 11th. Pima would be forced to string out their bullpen for this game. Having three guys pitch multiple innings.

Pima would square off against Phoenix College on Feb 17, Pima would split games with Phoenix. In game one Pima would win the game dramatic fashion 2-1.

Johnson would hit the game winning run driving in freshmen David Oropesa. Aguire would get the win improving him to 2-0 for the season.

In the second game Phoenix would recover from the heartbreaker and rout Pima 12-1 in eight innings.

Pima couldn’t get it going in the second game, as they only managed four hits in the game and their only point coming in the 7th. Sophomore Ryan Norrix would take his first loss of the season putting him at 1-1 for the season.

Pima would travel up to Mesa face off against Mesa Community College on Feb 14. Pima would split games with Mesa. In the first game Pima would lose a tight one to Mesa losing 1-0, with the only run of the whole game coming in the 4th.

Renteria, who pitched a near flawless game, would drop his first game of the season putting him at 0-1. Renteria would pitch a complete game, with only one earned run on four hits. Renteria didn’t have the run support to match his gem.

In the second game Pima’s nonexistent run support from the first game would come up big with 7. Pima would take the second game 7-4.  Freshmen Al Cruz would come with a nice performance as he had a two RBI game.

Hammergren would pick up his first win of the season putting him at 1-1 for the season. Aguire would get the save after pitching the 9th inning.

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Ivan Estella recoils after being struck by a pitch during a game against Utah State University – Eastern on Feb. 5. Pima went on the win both games in the series. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)

 

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