Baseball swings into action

By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima Community College’s baseball team (12-12, 10-8 in ACCAC) is looking to improve from their .500 record after the first 14 games of the season.

With a pretty inconsistent first 14 games under their belt, Pima will be trying to avoid splitting series and instead try to sweep some opponents.

Pima is hosting five non-conference games in five days for the Spring Tournament from March 10 to 14.

On March 10, Pima’s first game for the Spring Tournament didn’t go their way. PCC lost to Cochise College 8-2.

Sophomore Ryan Norrix started and pitched four scoreless innings untill giving up two runs up in the fifth. Tolano would come in for relief, but instead took the loss, putting his record at 0-2 for the year.

On March 7, the Aztecs played Yavapai College in conference play. Pima split its two games with Yavapai, making it three split series in a row.

In the first game, Pima lost 4-2.  The game was close up until the fifth, when Yavapai broke the tie with a two run inning to take the lead 3-2, then sealed the game with another run in the sixth.

Freshmen Justin Hammergren would pitch six innings and take the loss. Hammergren got his first loss of the year, putting him at 1-1 for the year.

In the second game, Pima won a high-scoring game, 13-9.

Freshmen Vinnie Tarantola got the win, putting him at 3-1 for season. Sophomore Marcel Renteria got the save.

On March 3, Pima faced off with GateWay Community College for a second time this season. Just like the first time they met, they would split the series.

Pima lost the first game to GateWay, 6-3. The Aztecs left the plenty of points on the table, as they had bases loaded in the fourth but couldn’t capitalize.

GateWay would score two more in the fifth and put Pima away for good.

The second game was a tight one. Pima won 7-6, as the game came down to the final out.

Pima gave up three runs in the ninth before putting GateWay away for good.

Hammergren came in for relief duty and closed out the game with a game-winning strikeout. Sophomore Chris Kucko got the win. The win is Kucko’s second of the year, putting him at 2-3 for the year.

On Feb. 28, Pima hosted Glendale Community College. Pima and Glendale split the series.

The Aztecs dropped the first game to Glendale 10-8 in ten innings.

Freshmen Daniel Tolano took the loss, his first of the season, putting him at 0-1 for the year.

The loss snapped Pima’s two game sweep streak and thier four game winning streak.

The second game, the Aztecs would need to rally once more, this time coming up with the victory, beating Glendale 7-5.

PCC was down 5-3 going into the fifth and just like the previous two times that game, Pima would score three runs to rally back.

Tarantola would pick up the win after pitching five. Renteria gets the save after shutting out Glendale in the final two innings.

On Feb. 24, Pima would take on Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Pima would get the sweep against CGCC. The sweep against CGCC makes it back-to-back sweeps for Pima.

In the first game Pima would have to hold on to the win as Pima won 2-1. In the fourth Pima was down 1-0 until Estella hit an RBI single and then scored a run, putting Pima up 2-1.

Sophomore Roy Aguirre would pitch a complete game. The win was Aguirre’s fourth of the year, but his first as a starter. Aguirre is 4-0 for the year.

In the second game Pima stopped a rally from CGCC and won 5-4. It all started in the third inning as Sophomore Devin Harrison lead off the inning and hit a solo home run.

Pima put up three more runs that innings going up 4-0. Harrison would homer again in the fourth, giving the Aztecs a 5-0 lead.

CGCC chipped away at Pima’s lead, but Pima held on in the ninth.

Kucko got the win after pitching five scoreless innings. The win is Kucko first of the year after starting 0-3. Tolano got the save for Pima.

The Aztecs continue playing in the Spring Tournament at West Campus through March 14.

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Sophomore Brandon Burke digs for a pitch in a home game against GateWay Community College on March 3. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)

 

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