By CALEB FOSTER
The Pima Community College baseball team (24-25, 17-21 in ACCAC) has been on a slippery slope dropping 11 of their last 14 games. The Aztecs have found themselves fighting for the No. 4 spot one game behind Scottsdale Community College.
The Aztecs finally got a win as they split at Glendale Community College on April 1.
The Aztecs won the first game 7-1 with the help of freshman Ryan Ramsower who went 4 for 4 with six RBIs.
Freshman Daniel Tolano (3-3) thew seven strikeouts in the win giving up only one run.
Pima was unable to catch up in the second game as the fell 9-7.
Down 8-1 in the eighth sophomore Ruben Bracamontes hit a three-run homer to try and get the ball rolling for Pima.
Sophomore Trey Stine hit a RBI in the ninth but that was it for Pima as the next three batters struck out ending the game.
Freshman Justin Hammergren (4-4) took the loss pitching five innings and throwing three strikeouts and three walks.
The Aztecs gave up both games on the road during their doubleheader against Phoenix College on April 18th.
The first game ended in a 3-1 loss with the only run coming from a solo home run by Freshman Vinnie Tarantola.
Sophomore Chris Kucko (4-7) threw six innings with three strikeouts and two walks giving up three runs in the loss.
The second game was much more offense oriented as Pima’s rally late in the game but ultimately lost 11-9.
Tarantola helped to try and rally the Aztecs with a grand slam in the seventh. Tarantola went 1 for 2 with four RBIs. Freshman Al Cruz ended the game 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Sophomore Roy Aguirre (5-3) pitched the loss giving up nine run and throwing four strikeouts and four walks.
The Aztecs dropped their last home doubleheader of the regular season against Paradise Valley Community College on April 14.
Up early in the game the Aztecs let it slip away in the eighth to lose 5-4. Sophomore Trevor Johnson hit an early solo home run finishing the game 1 for 3.
Stine went 2 for 4 hitting an RBI single in the third.
Tolano threw five innings giving up three runs and producing five strikeouts. Kucko (4-6) closed out the game for the Aztecs taking the loss without a strikeout.
The second game slipped away from the Aztecs early on and kept sliding as the fell to Paradise Valley 14-1.
Johnson went 1 for 2 hitting Pima’s only RBI of the game. Sophomore Jaquese Moore finished 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Tarantola (4-4) gave up six runs on seven hits producing two strikeouts and two walks.
The Aztecs broke a six-game losing streak with a sweep at No. 3 Mesa Community College on April 11. Pima has won three of the four games they have played against Mesa.
The Aztecs took the first game with a 9-5 victory propelled by a strong fourth inning that produced seven runs.
Stine hit a solo home run in the fourth followed by a two run RBI single later in the game. Stine finished the game 3 for 3 with a run scored and four RBIs.
Hammergren (4-3) pitched five innings and grabbed the win for the Aztecs with five strikeouts and four walks.
Kucko closed out the game pitching the last one and one-third inning throwing one strikeout and one walk.
In the Aztecs’ second game they came back from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-4.
Down by three in the seventh Bracamontes hit a groundout RBI to get the Aztecs on track. Bracamontes finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
In the eighth Cruz hit a two-run RBI single to level the score followed Bracamontes RBI single to put Pima ahead.
Moore finished the inning with a RBI double to take the victory.
Tarantola (4-3) threw three and two-thirds innings giving up one run and throwing one strikeout and one walk.
Kucko finished his second game of the day earning the save as he pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and producing one strikeout.
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