By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College softball team (41-11, 34-10 in ACCAC) looks to wrap up its season in contention against Phoenix College for the No. 1 spot going into the postseason.
The Aztecs lost on the road against Eastern Arizona College on April 21.
The first loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Aztecs and put an end to sophomore pitcher Alexis Alfonso’s 10 straight wins on the mound.
Alfonso was named ACCAC Division II Co-Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 13-19. She has been selected three times this season.
The Aztecs fell behind and rallied in the 6th inning but came up short in their 6-3 loss in the first game.
Down 4-1 in the 6th, the Aztecs cut into the lead when Alfonso hit a solo home run.
Later, sophomore Keona Hunter hit an RBI triple to cut it to 4-3.
Alfonso (25-4) suffered her first loss since Mar. 28 as she pitched six innings giving up six runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.
The Aztecs took an early lead but Eastern Arizona came back to win 10-2.
Freshmen Araceli Peralta and Kalynn Martinez scored the runs for Pima in the 3rd inning, both on errors.
Freshman Alexis Ayala suffered her first loss on the mound (3-1) as she pitched six innings giving up 10 runs with one strikeout and two walks.
Pima dominated in two very different games against Central Arizona College April 18 at the West Campus.
Alfonso threw a shutout for her 24th win of the season in Pima’s 8-0 win in six innings.
Freshman Sierra Cuestas went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Sophomore Taylor Fabing was 2 for 5 with four runs scored and an RBI.
The Aztecs dominated in the second game as they beat Central Arizona 13-5 in six innings.
Central Arizona got to Alfonso in the 1st inning as they took a 4-0 lead. Pima responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Sophomore Brianna Quiroz led off the 2nd inning with a solo home run.
With the Aztecs up 8-5 in the 4th, Ayala hit a two-run RBI single which was followed by freshman Christine Olivas’ RBI single to make it 10-5.
Alfonso went 3 for 3 with four RBIs while Martinez finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Pima won both games April 14 against El Paso Community College at the West Campus.
Alfonso threw a complete-game shutout in Pima’s 5-0 win in the first game. She gave up six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Alfonso did work at the plate as well as she hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning.
Ayala, Hunter and freshman Araceli Peralta each scored a run in the inning. Martinez and Alfonso each went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Aztecs got a boost from freshman Morgan Engelhardt in the 6th inning as they won the second game 5-3.
Down 3-2 in the 6th, Engelhardt hit a two-run RBI single to give Pima the lead for good.
Martinez followed with an RBI single of her own to drive in Engelhardt, who finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Ayala threw a complete-game giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Pima gained another conference sweep on April 11 at Paradise Valley Community College.
The Aztecs fell behind early and rallied in the sixth inning to win the first game 4-2
Alfonso hit an RBI single to cut the lead in half.
Ayala followed with a three-run home run to give the Aztecs the lead for good.
Alfonso gave up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
In their second game the Aztecs fell behind but rallied once again to win the 3-1.
Ayala hit a single and later scored on an error to tie the game. In the fifth inning, Hernandez hit a double and scored on sophomore Fabing’s RBI double.
Freshman Odalis Orduno pitched four innings giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Alfonso came in and picked up the save as she pitched the final three innings with no hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
The Aztecs earned a sweep at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 4.
In the first game the Aztecs scored two runs in the top of the 7th but had to hold off a rally in their 9-6 win.
Ayala hit an RBI single in the 2nd inning to put Pima on the board.
Cuestas hit a two-run RBI double in the 3rd inning as she finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a run scored and two doubles.
Hernandez went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored while Olivas finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Pitcher Alfonso gave up six runs while pitching three strikeouts and three walks.
The Aztecs scored four runs in the 4th inning and went on to win the second game 9-3.
Fabing hit RBI triples in each the 1st and 3rd innings and also hit an RBI double in the 4th.
Hernandez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Cuestas went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a triple.
Orduno gave up three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
April 23: @ Central Arizona College, Coolidge, 1 p.m.
April 25: Arizona Western College, West Campus, noon.
May 1-2: NJCAA Region 1 Tournament, TBA, TBA.
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