By CALEB FOSTER
The Pima Community College baseball team (24-27, 17-23 in ACCAC) ended its season being swept on the road against Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 25.
The Aztecs found it increasingly difficult at the end of the season to grind out wins as they lost 12 of their last 15 games.
The Aztecs dropped their first game as Chandler-Gilbert rallied late for a 10-8 win.
Down by three in the fourth, sophomore Trey Stine scored sophomore Devin Harrison on a single and freshman Ryan Ramsower scored on an error to bring the Aztecs within one.
Harrison belted a double in the fifth, which scored sophomore Jaquese Moore to tie the game at 7-7.Ivan Estrella followed that up with an RBI single to score Harrison and give Pima the lead.
Pima was unable to put any more runs as Chandler-Gilbert scored three unanswered runs to nab the late-game win.
Freshman Vinnie Tarantola (4-5) pitched two and two-third innings giving up three runs as he produced two strikeouts and three walks.
The Aztecs struck early in the second game but after the first inning they went silent on offense in the 3-2 loss.
Tarantola hit a two-run RBI single in the first inning, allowing Pima to jump out to an early lead. Stine and Ramsower scored on the play.
After the first inning, Pima’s offense became nonexistent. They finished the game with only two more hits.
Chandler-Gilbert scored late in the game, scoring in the seventh and eighth innings.
Sophomore Chris Kucko (5-7) took the loss while pitching a complete game. He gave up three runs and produced six strikeouts and three walks.
Although they missed the postseason Moore a center fielder for the Aztecs gained recognition as a nominee for the ACCAC Division II Golden Glove Award.
Moore, who played in 51 games made only two errors this season. He recorded 124 put-outs and added six assists to his defensive resume.
He was dominant running bases for the Aztecs with a team high 18 steals. Moore finished the season with a .338 batting average, producing 16 RBIs for his team.
About the Author: