SOFTBALL- Pima finishes second in region tourney

By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ

The Pima Community College softball team (46-14) closed out its 2015 season on May 2 at Phoenix College.

The Aztecs fought hard in three games against Phoenix College but didn’t finish victorious.

Pima could not stop the Phoenix College offense in their 11-1 loss.

Sophomore Keona Hunter hit a triple in the previous at-bat.

Sophomore Alexis Alfonso finished the season with a 27-7 record.

In the second game, the Aztecs struck first but could not finish in the later innings.

Freshman Araceli Peralta scored a run off an error in the first inning and Alfonso had a solo home run in to give Pima the lead.

Alfonso went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Frehsman Kalynn Martinez was 1 for 2.

The Aztecs didn’t close the game out with the win.

Pima moved into the championship round after shutting out Phoenix College 7-0.

Alfonso pitched a complete-game giving up five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

In the 4th inning Olivas hit an RBI double to score Fabing.

Sophomore Brianna Quiroz followed with a sacrifice-fly RBI to plate Alfonso.

Sophmore Jackie Hernandez and Fabing had back-to-back RBI hits to make it 4-0.

This was Pima’s first year playing in Division II. They went from 29-30 in 2014 to 46-14 in 2015.

Pima softball team played the first day of the Region I, Division II Tournament at Phoenix College May 1.

Peralta led off the inning with a single.Hernandez hit an RBI double to plate.

Alfonso’s three-run blast to right field won the game.

Pima responded when Fabing hit a three-run homer to tie the game. After Fabing’s homer Pima was up 8-3.

Alfonso went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Hernandez was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored while Martinez was 3 for 5 with two runs.

Freshman Odalis Orduno went five innings giving up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Aztecs took a split against Arizona Western College at home April 25.

The Aztecs didn’t start well offensively as they lost the first game 6-1.

Fabing began the second inning and later scored on a double-play ball hit by freshman Sierra Cuestas to put Pima up.

Fabing was 1 for 1 with a run scored and two walks. Martinez went 1 for 3 with two doubles.

Alfonso pitched four innings giving up six runs on four hits with four walks.

Freshman Alexis Ayala threw the final two innings giving up one hit with one strikeout.

The Aztecs defeated Arizona Western in the second game 15-7 in six innings.

The Aztecs came right back with one run in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead.

In the fifth inning, sophomore Alyssa Montoya plated pinch runner freshman Morgan Engelhardt on a bunt single RBI.

Sophomore Keona Hunter and Hernandez hit back-to-back RBI singles to put Pima up 8-7.

Fabing’s grand slam would make it 12-7. Martinez went 5 for 5 with four runs scored and an RBI.

Hunter finished 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Sophomore Ariana Murrieta hit a two-run RBI single in the 3rd inning and finished 2 for 4.

Hernandez was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Montoya went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Ayala pitched two and one-third innings giving up three runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk.

The Aztecs lost at Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday.

Alfonso got the win after giving up one run on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Pima won the first game 7-1.

Alfonso and Freshman Araceli Peralta each had RBI singles in the inning.

Peralta finished 2 for 4 with an RBI while Alfonso went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Freshman Christine Olivas contributed with RBIs and runs scored.

In the second game the Aztecs won with a blowout. Fabing hit a grand slam in the 4th inning.

Quiroz hit a two-run RBI single in the inning.

Ayala finished 2 for 2 with two RBIs while teammate Hernandez went 3 for 4 with an RBI, a run scored and a triple.

Ayala pitched four innings giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts.

Orduno closed out the final inning and got three outs on four pitches.

Pima went from 29-30 in 2014 to 46-15.Peralta said, “All the 5:30 a.m. workouts to the long practices and the nights of team bonding were the best times of my life.”

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Sophomores on the PCC softball team gather for a photo on their last home game. (Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics)

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