By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College baseball team (12-3, 3-3 in ACCAC) has gone 3-3 since Feb. 9 and remains toward the top of the standings in community college play behind (15-0) Central Arizona College and (14-2) Mesa Community College.
“We like to take the positive and build on that,” sophomore Al Cruz said. “We definitely have the bats and pitching to get the job done.”
A Feb. 23 doubleheader at Phoenix College took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
On Feb. 9, the streaking Aztecs ball club, backed by its offense, beat the University of Arizona Club team 11-1 at the West Campus.
Freshman pitcher Trevelle Hill earned his second win of the season after throwing five innings of shutout ball. Freshman Jake Robertson closed out the 8th and final inning to beat UA.
Cruz finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI while fellow sophomore Marcus Catalano drove in three additional runs.
In a doubleheader on Feb. 13 against Scottsdale Community College, the Aztecs won their 10th consecutive game 3-0 behind a four-hit complete-game shutout by sophomore pitcher Daniel Tolano. He was named ACCAC Division II Pitcher of the Week.
In the second game, however, the Aztecs’ pitching was bombarded by Scottsdale’s bats and Pima lost 11-1. Freshman pitcher Ernesto Romero received the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
PCC split a heavily contested doubleheader against GateWay Community College on Feb. 16.
In the first game, sophomore Jacob Northrup hit a leadoff single, which began a short rally that would eventually put the Aztecs up 2-1 in the third inning. The Aztecs blew the lead after a two-run double by the Geckos in the fourth inning.
In the second game, the Aztecs mercy-ruled GateWay. Pima’s offense exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning. Catalano went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
“I was glad to come through with that two-out bases-clearing double,” Catalano said. “I think that opened the game up and helped everyone loosen up and just have fun.”
Sophomore Ivan Estrella had two hits. Freshman Hunter Green pitched a seven-inning complete game for his third win of the season.
“I was seeing the ball well all day,” Estrella said. “We knew we were facing two lefties in both games, so during batting practice we hit off of a left hander to get dialed in.”
Pima split the doubleheader against No. 10 Mesa Community College on Feb. 20.
In the first game, freshman Miguel Figueroa received the loss after replacing Tolano. Estrella drove in two runs while Green went 2-for-3 with a run.
After trailing 6-0 through four innings in the second game, the Aztecs rallied for five runs in the fifth inning and later padded their lead with four runs in the ninth.
Freshman Anthony Felix went 2-for-4 with three RBI while sophomore Ryan Ramsower hit a two-run blast in the fifth inning.
“We responded in the second game after being down by six, and that really showed how we never give up and we just rallied to come back and win,” Cruz said.
Feb. 27: Paradise Valley CC doubleheader, West Campus, noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 1: doubleheader @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 5: doubleheader @ Glendale CC,
noon and 2:30 p.m.
March 8: doubleheader @ GateWay CC,
noon and 2:30 p.m.