By STEVEN FOWLER
Pima Community College baseball (16-7, 7-7 in ACCAC) split a two-game set on the road against Glendale Community College on March 5.
In game one, the Aztecs were unable to rally after a 6-0 deficit in the fifth and lost 7-3. Freshman Anthony Felix went 1-for-3 and scored on a throwing error while sophomore Marcus Catalano drove in a run on an RBI single.
Freshman Miguel Figueroa (1-3) took the lost after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks.
“Playing good defense behind our great pitching was definitely a strength, giving our offense a chance to be aggressive and score some runs,” sophomore Ivan Estrella said.
In the second game, PCC’s bats exploded for 10 runs in the ninth inning following a 3-3 tie entering the inning.
Sophomore Ryan Ramsower broke the tie with an RBI single, and drove in two runs on a single later in the inning. Freshman Oscar Larranga contributed with an RBI single.
Sophomore Xander Carrillo pitched three shutout innings later in the game. Sophomore Daniel Tolano, who started the game, threw six innings of three-run ball on eight hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
For the first time this season, the Aztecs swept its first ACCAC conference doubleheader matchup at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 1.
In game one, the Aztecs scored four runs, including a solo shot by Felix and a triple by sophomore Ryan Ramsower.
Sophomore Jacob Northrup hit a two-run RBI double that plated Catalano and sophomore Francisco Rodriguez to make it 5-2.
In the fourth inning, Estrella hit a triple and later scored on an RBI sacrifice-fly. Freshman Manny Ramirez hit a leadoff solo homerun to make it 7-2.
Freshman Trevelle Hill lasted six innings allowing three earned runs on six hits. Tolano earned the save despite allowing a run on three hits in the 7-4 win.
In game two, PCC earned a tight 10-7 victory. The Aztecs got off to an early 4-0 lead behind RBI singles by freshman Myles Moran and Ramirez in the third inning. Leading 5-2 in the sixth, Catalano drove in two runs on a double. Along with his RBI, Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
Freshman Andrew Hackman improved to 5-0 on the season despite allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings. Figueroa picked up his third save this season after allowing one run in one and two-third innings pitched.
“As a team, I still feel we are doing good,” sophomore Al Cruz said. “We’ve been hitting well, just haven’t had those timely hits in crucial situations, but I feel those will come.”
PCC dropped both games in a doubleheader against Paradise Valley Community College on Feb. 27.
In the first game, the Aztecs were unable to get their offense rolling. Figueroa allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks in six and one-third innings pitched.
Despite PCC tying the game in the sixth inning, Paradise Valley answered with two go-ahead runs in the seventh. Felix drove in sophomore David Oropeza on a pop-fly for the team’s lone run and the Aztecs lost 3-1.
In game two, PCC’s bats were unable to work their magic. Pima lost 7-2 .
Rodriguez and Ramsower were key contributors as both drove in runs. Tolano took the loss after pitching five innings and allowing five runs on six hits.
“It was a tough day for me on the mound,” Tolano said. “I just didn’t have my off speed. I just tried to locate my fastball but I was a little off.”
PCC traveled March 8 to play a doubleheader against GateWay Community College. The games took place after Aztec Press went to the printer. To view game statistics, visit pimaaztecs.com.
March 12: Yavapai College
doubleheader, West Campus, noon, 2:30 p.m.
March 15: Cochise College,
West Campus, 2 p.m.
March 17: @ South Mountain CC, vs. Seminole State College, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
March 23: White Rock Tritons Baseball Club (Canada), West Campus, 2 p.m.