SOFTBALL: Coach earns 400th Pima win as Aztecs spark 9-1 streak

By JASON WEIR

The Pima Community College softball team (28-9, 16-6 in ACCAC) lost two games against Yavapai College on March 22.

The Aztecs lost 2-0 in the first game with only three hits from freshman Margarita Corona and sophomores Christine Olivas and Kalynn Martinez.

Pima contested Yavapai’s lead in the second game, closing in with a 9-7 deficit in the fifth inning, but gave up three runs in the sixth leading to a final score of 13-7.

The Aztecs had gone 9-1 since March 10 and head coach Armando Quiroz passed a milestone by winning 400 games at Pima.

“I am happy where we currently are as a team but by no means satisfied,” Quiroz said. “We really let one get away from us last week.”

Quiroz earned his 407th win on March 19.

“My thoughts go to all the talented and wonderful ladies that have come through this program,” Quiroz said. “Nothing would be possible without their sacrifices and commitments.”

The Aztecs earned a run-rule victory in the first game, 10-2, after a five-run fifth inning.

In the second game, Pima fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but responded with seven runs in the bottom half.

Freshman Bailey Critchlow had a good day at the plate, with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.

Freshman Luisa Silvain received the save after holding the Artichokes hitless for an inning and a third.

Pima doubled up against North Iowa on March 17, winning both games.

Down 2-0 in the first game, the Aztecs rallied for four runs in the sixth and won 4-2. Silvain pitched a complete game.

Pima earned a run-rule win in the second game, 13-0. The first seven Aztec batters reached base in a six-run first inning. Sophomore Odalis Orduno pitched a complete game.

Pima split its March 15 conference doubleheader against Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The Aztecs won the first game 9-1 with three multiple-run innings.

The Aztecs rallied in the second game from a four-run deficit to tie the game 4-4 in the sixth inning. The Coyotes scored a run in the sixth and won 5-4.

Pima won its four games at the Deanna Mauer Softball Classic. The two-day invitational took place March 11-12 in Casa Grande.

PCC began the with a 7-3 win over Howard College Bison. The Aztecs down 2-0 in the fifth inning when freshman Gabriela Trejo’s two-run homer tied the game. Pima scored one more run in the inning, then added four more runs in the sixth. Critchlow pitched a complete game win.

The Aztecs shut out El Paso Community College in the second game, 11-0. Pima freshmen Gabriella Gorosave and Courtney Brown each hit three-run homers in the third inning.

That game gave Quiroz his 400th win at Pima.

Pima beat Midland College Chaparrals 10-3 in the third game. The Aztecs trailing 3-0 scored six runs in the third inning. Critchlow pitched her second complete game in as many days.

PCC closed out the classic with another 11-0 run-rule victory.


 

ON DECK

March 26: Mesa CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
March 29: Glendale CC, West Campus, doubleheader,
1 p.m., 3 p.m.
April 2: @ South Mountain CC, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
April 5: Phoenix College, West Campus, doubleheader,
1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Freshman Bailey Critchlow enters the windup to deliver a pitch for the Aztecs. Photo courtesy PCC Athletics

Freshman Bailey Critchlow enters the windup to deliver a pitch for the Aztecs.
Photo courtesy PCC Athletics

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