BASEBALL: Aztecs avoiding series sweeps

By STEVEN FOWLER

The Pima Community College’s baseball team (24-16, 12-14 in ACCAC) returned to West Campus on April 2, where they hosted a doubleheader against the Cochise College Apaches.

Like they have in their two previous doubleheader series, Pima split the doubleheader matchup.

In game one, the Aztecs lost 7-2 after a rough first two innings allowing six runs.

Freshman Andrew Hackman (6-1) received his first loss of the season after three and two-third innings on the mound.

In the second game, Pima and Cochise were tied 1-1 in the seventh but the Aztecs scored three go-ahead runs.

Freshmen Myles Moran and Oscar Larranga each hit RBI singles. Freshman Miguel Figueroa picked up the win after pitching seven innings of two-run ball.

PCC traveled to Eastern Arizona College on March 29 where they split a doubleheader matchup in what were high scoring affairs.

In the first game, Pima lost 15-10. After holding on to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The Gila Monsters scored seven runs in the third, and eight total in the fifth and sixth inning.

However, Eastern Arizona was too much and Pima failed to come back. In five innings, sophomore

Daniel Tolano allowed an eye-popping 12 runs on nine hits and nine walks.

In the second game, the Aztecs avoided a sweep by winning 12-7. Pima struck in the fourth as they plated eight runs.

Sophomore Ryan Ramsower and freshman Manny Ramirez each hit two-run homers. Freshman Ernesto Romero (4-1) earned the win after pitching six and one-third innings.

The Aztecs hosted a doubleheader match up against South Mountain Community College on March 26.

In the first game, Pima’s bats erupted early to earn a 12-2 in a five inning mercy rule game.

Pima made its presence felt in the third inning with five runs scored.

Sophomore Al Cruz crushed two-run home runs in two at-bats, including one in the fourth.

Sophomore Jacob Northrup added to the hit parade as he also hit a towering two-run bomb.

After throwing a complete game, Hackman allowed two runs on four hits.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Pima dropped a sour one as they allowed 10 runs in a 10-4 loss.

Holding a 2-2 tie entering the eighth inning, South Mountain blew the game wide as they managed to plate eight runs  in the eighth inning.

While failing to make any sort of come back, the Aztecs scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Figueroa allowed three runs on five hits and three walks.

On March 25, Pima added to their win total with yet another shutout, a 10-0 mercy rule-win, this time against Monroe Community College of New York.

Freshman Jacob Roberson earned his first win of his Aztecs’ career after an electrifying three-hit shutout across five innings. Sophomore David Oropeza continued with a two-run single.

Ramsower contributed with an additional hit, a two-run double. Sophomore Ivan Estrella went 3-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored.

Two days later, PCC was back in action aiming to break a seven-game skid where they went 1-6.

The Aztecs faced the White Rock Tritons of Canada on March 23 at the West Campus.

The Aztecs dominated early and never looked back in a 17-0 win over the Tritons in seven innings.

On the mound, Romero threw a complete-game four-hit shutout and topped that off with an eye-popping eight strikeouts.

Behind Romero, sophomore Fransisco Rodriguez went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored. Ramirez had three hits in four plate appearances, including two doubles and two RBI.

Oropeza contributed to the hit parade as he went 3-for-4.

The Aztecs continue their home stand when rival Arizona Western College comes to the West Campus for a doubleheader at noon on April 9.

Following the series, Pima travels to Arizona Christian University on April 12.

David Oropeza running across home plate after hitting a two-run RBI against Monroe Community College (N.Y.) . (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

David Oropeza running across home plate after hitting a two-run RBI against Monroe Community College (N.Y.) . (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

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