By RENE ESCOBAR
As the Pima Community College baseball team digs through the opening season schedule they face a 0.028 lower batting average than last year.
The Aztecs have 37 more games till their post season, after the Chandler-Gilbert game.
Feb. 18: PCC 5, Mesa 8
Manny Ramirez home runs as the Aztecs fall to No. 6 Mesa on Feb.18 at West Campus. In the first game, but weather permitted the second from being played and will be made up for a later date.
The Aztecs trailed 5-2 after the top of the third they cut into the deficit after a two-run RBI duble by Sophomore Erick Migueles. But could not capitalize with a runner on second with zero outs.
Feb. 21: PCC 0, Phoenix College 1 / PCC 2, Phoenix College 8
In the first double header of conference play, the Aztecs were swept by Phoenix at Kino Sports Complex.
Migueles started the Aztecs off strong in the second game of the double header with a solo home run.
Kino Sports Complex was the sight of the Tuesday night game “It’s awesome, great experience for the kids.” Assistant coach Ernie Durazo said.
Migueles finished the second game two for five along with a RBI and one scored run.
Sophomore Taylor Ferdinand had a dismal second game giving up five total runs, two of them earned he only pitched three and two thirds innings before being pulled.
He was replaced with sophomore Ernesto Romero, who allowed one earned run.
Feb. 24: PCC 7, Vancouver Island 0 / PCC 7, Vancouver Island 3
Aztecs get back on track posting back-to-back lucky sevens sweeping Vancouver Island University at West Campus.
Pitchers Jonathan Deeble and Andres Hackman combine for a shutout during the first game of the double header against Vancouver.
Migueles got the Aztecs on the board first in the first game with a RBI single. He would finish one for two at the plate.
In the second game the Aztecs were trailing by the third.
An offensive explosion rallied the team to the lead with a five run in the fourth inning to secure the win for the Aztecs.
Feb. 25: PCC 3, Paradise Valley 5 / PCC 3, Paradise Valley 1
Both games were tight contests as the Aztecs saw freshman pitcher Jose Contreras toss five strikeouts in a 3-1 win over Paradise Valley.
Freshman Isaac Lopez continued the pitching dominance earning the save with one strikeout.
In the first game the Aztecs cut the into the lead in the fourth inning, making the score 3-2. But Paradise Valley halted the come back by scoring two runs.
In the second game the Aztecs provided just enough offense to take the lead and pitching kept the lead for the Aztecs.
Sophomore Oscar Larranaga finished the second game with two RBIs going two for four at the plate.
Freshman Marcus Mendez went two for three at the plate with two runs scored.
Migueles finished the game one for four with an RBI along with a solo home run.
Freshman Gage O’Brien pitched for two innings with two strike outs and three walks.
March 4: Glendale CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
March 7: GateWay CC, Kino Memorial Stadium, doubleheader, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. March 11: at Yavapai College, Prescott, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
March 14: Monroe CC, Kino Memorial Stadium, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
March 17: Madison Area Technical College, West Campus, noon
March 21: at Scottsdale CC, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.
March 23: Mexico, Kino Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.