By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College softball team (34-19, 28-16 ACCAC) managed to scrape together some key wins during the back half of the regular season. The bullpen has remained consistent all season and the bats are finding their stoke at the right time of year.
April 8: PCC 14, EAC 6/ PCC 1, EAC 9
The Aztecs split a conference doubleheader on the road against Eastern Arizona.
Everything was going Pima’s way in the first game. The game remained close at the beginning but the Aztecs broke it open in the third, scoring eight runs.
Freshman Mandy Lorenson earned her 10th win of the season finishing with six hits, three strikeouts and six walks.
Things did not go as smoothly in the second game.
Pima maintained a 1-0 lead for much of the game but Eastern Arizona found their offense late. The Gila Monsters got on the board with two runs in the fifth inning and another seven in the sixth to close the game out.
The Aztecs managed only four hits of their own. Sophomore Luisa Silvain took the loss in the game as she pitched five innings and finished with 11 hits and five walks.
April 11: PCC 10, Scottsdale 0/ PCC, 6 Scottsdale 3
Pima was back to solid play during a road sweep of conference opponent Scottsdale.
The Aztecs were extremely dominant in the first game, scoring four runs in the first inning. The defense did their job, shutting down the Artichokes for the games entirety. Another six runs in the sixth inning forced the mercy rule win for Pima.
Sophomore Gabriella Gorosave slammed a three-run home run that put it away in the sixth.
Lorenson earned the win as she pitched the complete game and finished with no hits, five strikeouts and four walks. The result was her fourth no-hitter of the season.
The second game started closer, as Scottsdale broke out to a 3-1 lead by the second inning. The lead stuck until sophomore Margarita Corona tied things up with an RBI single in the seventh. Gorosave knocked home a tworun home run in extra innings to seal the game.
Lorenson picked up another win as she pitched in relief for six innings and finished with three hits, 10 strikeouts and one walk.
April 15: PCC 4, Chandler-Gilbert 0/ PCC 7 Chandler-Gilbert 5
In the first game Pima broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning on an RBI triple from sophomore Mari Ruiz to clear the loaded bases.
Sophomore Bailey Critchlow earned the shutout win as she pitched the complete game and finished with four hits, four strikeouts and no walks.
The Aztecs had to rally in the second game as they fell behind 3-0 in the first inning.
PCC responded in the bottom half of the first inning to tie things at 3-3. Chandler-Gilbert would lead once again at 5-3 before the Aztecs secured the lead for good with three runs in the fourth led by an RBI double by sophomore Courtney Brown.
Silvain earned the win in relief and finishing with four hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
April 18: PCC 13, Phoenix College 22/ PCC 5, Phoenix College 7
Pima had a slow start to the first game as the Bears held the Aztecs scoreless for the first three innings in route to a 12-0 lead.
The Aztecs would get on the board in the fourth inning and rally a total of seven runs. Another three runs in the fifth got the Aztecs as close as they would get before the Bears scored nine more runs of their own in the seventh inning to put the game away.
Critchlow took the loss as she pitched three innings and finished with eight hits and two strikeouts.
The Aztecs would put up another rally attempt in the second game as Phoenix College hopped out to an early 4-0 lead.
Critchlow hit an RBI single to score fellow sophomore Courtney Brown in the third inning to put Pima on the board.
The Bears ended the Aztecs comeback hopes with three runs in the fifth inning.
Lorenson took the loss as she pitched the complete game and finished with seven hits, eight strikeouts and seven walks.
April 25: at Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix AZ, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
April 29: South Mountain CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2 p.m.
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