By CASEY MUSE JR.
The Pima Community College softball team (29-16, 23-13 ACCAC) has seen success with sophomore ace Bailey Critchlow and freshman Mandy Lorenson going on a tear lately, earning five and six wins in a row, respectively.
March 25: PCC 5, Mesa 4/ PCC 5, Mesa 2
The first game was a thriller as Pima trailed for most of the game. Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Aztecs found their offense as sophomore Margarita Corona smacked a two-run RBI double to cut the deficit to one.
Freshman Alyse Talamante brought it home with her game winning walk-off two run RBI single.
Crithlow earned her fifth straight win pitching the entire game and finishing with 12 hits and one strikeout.
The momentum carried into the second game as the Aztecs scored four runs in the first inning and remained in control.
Lorenson got her sixth straight win as she pitched the entire game and finished with four hits, 10 strikeouts and nine walks.
March 28: PCC 1, Yavapai 9/ PCC 2, Yavapai 4
PCC had their 11 game win streak halted by No. 10 Yavapai Community College.
The first game began very close as Pima was able to tie at 1-1 in the third inning. Yavapai dominated from there, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third and another six throughout the final two innings.
Critchlow took the loss, pitching the entire game and finishing with 10 hits and two walks.
The second game remained close, as the Aztecs took an early lead on a home run from Corona in the first inning. The lead didn’t last, as Yavapai scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two more for the rest of the game.
Lorenson took the loss, as she also pitched the complete game and finished with five hits, strikeouts and walks.
April 1: PCC 11, GateWay 2/ PCC 12, GateWay 0
The Aztecs were able to get back on track at home against GateWay CC.
GateWay showed fight in the first contest, tying the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning but Pima dominated, scoring six runs in the fifth and three more to end the game.
Critchlow earned the win, pitching the complete game and finishing with six hits, four strikeouts and two walks.
PCC was dominant in the second game scoring 12 total, for a mercy-rule victory.
Lorenson pitched a no-hitter game. She ended with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Apr. 4 PCC 2 Central Arizona 4/ PCC 4 Central Arizona 12
In the first battle, the Aztecs were able to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on a sacrifice-fly RBI by freshman Edith Prieto.
The defense came up short in the bottom half of the inning however as Central Arizona scored three runs to take the lead and win the game.
Critchlow took the loss as she pitched the complete game and finished with nine hits and one strikeout.
The Aztecs kept things close early in the second game as Sophomore Gabriela Trejo broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run RBI triple in the third. But the defense faltered again as Central Arizona would score 10 more to secure the mercy rule victory.