By RENE ESCOBAR
The Aztecs struggle as they go on a 1-5 over a six game stretch dropping them into 15-17 overall on the season.
Head coach Rich Alday has optimism for the team, saying “we have to focus on the ball.” The Aztecs have had struggles at the plate.
March 24. Game 1 PCC 4, South Mountain 18
The Pima Community College Aztecs were swept by the No. 15 team in the country to knock the Aztecs below .500.
The Aztecs were outmatched against No. 15 South Mountain, as they scored 10 runs in the first inning to begin the bombardment on home diamond.
The Aztecs scored on a RBI double hit by Jesus Solis, and on a RBI triple knocked into play by freshman Fabian Ferreira.
Game 2: PCC 4, South Mountain 9
The Aztecs showed their fight but were overpowered in the later innings of the second game of the double header against South Mountain.
The Aztecs came out swinging for the fences as freshman Enrique Porchas hit a leadoff home run in the third, to go up 2-1.
In the sixth inning freshman Andrew Hackman hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-4. That would be as close as the Aztecs would get.
Freshman Michael Wong would pitch four and two-third innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits.
March 20. Game 1: PCC 10, Scottsdale 8 (8 Innings)
The Aztecs snapped a four-game losing streak with a two-run bomb from Sophomore Matthew Hackman in the bottom of the eighth at home.
Down 8-5 in the fifth, the Aztecs offense returned to form scoring three runs in the fifth to tie the game at eight.
Freshman Enrique Porchas and sophomore Logan Klunder went 3 for 5 with Porchas brining in three RBIs, Klunder with two RBIs. Hackman’s only hit was the home run that propelled the Aztecs to the win.
March 20. Game 2 PCC 6, Scottsdale 9
The Aztecs couldn’t recover in the second of the doubleheader as Scottsdale went up big winning 7-0 in the third.
The Aztecs couldn’t cut the lead any smaller than three as they were one-upped the entire game.
Sophomore Marcus Mendez finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Porchas went 2 for 3.
March 10. Game 1: PCC 2, Yavapai College 4
The Aztecs returned home from a grueling road trip after being away since Feb 27.
The Aztecs’ homecoming was spoiled by the visiting Yavapai College Roughriders as they swept the Aztecs in a two-game series on March 10.
The Aztecs’ offense continues to struggle in the opening game of their series and scored two or less runs for the fifth series opening game in a row.
Freshman Michael Wong started the game pitching five innings. He allowed 3 earned runs, 3 hits and 8 strikeouts.
Game 2: PCC 5, Yavapai College 7
The Aztecs rally fell short once again as Yavapai pushed a big 7-0 lead after the sixth inning.
The bats came alive in the seventh and eighth innings as the Aztecs loaded the bases in each inning, with zero outs. In the seventh, sophomore Logan Klunder started the rally with an RBI single. After a wild pitch, the Aztecs got three on the board to start the comeback.
In the eighth, the Aztecs got two more on the board thanks to a RBI single from freshman Javier Nava, who finished 2 for 4 with an RBI.