By Kyle McDaniel
The Aztecs’ blistering offense continues to torch opposing teams as they win seven of their last eight games.
March 3 (H) Game 1: PCC 4, Phoenix College 6, Game 2: PCC 10, Phoenix College 9
Pima split the series with No. 3 Phoenix College over the weekend.
In the first game the Aztecs were losing 4-0 in the 4th inning when two Freshman Paige Adair and Mya Cabral had back to back RBI hits to cut the lead in half.
Fast forward to the 6th inning with the Aztecs now losing 6-2. Sophomore Edith Prieto got the inning going with a solo shot to again cut the lead in half. Pima then loaded the bases, but had 2 outs in the inning. Thus the only damage they could do was an RBI single by Sarrah Jones.
Sophomore Megan Flores and Edith Prieto went a combined 4 for 8 with an RBI and 3 runs scored.
Losing just her second game of the year was Adair who gave up 6 earned runs on 12 hits while striking out 4 in the 7 innings.
The Aztecs dug themselves a massive hole early on as Phoenix put up 8 runs in the first inning. Slowly but surely Pima battled back to cut the lead to 9-6 in the bottom of the seventh. Now with 2 on and 1 out sophomore Alyssa Smith stepped up to the plate and put a ball into orbit.
The game was headed to extras which didn’t last long as freshman Maria Vanezza-Caldera hit the game winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Freshman Alese Casper went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. She also would take the win as she tossed a complete game giving up 9 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts.
Feb. 27 (H) Game 1: PCC 11, Chandler-Gilbert CC 1 (F/5), Game 2: PCC 16, Chandler-Gilbert CC 8 (F/5)
The Aztecs completed their second straight ACCAC conference sweep with back to back wins over Scottsdale then Chandler- Gilbert. In the series against Chandler-Gilbert, Pima earned 2 mercy rule wins, by scoring a combined 27 runs while allowing 9.
Before the Coyotes knew what hit them they were losing 9-0 after 2 innings in game one. Even though she won ACCAC Division II player of the week Alyse Talamante wasn’t satisfied as she launched a 3 run missile. Not to be outdone, her teammate sophomore Sierra Gentry joined the party smashing a 2 run RBI double followed by a 3 run home run of her own.
Gentry finished the game 2 for 3 with a home run and 5 RBI. Going 2 for 2 with an RBI and 2 runs scored was Megan Flores.
Game two was a different story yet ended the same, in this game instead of a barrage of runs in 2 quick innings, the Aztecs scored runs in every inning. Gentry hit her second 3 run homer of the day with a blast in the first inning.
Alizea Durazo-Corday came to the plate in the bottom of the 4th inning with runners on. She would bring both runners across with a single to give the lead back to Pima, who wouldn’t look back from there.
Mya Cabral went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored, including the game ending mercy rule run on an error.
Picking up wins in both games was Paige Adair who pitched 6 ⅓ innings, allowing two earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 9.
Feb. 24 (A) Game 1: PCC 11, Scottsdale CC 0 (F/5), Game 2: PCC 11, Scottsdale CC 3
After sweeping the two games against the Artichokes, the Aztecs are now 7-5 in ACCAC play on the season. In the two games Pima outscored Scottsdale 22-3 in an offensive explosion. Alyse Talamante was the main conductor on offense as she went a combined 4 for 6 with 7 RBIs.
In the 1st inning of game 1 the Aztecs scored 10 runs, which meant the mercy rule was in play. Multiple players had RBI hits in the inning, including an RBI triple from sophomore MaryAlys Julian.
With Pima losing 2-0 in the top of the 4th inning, Talamante stepped up to the plate and hammered a 2 run bomb to tie the game. With the game still even in the 6th inning Adair smacked a line drive single to score 2 runs, which was followed by Freshman Mackenzie Judge’s RBI single.
The next inning had a familiar ring to it, as Talamante put two more RBI across and finishing the afternoon 2 for 3 with 4 RBI. Then Judge hit a 2 run double to finish 2 for 3 with 3 RBI.
Improving to 13-1 on the mound was Adair as she threw a 3 run (1 earned), 6 hit, 10 strikeout complete game.
Feb. 20 (H) Game 1: PCC 7, Eastern Arizona College 6, Game 2: PCC 5, Eastern Arizona 13 (F/5)
After the last two ACCAC conference games were canceled, Pima Community College resumed play against Eastern Arizona, were they would split the series, each taking 1 game.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Gila Monsters thought they had the victory, as they held a 6-2 lead, but the Aztecs had other ideas. Paige Adair hit an RBI sacrifice fly to start the comeback. Sophomore Chandler Arviso and Alese Casper followed that with back-to-back RBI singles. With a chance to win the game, up stepped Megan Flores, who would do just that with an RBI single.
Even though Adair didn’t pitch her best game of the season, she still got the win to improve to 11-1 on the season. She gave up 6 runs, 5 of which were earned on 12 hits while striking out 3.
Flores went 3 for 5 in the game with 2 RBIs while scoring a run, and Arviso went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
The Aztecs came out flying in Game 2, with bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Alyse Talamante stepped up to the plate and crushed a home run to center field. However the Gila Monsters weren’t going to roll over that easy.
In the top of the 5th inning Eastern Arizona would score 12 of their 13 runs to take control of the game. Pima had no answer in the bottom of the inning and the game ended with the Aztecs taking the loss.
Talamante finished 1 for 3 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Alese Casper went 2 for 2 with a run scored, but she also took the loss on the mound. She pitched 4 ⅔ innings, allowing 6 earned runs on 7 hits, while striking out 1.