Trio of pitchers gets job done for Aztecs

By KYLE MCDANIEL

March 24 (A) Game 1: PCC 11, Mesa Community College 8 (F/9), Game 2: PCC 15, Mesa Community College 6 (F/6)

The Aztecs finished with three wins and one loss in the season series with the Thunderbirds.

Heading into the last inning down by 1 run, sophomore Megan Flores came to the plate and tied the game with an RBI single.

In extra innings Flores again took care of business by belting a 3-run homer to extend the lead 8-4. Freshman Maria Vanezza-Caldera demolished a 2-run homer in the ninth.

Freshman Paige Adair got the win after she pitched all nine innings. She gave up 6 earned runs on 10 hits and struck out 6.

In the second game of the day, both teams were tied at 2 when freshman Mya Cabral hit an RBI double. It was shortly followed by Caldera’s bases clearing double, to extend the lead 6-2.

Flores finished the game 3 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBIs while Caldera went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs.

Throwing 3 1/3 innings and getting the win was sophomore Sierra Gentry. She gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits, with 1 strikeout.

March 22 (A) Game 1: PCC 1, Central Arizona College 4, Game 2: PCC 11, Central Arizona College 2 (F/5)

Pima split the series in Coolidge against Central Arizona College.

The Vaqueros took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and didn’t let the Aztecs back into the game.

Freshman Alizea Durazo-Corday scored on the sacrifice fly from freshman Alese Casper.

Adair took the loss, pitching 4 innings allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits, along with 4 strikeouts.

In the second game, Pima would mercy rule Central Arizona by scoring in every inning.

Sophomore Flores went 2 for 3 in the game with 4 RBIs. Corday had 3 RBIs on 2 for 4 at the plate, hitting a home run as well.

 

March 20 (H) Game 1: PCC 16, Glendale CC 10, Game 2: PCC 15, Glendale CC 7 (F/5)

For the second time in the last three series, Pima scored 31 runs.

With Pima losing 10-8 in the fifth, up stepped Caldera who hit a 2-run single to tie it up. Sophomore Alyssa Smith hit the go-ahead RBI single to seal the victory.

Caldera was 3 for 4 on the day with 5 RBIs and sophomore Edith Prieto had a home run in the game and went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Pitching the final 2 2/3 innings and picking up the win was Gentry, who gave up 1 hit.

Helping the Aztecs to a 7-0 first inning lead was freshman Sarrah Jones, who hit a grand slam.

Jones went 2 for 3 in the game with 4 RBIs, while Corday finished 3 for 3.

March 17 (A), Game 1: PCC 3, Arizona Western College 8, Game 2: PCC 0, Arizona Western College 8 (F/5)

The Aztecs were swept by Arizona Western.

Cabral got Pima going with an RBI single in the first inning. The Aztecs tied the game in the third inning when Cabral scored.

Cabral went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, and sophomore Chandler Arviso went 2 for 3.

Durazo-Corday had the only hit for the Aztecs in Game 2, where Pima was mercy ruled.

Gentry took her first loss of the season, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing 5 earned runs on 12 hits.

 

March 15 (H), Game 1: PCC 12, Williston State College 0 (F/5), Game 2: PCC 19, Williston State College 4 (F/5)

The Aztecs rode their offense to back-to-back mercy rule victories.

In the first game, Prieto went 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs. Casper went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and pitched a 3-hit shutout.

It didn’t take long for Pima to get rolling in the second game as they scored 17 runs in the first three innings.

Smith hit home runs in both games and went a combined 4 for 6 with 8 RBIs. Sophomore Vanessa Duarte also hit a home run and finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

March 13 (H), Game 1: PCC 2, South Mountain CC 0, Game 2: PCC 7, South Mountain CC 5

The Aztecs swept the Cougars in a double-header.

Vanezza-Caldera hit an RBI single in the first inning to start.

Again the offense got off to an early start as they brought 3 runs across in the first. Cabral hit a double, which was followed by Caldera’s double that brought 2 runs across.

Vanezza-Caldera went 3 for 4 in the game with 3 RBIs while Edith Prieto went 2 for 2, scoring 2 runs while taking 2 walks.

March 10 (A), Game 1: PCC 0, Paradise Valley CC 8 (F/6), Game 2: PCC 12, PV 4

In the second game they bounced back, hanging 12 runs on the Pumas.

The bats against Paradise woke up in the fifth. With 2 outs and bases loaded, Casper hit an RBI double to tie the game. Then the barrage began as Sierra Gentry and Cabral each brought runs across giving Pima the lead for good.

Gentry went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and 3 doubles and Cabral also went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Pitching a complete game and picking up the win was Casper, as she allowed 4 earned runs on 10 hits and 1 strikeout.

 

March 8 (A), Game 1: PCC 7, Glendale CC 1, Game 2: PCC 10, Glendale CC 6

In both games, offense helped propel Pima to victory.

The Aztecs were up 4-0 heading into the 6th inning of the first game. Casper finished the game 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs and Cabral went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

Getting her 16th win of the season was Adair, she threw a complete game allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits and striking out 12.

The Aztecs waited until the final innings of game two to start their comeback as they would score 9 runs. Prieto with the bases loaded, launched a rocket out of the park, effectivly sealing the win.

Preito went 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs and sophomore MaryAlys Julian would go 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs.

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