Aztecs struggle to finish the season strong

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By Rene Escobar

 

 

The Aztecs finished the season with a 21-31 and 11-29 in conference play. The Aztecs had a down year with their struggles coming from the offensive component of the game as they left runners on base time after time, along with struggles with scoring in the first games of series.

The Aztecs had bright spots throughout the season their pitching was phenomenal, The Aztecs had an All-Region I player in freshman Enrique Porchas.

April 28. Game 1: PCC 7, Chandler-Gilbert 1

The Aztecs finish the season at home with a split against Chandler-Gilbert.

Freshman Mason Myhre closed out the season with a stellar performance, Myhre tossed a no-hitter giving up one earned run with 11 strikeouts.

All-Region player Porchas was perfect in the batter’s box going 2 for 2 for the game.

Game 2: PCC 2, Chandler-Gilbert 4

The Aztecs had the early lead, but Chandler-Gilbert was poised and answered back with runs in both the 2nd and 4th innings. The Aztecs season woes continued in the game as they left nine runners on base for the game.

The Aztecs have struggled all season to get runners home, for next season the Aztecs have much to build on with a stout sophomore class the Aztecs are primed to get back to their winning ways.

 

 

April 24. Game 1: PCC 1, Glendale CC 7

Freshman Matthew Hackman hit a jack to cut into Glendale’s lead but the Gachos bats travel well, scoring runs in the third and fifth.

Freshman Michael Wong took the loss on the mound as he tossed three innings, allowing one earned run, on five hits with three strikeouts.

Game 2: PCC 1, Glendale CC 6

 

The Aztecs dismantled in the second game of the double header as the Aztecs surrendered a tie game allowing two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth, Assistant Coach Mike Espinoza said, “We shut down we got into trouble and we stopped playing.”

Freshman Michael Wong went 2 for 3, Sophomore Jose Contreras started the game and tossed seven solid innings giving up zero earned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk on 99 pitches.

 

April 17. Game 1: PCC 0, Paradise Valley 1

The Aztecs got their hearts broken at Paradise with an error committed scoring the only run of the game in the eighth inning.

Is was not a day for remembrance for the Aztecs as they left 7 runners on base for the game,. he defense also committed 4 errors for the game.

Freshman Michael Wong started the game and threw a shutout innings giving up 2 hits with 3 strikeouts.

Game 2: PCC 5, Paradise Valley 3

The Aztecs recovered in the second game of the double header, scoring 4 runs in the first . Pitching kept the lead for the Aztecs with insurance from freshman Matthew Hackman secured the win.

Hackman went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, freshman Elisandro Diaz was perfect at the plate going 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

Sophomore Jose Contreras threw 5⅓ 3 -, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 7 strikeouts.

April 21. Game 1: PCC 0, Phoenix College 9

The Aztecs offence was completely shut down by Phoenix College at home. The Aztecs had 5hits for the game. The offense was at a stand-still unable to advance a runner past second base.

Freshman Mason Myhre pitched 1⅓  innings allowing two earned runs on 2 hits with 3strikeouts.

Game 2: PCC 5, Phoenix College 13

The Aztecs struck first, scoring 2 in the first inning, but the offense from Phoenix College was overpowering, scoring twice in back-to-back innings.

Freshman Enrique Porchas finished the game going 4 for 5 with an RBI, freshman Ryon Craig pitched one inning in relief allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits with 1 strikeout.

 

April 14. Game 1: PCC 4, No. 7 Mesa CC 7

Defensive errors were the downfall for the Aztecs as they committed 5 for the game as the rally was cut short in the seventh at home.

Freshman Enrique Porchas went 2 for 3 with an RBI, freshman Adam Moraga pitched four innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 7 hits with 2 strikeouts.

Game 2: PCC 8, No.7 Mesa CC 5

In their second attempt for a comeback win, the Aztecs came through as their bullpen shuts down No. 7 Mesa to hold the win in the second game of the double header. The Aztecs were the beneficiary of errors this game as Mesa committed 2 in the same inning to secure the lead for the Aztecs.

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