The Aztecs struggle across finish line

By ANGEL CANEZ

Pima Community College played their final home series in a doubleheader on March 23 against conference for Arizona Western Community College and wrapped up there season on the road to take on South Mountain in a doubleheader. 

Pima improved on last seasons record of 21-31 and 11-29 in conference games, winning 15 more games to finish the year with a 36-19 and 22-16 in conference. This has been Pima’s most wins since 1993.

The Aztecs would drop the final two games of the season against South Mountain on the road getting out scored 13-1.

 Losing the first game 7-1 the Cougars jumped out to a 6-0 lead. 

Austin Bryan had his worst outing of the season lasting less than two innings giving up six runs on six hit. 

Pima was blacked out in the second game mustering up only two hits dropping the game 6-0.  

The Aztecs jumped ahead scoring in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly hit by Rafael Padilla. 

The Matador would tie it back up in the top of the forth driving in the game tying it up at one.

The Aztecs would get that run back as Enrique Porchas, Jacob jacome and JJ Rollon all got on base with singles to begin the inning.  

Javier Nava followed that up with bases loaded two run single up the middle. 

Arizona Western again fought back tying it up again in the bottom of the sixth. 

With the game tied it became a stalemate until the top of the 11th inning when the Matador exploded for a five run inning taking the first game in comeback fashion. 

Austin Bryan would take the lose giving up two runs in 4.2 innings.  

The Aztecs however got that win back in game two, to win their final home game of the year 3-1.  

Conner Nantkes would lead the way on the mound carrying the Aztecs to victory as he tossed a complete game giving up one run while racking up 11 strikeouts. 

Porchas would drive in a run in the second inning with a solo shot to tie it up and drove in two more in the sixth to give the Aztecs the win.

 Pima Community College went into Easter Break riding an eight game win streak. 

They would face off against the number eight ranked rivel the Cochise College Apaches in a doubleheader at home on March 20. 

Pima extended there win streak with hard fought 12-5 win in game one. 

Pima jumped out ahead early as Cole Cumming hits a solo homerun to start the game. 

The Aztecs got some more help from Richard Ware as he hit a two out two run single, were would then score on a Cochise error. 

Enrique Porchas would draw a walk and then score on a pass ball to bring the score to 5-0 after one inning of play. 

The Apaches would slowly chip away at Austin Byran and the Aztecs lead as the tacked on two run in the second, one in the forth and would finally tie it up at five in the fifth inning. 

The bats came alive again in the bottom of the fifth and  bailed out Byran this time as they scored seven runs in the inning. 

Garrett Lake would give pima the 6-5 lead with a go ahead RBI single that scored Philp Sikies. 

Ware then got his second hit of the game this time a two run triple be world then score on a bulk. 

Cummings then ripped a double and drive in Porchas.

With the Aztecs ahead Byran would pitch another inning picking up his tenth win on the season bringing his record to an impressive 10-1 racking up eight strikeouts.

However all good things must come to an end as the Apaches snapped the Aztecs nine game win streak in a heartbreaking lose in the second game of the doubleheader 11-9 to split the series. 

The Aztecs again jumped out ahead in the first inning taking a 4-0 lead, highlighted by a three run homer from Sikes, who finished 3-4 with two home runs and five RBIS. 

The Apaches get a rally going in the the sixth inning putting up three runs in the sixth pulling with in a run and would then tie it in the seventh. 

Pima would take the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a two run single by Angel Ochoa driving in JJ Rollon and Sikes. 

Jacob Jacome would dive in a run with a rib singel of his own.  Pima ended the season dropping four of the last five games slipping into the sixth in the conference from second place last week.

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