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BASEBALL: Baseball misses postseason

BASEBALL: Baseball misses postseason

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By CALEB FOSTER

The Pima Community College baseball team (24-27, 17-23 in ACCAC) ended its season being swept on the road against Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 25.

The Aztecs found it increasingly difficult at the end of the season to grind out wins as they lost 12 of their last 15 games.

The Aztecs dropped their first game as Chandler-Gilbert rallied late for a 10-8 win.

Down by three in the fourth, sophomore Trey Stine scored sophomore Devin Harrison on a single and freshman Ryan Ramsower scored on an error to bring the Aztecs within one.

Harrison belted a double in the fifth, which scored sophomore Jaquese Moore to tie the game at 7-7.Ivan Estrella followed that up with an RBI single to score Harrison and give Pima the lead.

Pima was unable to put any more runs as Chandler-Gilbert scored three unanswered runs to nab the late-game win.

Freshman Vinnie Tarantola (4-5) pitched two and two-third innings giving up three runs as he produced two strikeouts and three walks.

The Aztecs struck early in the second game but after the first inning they went silent on offense in the 3-2 loss.

Tarantola hit a two-run RBI single in the first inning, allowing Pima to jump out to an early lead. Stine and Ramsower scored on the play.

After the first inning, Pima’s offense became nonexistent. They finished the game with only two more hits.

Chandler-Gilbert scored late in the game, scoring in the seventh and eighth innings.

Sophomore Chris Kucko (5-7) took the loss while pitching a complete game. He gave up three runs and produced six strikeouts and three walks.

Although they missed the postseason Moore a center fielder for the Aztecs gained recognition as a nominee for the ACCAC Division II Golden Glove Award.

Moore, who played in 51 games made only two errors this season. He recorded 124 put-outs and added six assists to his defensive resume.

He was dominant running bases for the Aztecs with a team high 18 steals. Moore finished the season with a .338 batting average, producing 16 RBIs for his team.

Sophomore Jaquese Moore reaches out to snag a fly ball. Moore was nominated for the ACCAC Division II Golden Glove Award.  Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics

Sophomore Jaquese Moore reaches out to snag a fly ball. Moore was nominated for the ACCAC Division II Golden Glove Award.
Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics

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Baseball: Aztecs find win at last in season’s end

Baseball: Aztecs find win at last in season’s end

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By CALEB FOSTER

The Pima Community College baseball team (24-25, 17-21 in ACCAC) has been on a slippery slope dropping 11 of their last 14 games. The Aztecs have found themselves fighting for the No. 4 spot one game behind Scottsdale Community College.

The Aztecs finally got a win as they split at Glendale Community College on April 1.

The Aztecs won the first game 7-1 with the help of freshman Ryan Ramsower who went 4 for 4 with six RBIs.

Freshman Daniel Tolano (3-3) thew seven strikeouts in the win giving up only one run.

Pima was unable to catch up in the second game as the fell 9-7.

Down 8-1 in the eighth sophomore Ruben Bracamontes hit a three-run homer to try and get the ball rolling for Pima.

Sophomore Trey Stine hit a RBI in the ninth but that was it for Pima as the next three batters struck out ending the game.

Freshman Justin Hammergren (4-4) took the loss pitching five innings and throwing three strikeouts and three walks.

The Aztecs gave up both games on the road during their doubleheader against Phoenix College on April 18th.

The first game ended in a 3-1 loss with the only run coming from a solo home run by Freshman Vinnie Tarantola.

Sophomore Chris Kucko (4-7) threw six innings with three strikeouts and two walks giving up three runs in the loss.

The second game was much more offense oriented as Pima’s rally late in the game but ultimately lost 11-9.

Tarantola helped to try and rally the Aztecs with a grand slam in the seventh. Tarantola went 1 for 2 with four RBIs. Freshman Al Cruz ended the game 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Sophomore Roy Aguirre (5-3) pitched the loss giving up nine run and throwing four strikeouts and four walks.

The Aztecs dropped their last home doubleheader of the regular season against Paradise Valley Community College on April 14.

Up early in the game the Aztecs let it slip away in the eighth to lose 5-4. Sophomore Trevor Johnson hit an early solo home run finishing the game 1 for 3.

Stine went 2 for 4 hitting an RBI single in the third.

Tolano threw five innings giving up three runs and producing five strikeouts. Kucko (4-6) closed out the game for the Aztecs taking the loss without a strikeout.

The second game slipped away from the Aztecs early on and kept sliding as the fell to Paradise Valley 14-1.

Johnson went 1 for 2 hitting Pima’s only RBI of the game. Sophomore Jaquese Moore finished 1 for 3 with a run scored.

Tarantola (4-4) gave up six runs on seven hits producing two strikeouts and two walks.

The Aztecs broke a six-game losing streak with a sweep at No. 3 Mesa Community College on April 11. Pima has won three of the four games they have played against Mesa.

The Aztecs took the first game with a 9-5 victory propelled by a strong fourth inning that produced seven runs.

Stine hit a solo home run in the fourth followed by a two run RBI single later in the game. Stine finished the game 3 for 3 with a run scored and four RBIs.

Hammergren (4-3) pitched five innings and grabbed the win for the Aztecs with five strikeouts and four walks.

Kucko closed out the game pitching the last one and one-third inning throwing one strikeout and one walk.

In the Aztecs’ second game they came back from a 4-1 deficit to win 6-4.

Down by three in the seventh Bracamontes hit a groundout RBI to get the Aztecs on track. Bracamontes finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

In the eighth Cruz hit a two-run RBI single to level the score followed Bracamontes RBI single to put Pima ahead.

Moore finished the inning with a RBI double to take the victory.

Tarantola (4-3) threw three and two-thirds innings giving up one run and throwing one strikeout and one walk.

Kucko finished his second game of the day earning the save as he pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and producing one strikeout.

 

ON DECK

April 25: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, noon

April 30-May 2: NJCAA Region 1 Playoffs, TBA, TBA

 

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Sophomore Trevor Johnson steps up to the plate in a game against Paradise Valley on April 14.
Caleb Foster/Aztec Press

 

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Baseball: Aztecs strike out for six straight games

Baseball: Aztecs strike out for six straight games

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By DEANNA SHERMAN

The Pima Community College baseball team (21-20, 14-16 in ACCAC) is on a six game losing streak as they struggle to find their stride with continuously inconsistent play.

In Yuma, the Aztecs lost a pair of games against Arizona Western College on April 4.

In a slow, low-scoring first game Pima took the loss 1-0 against Western, failing to score a run in seven innings. Sophomore Ruben Bracamontes hit a triple in the seventh, giving the Aztecs some last minute hope but fellow sophomore Jaquese Moore couldn’t come through in the clutch, striking out to end the game.

Freshman Justin Hammergren pitched four innings, giving up the one run but helped himself with six strikeouts.

In their second game against Western it looked as though the Aztecs losing streak was going to come to an end, but Western rallied in the last three innings to finish the game on top 9-8.

In the third inning sophomore Devin Harrison scored the first of six runs in the third inning with a solo home run to put Pima up 3-2.

Next, sophomore Trevor Johnson hit a two-run RBI single followed by Bracamontes’ three-run home run allowing the Aztecs to establish an early 8-2 lead

Western waited to retaliate until the seventh inning as they put up numbers one right after the other scoring four runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth to end the game 9-8.

Sophomore Chris Kucko pitched six and one-third innings giving up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

Pima lost both its doubleheaders against Central Arizona College at the West Campus on March 31.

Despite being down 9-4 the Aztecs seemed to have a comeback in reach. Sophomore Brandon Burke hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning with fellow sophomore Trey Stine following with an RBI that brought in freshman pinch runner David Oropeza to put the score at 9-7.

Sophomore Roy Aguirre took the loss pitching four and two-thirds innings giving Central all nine of their runs with four strike outs and two walks.

In game two Pima once again found themselves trying to play catch-up, unable to close the gap in an 8-3 loss.

By the top of the fourth inning the Aztecs were down 7-1. Freshman Vinnie Tarantola tried to redeem the Aztecs with and RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth to bump them up 7-3.

Kucko pitched three and one-thirds innings, taking the loss and giving up seven runs with three strikeouts and one walk.

The Aztecs lost two on the road against Cochise College on Mar. 28, one being far more entertaining than the other.

In their first game at Cochise College the Aztecs were disappointingly run ruled by the 5th inning losing to Cochise 14-1.

Sophomore Trevor Johnson drove in Pima’s only run with an RBI single that brought in fellow sophomore Trey Stine in the first inning. Cochise scored three runs in the second inning, six in the third and another five in the fourth.

Hammergren pitched the last two and two-third innings giving up nine runs with two strikeouts and three walks.

Pima’s second game however was a complete contrast of the first as the Aztecs managed to drag Cochise with them to an extra tenth inning. Ultimately losing 7-6.

Starting out as a reflection of the first game the Aztecs finally came out fighting in the fourth inning led by freshman Al Cruz hitting an RBI double. Followed by sophomore Brandon Burke’s RBI single cutting into Cochise’s lead 4-2.

In the sixth inning Sophomore Ruben Bracamontes hit a groundout RBI to tie the game 4-4.

After that the Aztecs answered each of Cochise’s runs. Johnson tied the game in the 7th with a sacrifice-fly to make it 5-5 and then again with Moore hitting an RBI single in the 8th to tie the game once more at 6-6.

Unfortunately the exciting battle ended in the tenth with a Cochise win.

Freshman Daniel Tolano came in to pitch in the seventh throwing three and one-third innings and giving up only one run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Johnson came to relief in the ninth and took the loss.

The Aztecs’ last win came against Eastern Arizona College on March 24, when they swept both games with three home runs, bringing their record to a hopeful 21-14 and 14-10 in conference play.

The losing streak dropped them to 9th in the division.

Their next challenge comes against Mesa Community College who currently holds the number two position in the ACCAC. The game will be held in Mesa on April 11.

 Ryan Norrix fires a pitch following the last scoring innning of a game against Gateway Community College at Pima Community College on March 3. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)


Ryan Norrix fires a pitch following the last scoring innning of a game against Gateway Community College at Pima Community College on March 3. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)


ON DECK

April 11: @ Mesa CC, Mesa, noon

April 14: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, noon

April 18: @ Phoenix College, Phoenix, noon

April 21: @Glendale CC, Glendale, noon

 

 

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Aztecs continue winning ways

Aztecs continue winning ways

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

The Pima Community College baseball team (21-14, 14-10 in ACCAC)

The Aztecs would finally swept a doubleheader as they routed Eastern Arizona College on March 24.

In game one, Pima beat EAC in a shutout 10-0 win in six innings. The Aztecs 10-0 win is the first time all year they’ve won by a shutout.  The Pima win also gets them back on the winning track after losing the game before.

Sophomore Roy Aguirre (5-1) would get the win after pitching  a complete game.

Pima in game two would blowout EAC again, as they won 9-1.  Sophomore Chris Kucko (4-4) also pitched a complete game. Kucko picked up his fourth win of the year.

The Aztecs traveled to Phoenix to play South Mountain Community College on March 21. Pima and SMCC would split their double header with each other.

The Aztecs took game one as they beat SMCC 8-2. Freshman Justin Hammergren would pick up the win (3-1) after pitching five innings. Pima dropped the second game to SMCC 6-8. Freshman Vinnie Tarantola took the loss (3-2) after pitching six innings.

On March 20, Pima beat Madison Area Technical College in a close one 3-2.  Sophomore Trevor Johnson (1-0) would get the win after his ninth inning strikeout to finish the game. Pima used six pitchers to take the win from MATC.

The Aztecs split a doubleheader against Scottsdale Community College on March 17. The competition marked their first conference games since March 7.

Pima won the first game 9-1 after scoring six runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Aguirre pitched a complete game and picked up the win.

The Aztecs came up short in the second game, losing 3-2. Kucko pitched a complete game but took the loss.

Freshman Marcus Catalano hit a two-run RBI in the sixth to spark a comeback attempt, and produced five RBIs for the series.

Over Spring Break, Pima hosted five non-conference games.

Pima beat White Rock (Canada) 15-5 in seven innings on March 16. Sophomore Mike Hast (2-0) got the win after pitching five innings. Freshman Daniel Tolano earned the save in two hitless innings.

On March 14, the Aztecs played Monroe Community College and Arizona Western College.

Pima beat Monroe 8-3.  Hammergren (2-1) got the win after pitching eight innings.

The Aztecs lost to AWC, 9-7. After being down five, Pima went up 7-5 in the seventh inning but AWC rallied to earn the win.

On March 13, Pima faced off against Northeastern Junior College (Colorado), and won 17-8 after racking up eight runs in the first inning. The game was called early due to darkness. Sophomore Ryan Norrix got the start, and Tolano earned the win pitching relief.

The Aztecs earned a 12-2 win in eight innings against Douglas College (Canada) on March 12.

Pima put on an offensive display, racking up 15 hits. Freshman Ivan Estrella and sophomore Trey Stine led the attack with three hits each.

Kucko earned the win after pitching six innings.

Next up, Pima will be in Douglas as they play Cochise College in a doubleheader on March 28th.

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Sophomore Trey Stine dashes between bases against Scottsdale Community College on March 17. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

 

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Baseball swings into action

Baseball swings into action

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima Community College’s baseball team (12-12, 10-8 in ACCAC) is looking to improve from their .500 record after the first 14 games of the season.

With a pretty inconsistent first 14 games under their belt, Pima will be trying to avoid splitting series and instead try to sweep some opponents.

Pima is hosting five non-conference games in five days for the Spring Tournament from March 10 to 14.

On March 10, Pima’s first game for the Spring Tournament didn’t go their way. PCC lost to Cochise College 8-2.

Sophomore Ryan Norrix started and pitched four scoreless innings untill giving up two runs up in the fifth. Tolano would come in for relief, but instead took the loss, putting his record at 0-2 for the year.

On March 7, the Aztecs played Yavapai College in conference play. Pima split its two games with Yavapai, making it three split series in a row.

In the first game, Pima lost 4-2.  The game was close up until the fifth, when Yavapai broke the tie with a two run inning to take the lead 3-2, then sealed the game with another run in the sixth.

Freshmen Justin Hammergren would pitch six innings and take the loss. Hammergren got his first loss of the year, putting him at 1-1 for the year.

In the second game, Pima won a high-scoring game, 13-9.

Freshmen Vinnie Tarantola got the win, putting him at 3-1 for season. Sophomore Marcel Renteria got the save.

On March 3, Pima faced off with GateWay Community College for a second time this season. Just like the first time they met, they would split the series.

Pima lost the first game to GateWay, 6-3. The Aztecs left the plenty of points on the table, as they had bases loaded in the fourth but couldn’t capitalize.

GateWay would score two more in the fifth and put Pima away for good.

The second game was a tight one. Pima won 7-6, as the game came down to the final out.

Pima gave up three runs in the ninth before putting GateWay away for good.

Hammergren came in for relief duty and closed out the game with a game-winning strikeout. Sophomore Chris Kucko got the win. The win is Kucko’s second of the year, putting him at 2-3 for the year.

On Feb. 28, Pima hosted Glendale Community College. Pima and Glendale split the series.

The Aztecs dropped the first game to Glendale 10-8 in ten innings.

Freshmen Daniel Tolano took the loss, his first of the season, putting him at 0-1 for the year.

The loss snapped Pima’s two game sweep streak and thier four game winning streak.

The second game, the Aztecs would need to rally once more, this time coming up with the victory, beating Glendale 7-5.

PCC was down 5-3 going into the fifth and just like the previous two times that game, Pima would score three runs to rally back.

Tarantola would pick up the win after pitching five. Renteria gets the save after shutting out Glendale in the final two innings.

On Feb. 24, Pima would take on Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Pima would get the sweep against CGCC. The sweep against CGCC makes it back-to-back sweeps for Pima.

In the first game Pima would have to hold on to the win as Pima won 2-1. In the fourth Pima was down 1-0 until Estella hit an RBI single and then scored a run, putting Pima up 2-1.

Sophomore Roy Aguirre would pitch a complete game. The win was Aguirre’s fourth of the year, but his first as a starter. Aguirre is 4-0 for the year.

In the second game Pima stopped a rally from CGCC and won 5-4. It all started in the third inning as Sophomore Devin Harrison lead off the inning and hit a solo home run.

Pima put up three more runs that innings going up 4-0. Harrison would homer again in the fourth, giving the Aztecs a 5-0 lead.

CGCC chipped away at Pima’s lead, but Pima held on in the ninth.

Kucko got the win after pitching five scoreless innings. The win is Kucko first of the year after starting 0-3. Tolano got the save for Pima.

The Aztecs continue playing in the Spring Tournament at West Campus through March 14.

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Sophomore Brandon Burke digs for a pitch in a home game against GateWay Community College on March 3. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)

 

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Baseball team looks to improve

Baseball team looks to improve

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

Pima Community College (7-7, 5-5 in ACCAC) is looking to get back on track after a very inconstant to the season.

With a .500 record, Pima hosted Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Feb, 24. For results go to aztecpressonline.com.

Pima would go up to Phoenix square off against Paradise Valley Community College on Feb 21. Pima would earn its first conference sweep, but it would come in consecutive tight games.

Sophomore Trevor Johnson would come up big again this week as he had another game winning hit, as he hit a solo homerun in the top of the 6th. Giving Pima the win 5-4.

Sophomore Marcel Renteria would get the start for Pima, but Sophomore Roy Aguire would pit his third win of season as he closed out the last two innings putting him at 3-0 for the season.

In the second game, Pima would have an even closer call with Paradise Valley. As it would take extras for Pima to put Paradise Valley down. Pima won by a familiar score 5-4 and in 11 innings.

Freshmen Justin Hammergren would start the game pitching five innings. Freshmen Vinnie Tarantola who got his first win of season putting him at 1-1 and sophomore Chris Kucko who would get the save would combine for 6 innings.

In a close game though out, Pima would steal the win after pinch runner freshmen Ryan Ramsower would score off a wild pitch in the top of the 11th. Pima would be forced to string out their bullpen for this game. Having three guys pitch multiple innings.

Pima would square off against Phoenix College on Feb 17, Pima would split games with Phoenix. In game one Pima would win the game dramatic fashion 2-1.

Johnson would hit the game winning run driving in freshmen David Oropesa. Aguire would get the win improving him to 2-0 for the season.

In the second game Phoenix would recover from the heartbreaker and rout Pima 12-1 in eight innings.

Pima couldn’t get it going in the second game, as they only managed four hits in the game and their only point coming in the 7th. Sophomore Ryan Norrix would take his first loss of the season putting him at 1-1 for the season.

Pima would travel up to Mesa face off against Mesa Community College on Feb 14. Pima would split games with Mesa. In the first game Pima would lose a tight one to Mesa losing 1-0, with the only run of the whole game coming in the 4th.

Renteria, who pitched a near flawless game, would drop his first game of the season putting him at 0-1. Renteria would pitch a complete game, with only one earned run on four hits. Renteria didn’t have the run support to match his gem.

In the second game Pima’s nonexistent run support from the first game would come up big with 7. Pima would take the second game 7-4.  Freshmen Al Cruz would come with a nice performance as he had a two RBI game.

Hammergren would pick up his first win of the season putting him at 1-1 for the season. Aguire would get the save after pitching the 9th inning.

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Ivan Estella recoils after being struck by a pitch during a game against Utah State University – Eastern on Feb. 5. Pima went on the win both games in the series. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)

 

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Inconsistencies plague start

Inconsistencies plague start

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By ALFRED DICOCHEA III

The Pima Community College baseball team 3-5(1-3 ACCAC) is looking to continue their winning ways after going 34-25 (22-16 ACCAC) and taking a trip to regionals last season.

Pima is going to attempt to compete for a regional title with its pitching game, with sophomores Chris Kucko and Marcel Renteria leading the fold.

Coach Jason Hisey does have a few a concerns, but still sees tons of promise this season.

“I’m cautiously optimistic, but excited for the season,” he said.

Pima split their games against GateWay Community College in their first road conference double header on Feb. 10.

Pima dropped the first game against Gateway 4-2 as Kucko’s cold start continued and he dropped to 0-3 for the season.

In the second game Pima was able hold off GateWay in a 4-1 win. Sophomore Ryan Norrix got the start and sophomore Roy Aguirre got the win and earned his first victory of season.

On Feb. 7, Pima lost both games against Scottsdale Community College, in their first taste of conference play.

In the first game Pima lost a heart breaker 11-9. The Aztecs had a 6-0 lead after the top of the third, and held 8-2 after the fifth. Scottsdale had six runs in the eighth and Pima never recovered.

In the second game Pima just couldn’t keep up as they were routed 12-2 in seven innings as freshmen Vinnie Tarantola took his first loss of the season.

Pima’s first game of year was delayed due to weather on Feb. 5.

Neither weather nor Utah State University-Eastern could stop the Aztecs as they dominated both games and took home their first wins of the season.

In the first game Pima stole the victory 10-3.Sophomore Mike Hast picked up the season’s first win with a save from Agurrie.

In game two Pima continued its domination of Eastern Utah in a 12-1 victory in seven innings.Pima put up five points twice; once first and third innings.

Freshman Ivan Estrella helped by scoring three runs, which made it five total for Estrella in the doubleheader. Norrix would get the start for Pima and would go on to have a complete game.

“We’re a little thin in the bullpin, so it was good to have Norrix throw the complete game,” Hisey said.

On Feb. 3, Pima couldn’t have opened their season any worse.

Coach Hisey was suspended from the first game due to a former player being ejected in the last game of the season last year. Pima also came into the game having had their first game canceled due to weather.

In the first inning of the season against South Mountain Community College, Pima gave up five runs and ended up losing both games against SMCC.

In the first game Pima lost 8-2 as they never recovered from the first inning and Kucko took the first loss as the season.

In the second game it was a much more competitive score, finishing 9-4.

Pima was behind the eight ball again as they were down 3-0 going into the fifth and sophomore Devin Harrison hit a home run to left field to tie the score. Freshman Al Cruz scored Pima’s fourth run of the inning not long after.

South Mountain went on to tie in the sixth and then take the lead in the seventh, finally putting the game out of reach in the eight.

Sophomore Ryan Norrix fires a pitch at an Eastern Utah State University batter during the Feb. 5 game.

Sophomore Ryan Norrix fires a pitch at an Eastern Utah State University batter during the Feb. 5 game.

 

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LAtinos, Dodgers reconcile

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By BETO HOYOS

For the second year in a row the Dodgers were fortunate and talented enough to play October baseball and Los Angelinos were proud.

Many don’t know that Latinos once had a beef with the Dodgers. It wasn’t until the late 1980s and early ‘90s that the Latino fan base began to forgive and forget.

In the late 1950s, the city of Los Angeles was seeking locations for a new baseball stadium after luring the Dodgers from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The city practically gave the Dodgers an old Mexican neighborhood known as Chavez Ravine. This forced families to move to different areas of a city that was still heavily segregated.

Mexican-American families had only a few choices for relocating, and every option was miles away from what they knew. East LA wasn’t always predominately Latino.

For the first 20 years after the Dodgers moved to LA, the fan base was mostly white working-class men. Latinos only began flocking to Dodger Stadium during the “Fernandomania” era of Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.

Today it’s a different story. As the Dodgers have continued to rise to prominence in the National League, the Latino community has continued a rise to prominence within the city.

Back in the day, the Brooklyn Dodgers were known for breaking the color barrier with the implementation of Jackie Robinson. The Los Angeles Dodgers did the same with Latinos when they introduced Valenzuela as the first big Latino star.

Today the Dodgers’ roster is a cornucopia of Latin talent.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who grew up in San Diego, is the son of two Mexican parents. His father was once played for a team in Tijuana.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez made his way to the big leagues from the Dominican Republic and has been a fan favorite, especially within the Latin community.

Another fan favorite is Cuban-born outfielder Yasiel Puig, the first Cuban on the Dodgers’ roster since pitcher Danys Baez took the mound in 2006.

The history of Latinos in Los Angeles is rich with culture and triumph. With the recent success of the Dodgers, fans in LA are looking to become even richer.

Dodger fans hope to one day again hold a World Series parade as Dodger-blue confetti rains down on the streets, but those hopes will have to be rekindled next season since LA was eliminated from the playoffs by the St. Louis Cardinals.

It’s safe to say that the Dodgers and the Latino community have come a long way. Together, they’ve come full circle.

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BASEBALL: Season ends at regional playoffs

BASEBALL: Season ends at regional playoffs

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By JOSE SANTIAGO III

The Pima Community College baseball team’s season ended May 3 after a 7-2 loss to No. 2 seed South Mountain Community College in the third game of the first round in the regional playoffs.

The Aztecs quickly fell behind 3-0. They cut the score in the sixth to 3-2 after a two-run single by freshman Jesse Robles. The Aztecs couldn’t complete the comeback, however, and their season came to a close.

“It was unfortunate that the season had to end earlier than we expected,” sophomore Cole Plouck said.

“However, I’m proud of the way that the entire team continued to grind until the end, he added.”

Plouck was named a Second Team All-ACCAC pitcher.

The Aztecs tied the series in the second game on May 2 with an 8-4 win. The Aztecs went up 3-0 with three runs in the third but the lead quickly evaporated and they were down 4-3 in the fourth.

Sophomore Juan Gamez tied it up in the sixth with an RBI double to score sophomore Jorge Maldonado Jr. The Aztecs scored four runs in the ninth to seal the victory.

Sophomore Kellen Marruffo went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Marruffo was named to the ACCAC First-Team.

The Aztecs dropped the first game of the series 8-2 on May 1.

A throwing error with the bases loaded in the first inning let in three runs early and the Aztecs couldn’t bounce back. Plouck took the loss despite giving up just one earned run in five and one-third innings.

The Aztecs split their doubleheader on April 26 against South Mountain Community College to secure the No. 3 seed for the regional playoffs.

Pima dropped the first game 18-2. Plouck took the loss, going three and two-thirds innings while giving up six runs, two earned. Freshman Trey Stine went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

The Aztecs won the second game 16-1.

Freshman Marcel Renteria pitched a complete game. He had six strikeouts and gave up one run in seven innings.

Sophomore James Lynch went 3 for 5 at the plate, hitting three RBIs and scoring three runs.

Pima lost 3-1 in a single game on April 24 to Eastern Arizona College.

The Aztecs couldn’t muster any offense and managed just two hits.

Sophomore Ethan Rosebeck took the loss, going five innings of relief.

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Sophomore Devon Carillo rounds third base in Pima’s game vs Arizona Western College on April 22. (Nellie Silva/Aztec Press)

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BASEBALL: Pima takes split in final home games

BASEBALL: Pima takes split in final home games

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By JOSE SANTIAGO III

The Pima Community College baseball team split its last home games of the season against Arizona Western College on April 22, bringing its season record to 32-21.

Pima won the first game 2-1 after a strong effort from freshman Marcel Renteria.
Renteria went six and two-third innings while giving up one run. He had nine strikeouts to earn his sixth win of the season.

The Aztecs dropped the second game 17-8.

Sophomore James Lynch hit a fourth-inning home run to bring the score to 10-7 but the pitching just couldn’t stop the bleeding.

Freshman Trey Stine finished 4-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Pima split an April 19 doubleheader against Cochise College.

Sophomore pitcher Cole Plouck led the Aztecs to an 8-0 win, throwing a shutout in the first game.
Plouck went seven innings with nine strikeouts and gave up two walks and four hits.

Sophomore Dan Kennon also contributed, going 3 for 3 with three RBIs.

The Aztecs dropped the second game 2-1.

Pima scored in the first inning when sophomore Kellen Marruffo hit an RBI ground out, but the Aztecs couldn’t manage any more runs for the remainder of the game.

Sophomore Ethan Rosebeck took the loss despite going five and one-third innings while only giving up one earned run. He racked up seven strikeouts.

Pima swept Eastern Arizona College in a doubleheader on April 15.

The Aztecs won the first game 4-3 after sophomore Steven Still came through in the clutch with a game-winning RBI.

Renteria got the no-decision after throwing six innings, giving up two runs to go with seven strikeouts.

Freshman Ben Skuro got the win pitching in relief.

The Aztecs won the second game 10-4.

Freshman Scotty Watson earned the win, going five innings and giving up one earned run. Lynch hit a home run and finished 2-3 with two RBIs, two runs and two walks.

Kennon was named ACCAC Division I Player of the Week for April 14-20. He had six RBIs, three walks and two doubles in two games.

Pima split a doubleheader versus Yavapai College on April 12.

The Aztecs dropped the first game 4-3 after giving up the game-winning run in the eighth.

Stine went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Marruffo went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and a solo home run.

Pima bounced back in the next game and won 13-2.

Rosebeck got the win, going seven innings. He gave up two runs while racking up six strikeouts.

Marruffo brought the power again, hitting two home runs and an RBI double. He finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and five RBIs.

Marruffo and Renteria earned ACCAC Division I Player/Pitcher of the Week honors for their performances during the week of April 7-13.

Pima had eight players or pitchers chosen for conference awards during the season.

Sophomore James Lynch races home in a March 25 West Campus game. (Aztec Press photo by Nellie Silva)

Sophomore James Lynch races home in a March 25 West Campus game. (Aztec Press photo by Nellie Silva)

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BASEBALL: Pima splits Central Arizona doubleheader

BASEBALL: Pima splits Central Arizona doubleheader

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By JOSE SANTIAGO III

The Pima Community College baseball team split its double header against Central Arizona College on April 8.

The split brought the Aztecs’ overall record to 27-18 and their conference record to 16-11, good for fifth in the ACCAC.

In the first game, Pima lost 12-1 as the offense managed just three hits. Freshman Ruben Bracamontes scored Pima’s only run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.

Pima won the second game 2-1. Freshman Marcel Renteria pitched seven and one-third innings, racking up seven strikeouts while giving up one run.

On April 5, the Aztecs split a doubleheader against Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Pima won the first game 2-1. Freshman Trey Stine hit a solo homerun to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh.

Sophomore Kellen Marruffo hit the game-winning RBI in the ninth, scoring sophomore James Lynch.

The Aztecs dropped the second game 2-1.

The game was tied 1-1 in the third after Lynch scored on a throwing error. However, Pima couldn’t come back after Chandler-Gilbert scored an RBI sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Sophomore Ethan Rosebeck threw seven innings and gave up just two runs, but went home with his first loss of the season.

Pima split a doubleheader at Cochise College on April 1.

The Aztecs lost the first game 5-2. They were down 2-0 early but an RBI single from Lynch and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Juan Gamez tied the game in the third inning.

However, Pima didn’t score for the rest of the game.

Freshman pitcher Chris Kucko was tagged with the loss. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs.

In the second game, Pima erased a 6-0 deficit and came back in the last four innings to win 11-6.

Sophomore Devon Carrillo hit the game-tying RBI in the top of the seventh, scoring Stine. Gamez went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored

Pima swept its doubleheader over Scottsdale Community College on March 29.

In the first game, sophomore Cole Plouck threw a complete-game shutout for a 1-0 victory. He went seven innings and had five strikeouts.

Pima’s score came in the third inning off a sacrifice fly from Marruffo, scoring Stine.

The second game took 11 innings to finish but the Aztecs managed a 6-5 win.

Pima was trailing 5-2 in the top of the ninth before Gamez hit an RBI single. He scored the game-tying run after sophomore Jorge Maldonado Jr. drew a walk with the bases loaded.

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Sophomore Kellen Marruffo waits for the pitch at a Feb. 22 home game against Mesa Community College.

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ATHLETIC VOICE: Baseball season returns

ATHLETIC VOICE: Baseball season returns

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BY ZACH ARMENTA

Pop open a cold beer, grab a box of Cracker Jacks and make some nachos. It’s time for Major League Baseball.

Last year, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series and will look to repeat this season.

Let’s look at the biggest stories of the 2014 MLB offseason, starting with the American League.

Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees, announced he will retire after this season. One of the greatest baseball players ever, and a class act, will bid farewell.

Robinson Cano chased money to the Pacific Northwest and signed with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have Kyle Seager at third base and Nick Franklin and Brad Miller fighting for the shortstop spot, but will have an issue at first base.

The last big story in the AL is the Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder trade. Kinsler went from the Texas Rangers to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Fielder. This was a move even I didn’t see coming.

It was a great move by both teams, but the Rangers should have tried to get a pitcher. Their starting rotation is weak and needs help.

In the National League, there was little movement but still some big news.

Let’s start with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Patrick Corbin is out for the year after having Tommy John surgery. This season went from bad to disgusting.

The Diamondbacks have no hope without Corbin. Paul Goldschmidt can’t do it all.

In the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals are the team to watch. The Nationals traded three players to the Tigers for starting pitcher Doug Fister. That makes the National’s pitching rotation scary.

With Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister and Ross Detwiler, the Nationals are a team that can go all the way.

The biggest news is Ryan Braun’s return to the Milwaukee Brewers. After fighting but failing to save his 2011 league MVP award, he was suspended without pay for 65 games including playoffs. He returns this year and hopes to make an impact.

The Brewers have little talent, but maybe Braun can help them get to .500 or a little over. The only players the Brewers have besides Braun is Rickie Weeks, and maybe Mark Reynolds, Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura and Matt Garza.

All in all, this 2014 MLB season will be good and I’m super jacked for its start.

Find that perfect spot on the couch and enjoy the games.

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Baseball: Pima splits doubleheader with Glendale

Baseball: Pima splits doubleheader with Glendale

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By JOSE SANTIAGO III

The Pima Community College baseball team split a doubleheader at Glendale Community College on March 25, bringing their season record to 22-15.

Pima lost the first game 2-0.

Freshman Chris Kucko took the loss. He pitched six innings, recording six strikeouts but giving up two runs.

The Aztecs won the second game 4-2.

Freshman Ben Skuro pitched five and one-third innings, giving up one run to get his second win of the season. Sophomore Juan Gamez went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Pima split its doubleheader at Paradise Valley Community College on March 22.

The Aztecs lost the first game 6-0. Sophomore Cole Plouck pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs. He had six strikeouts but went home with the loss.

In the second game, sophomore pitcher Ethan Rosebeck threw eight innings. He gave up one run and had 12 strikeouts to lead the Aztecs to a 5-1 victory.

Pima dropped a doubleheader against GateWay Community College on March 18.

The Aztecs managed just four hits in the first game and lost 3-0. Kucko gave up just one earned run in five and two-thirds innings pitched, but got tagged with the loss.

The Aztecs lost the second game 4-2.

They had many missed opportunities. In the last two innings, Pima loaded the bases twice but couldn’t bring runners home.

Sophomore A.J. Acosta went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two walks while Dan Kennon went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

On March 15, sophomore Cole Plouck and Skuro combined to throw a no-hitter on the way to a 10-0 home victory over Canada’s Douglas College.

Plouck earned the win, going six innings with seven strikeouts.

Three sophomores hit triples. Kellen Marruffo hit an RBI triple in the third inning. A.J. Acosta opened the fourth inning with a triple and Jorge Maldonado Jr. followed with an RBI triple.

The Aztecs scored four runs in the fifth inning to take control. Sophomores Acosta, James Lynch and Cooper Smith and freshman Brandon Burke all drove in runs.

Acosta finished 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Maldonado Jr. went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore Devon Carrillo was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

The Aztecs also enjoyed dominant pitching on March 14 in a 10-0 home victory over Miles Community College.

Rosebeck went seven innings, racking up 12 strikeouts and giving up just two hits.

The Aztecs had five players with at least two hits.

Sophomore Steven Still was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Smith went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

In a doubleheader on March 13, the Aztecs played two very different games.

In the first game against Northeastern Oklahoma, the Aztecs tried to come back from a seven-run deficit but came up two runs short. They dropped the game by a score of 7-5. Freshman Ruben Bracamontes went 1-2 in the game and had three RBIs.

Pima won the second game 26-0 over Pro Training Baseball Academy.

The Aztecs rallied early for eight runs in the fourth inning, then cruised to an easy win. Freshman Marcel Renteria improved his record to 4-2 after going four innings, giving up two hits and no runs.

The Aztecs beat Northeastern Junior College 5-2 at home on March 12.

Freshman Ryan Norrix pitched  a complete game. He gave up two runs and six hits to get his first win of the season.

Lynch, Still and freshman Trey Stine each had an RBI and a run scored.

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Baseball: Pima pitcher records strikeouts, music

Baseball: Pima pitcher records strikeouts, music

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By JOSE SANTIAGO III

Sophomore Cole Plouck has big baseball and music dreams.

The lefty, a Tucson native who graduated from Empire High School in Vail, made it onto the Pima Community College baseball roster as a freshman walk on. He is now a premier pitcher in the rotation.

Baseball has been a part of Plouck’s life since he was a kid.

“Sports have always been really big in my family,” he said. “At a young age, I just started playing baseball in the street. You know, just messing around.”

The Aztecs are 22-15 so far this season, and Plouck is pleased with the way he and the team have played.

“I think we have a solid team all-around and we can go really far this year,” he said.

Plouck has started the season 2-2, and looks to improve his record every time he steps on the mound.

In his March 15 outing, Plouck threw six innings of a no-hitter and had seven strikeouts. The no-hitter was completed by freshman teammate Ben Skuro.

For the week of Feb. 17-23, Plouck received Pitcher of the Week honors in ACCAC Division I. He pitched nine innings over two games and had 11 strikeouts without giving up an earned run.

Winning the honor felt great, Plouck said.

“It’s good to see progress after putting in the time,” he said. “Two years ago, that’s not something I would have thought I could have done.”

Plouck’s teammates are some of his biggest supporters. Freshman Kelton Vieux said Plouck has been huge for the team.

“He helps us win games with his pitching and he always gives it his all,” Vieux said.

“He is really cool and laid back, and he is always willing to help others get better.”

When Plouck isn’t dominating on the mound, he focuses on making music. He goes by the name “ColePrit” to create rap and hip-hop tracks.

Plouck works with artists who are signed to labels, and hopes to someday be signed to a label himself.

He showcases his songs on his website, coleprit.com.

Growing up, Plouck considered his parents to be his major role models, and said they contributed to his success in baseball.

“They were always realistic and I feel like that’s important,” he said. “When I had a bad game, I knew it. They wouldn’t say ‘Oh, that’s OK’ and I appreciated that.”

Plouck has committed to play at Florida International University in Miami next year and is excited about the opportunity.

He is still undecided about his major, but will continue to focus on music and baseball.

His music dream is making it big. His baseball dream is to be drafted into the MLB and pitch like big-league lefty Clayton Kershaw.

“I’d like to get drafted, but at the same time I just want to keep getting better,” he said. “I feel like I’m not close to where I should be yet, and I can get a lot better.”

 

Sophomore Pitcher Cole Plouck show his 4-seam fastball

Sophomore pitcher Cole Plouck demonstrates how he sets up his four-seam fastball.
( Aztec Press Photo by Jose Santiago III)

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Pima splits doubleheader with Glendale

Pima splits doubleheader with Glendale

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By JOSE SANTIAGO III

The Pima Community College baseball team split a doubleheader at Glendale Community College on March 25, bringing their season record to 22-15.

Pima lost the first game 2-0.

Freshman Chris Kucko took the loss. He pitched six innings, recording six strikeouts but giving up two runs.

The Aztecs won the second game 4-2.

Freshman Ben Skuro pitched five and one-third innings, giving up one run to get his second win of the season. Sophomore Juan Gamez went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.

Pima split its doubleheader at Paradise Valley Community College on March 22.

The Aztecs lost the first game 6-0. Sophomore Cole Plouck pitched six innings, giving up five earned runs. He had six strikeouts but went home with the loss.

In the second game, sophomore pitcher Ethan Rosebeck threw eight innings. He gave up one run and had 12 strikeouts to lead the Aztecs to a 5-1 victory.

Pima dropped a doubleheader against GateWay Community College on March 18.

The Aztecs managed just four hits in the first game and lost 3-0. Kucko gave up just one earned run in five and two-thirds innings pitched, but got tagged with the loss.

The Aztecs lost the second game 4-2.

They had many missed opportunities. In the last two innings, Pima loaded the bases twice but couldn’t bring runners home.

Sophomore A.J. Acosta went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two walks while Dan Kennon went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

On March 15, sophomore Cole Plouck and Skuro combined to throw a no-hitter on the way to a 10-0 home victory over Canada’s Douglas College.

Plouck earned the win, going six innings with seven strikeouts.

Three sophomores hit triples. Kellen Marruffo hit an RBI triple in the third inning. A.J. Acosta opened the fourth inning with a triple and Jorge Maldonado Jr. followed with an RBI triple.

The Aztecs scored four runs in the fifth inning to take control. Sophomores Acosta, James Lynch and Cooper Smith and freshman Brandon Burke all drove in runs.

Acosta finished 2 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Maldonado Jr. went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore Devon Carrillo was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

The Aztecs also enjoyed dominant pitching on March 14 in a 10-0 home victory over Miles Community College.

Rosebeck went seven innings, racking up 12 strikeouts and giving up just two hits.

The Aztecs had five players with at least two hits.

Sophomore Steven Still was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Smith went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

In a doubleheader on March 13, the Aztecs played two very different games.

In the first game against Northeastern Oklahoma, the Aztecs tried to come back from a seven-run deficit but came up two runs short. They dropped the game by a score of 7-5. Freshman Ruben Bracamontes went 1-2 in the game and had three RBIs.

Pima won the second game 26-0 over Pro Training Baseball Academy.

The Aztecs rallied early for eight runs in the fourth inning, then cruised to an easy win. Freshman Marcel Renteria improved his record to 4-2 after going four innings, giving up two hits and no runs.

The Aztecs beat Northeastern Junior College 5-2 at home on March 12.

Freshman Ryan Norrix pitched  a complete game. He gave up two runs and six hits to get his first win of the season.

Lynch, Still and freshman Trey Stine each had an RBI and a run scored.

 

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Photo taken by: Nellie Silva/Aztec Press

 Sophomore Ethan Rosebeck throws a pitch in Pima’s 10-0 win March 14.
 
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