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Ex-Pima athletes sign with universities

Ex-Pima athletes sign with universities

By DIEGO LOZANO III

Pima Community College’s fall sports teams have kicked off their seasons, which means new student-athletes have arrived to fill the void of past student alumni.

A number of former Aztecs will equally fill the void for universities at the next level. Here’s a look at some key signings that took place over the summer.

Softball Former Aztec slugger Alexis Dotson will stay local but receive an opportunity to shine under the bright lights of Hillenbrand Stadium as an Arizona Wildcat. Dotson was selected as an NJCAA First-Team All-American during Pima’s 2014 campaign. Stacey Ramirez, a former Pima shortstop, will head to Canyon, Texas, to play for the West Texas A&M Buffaloes.

Baseball Former baseball players Cole Plouck and Kellen Marruffo will not only continue their careers as student-athletes but potentially as professionals. Plouck was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 16th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. He signed a letter of intent to play at Florida International University. Marruffo was also named First-Team All-ACCAC. He will suit up for the University of Utah.

Basketball Women’s basketball made a strong run during last season’s ACCAC playoffs, but many of the team’s main contributors will not be on the Aztec bench in 2014. Alicia Jones has relocated to Tallahassee to play for Florida A&M University. At Pima, Jones averaged 14 points. Her former teammate Raja Moreno-Ross will be across the globe at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Moreno-Ross was named a NJCAA First-Team All-American last season.

On the men’s side, Shakir Smith led the NJCAA Division II in scoring with more than 29 points per game. Against Phoenix College, the eventual Division II national champions, Smith racked up 54 points in Pima’s thrilling overtime 108-104 loss. Smith should prep for a cold winter at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo.

Raja Moreno-Ross (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

Raja Moreno-Ross (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

 

Smith is headed to Adams state in Colorado

Smith is headed to Adams state in Colorado

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SOFTBALL: Pima drops EAC doubleheader

SOFTBALL: Pima drops EAC doubleheader

By BETO HOYOS

Pima Community College’s softball team took on Eastern Arizona College on April 22 and dropped the doubleheader.

The Aztecs dropped the first game 5-2 after Eastern took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

In the fourth inning, Pima got on the board with a solo shot from sophomore Danielle Stensby.

Stensby finished the game 2 for 4 with an RBI and freshman Alexis Dotson was also 2 for 4 with a run scored.

The second game saw no rally for the Aztecs as they fell to Eastern 9-5.

In the fifth inning, the Aztecs found themselves down 4-0 before putting up three runs with the help of Dotson’s RBI single.

Freshman Taylor Fabing hit an RBI single in the sixth and sophomore Stacey Ramirez hit an RBI double in the seventh, but the rally ultimately fell short.

Dotson and Ramirez both finished 1 for 3 with an RBI.

On April 19, the Aztecs dropped a tough doubleheader on the road when they took on Central Arizona College.

In the first game, the Aztecs were shut out 8-0 in six innings.

“It seems like there’s always one piece missing,” sophomore Victoria Mariscal said. “Timely hitting is what we call it,” she added.

Freshman Celina Martinez pitched five and one third innings in relief. Martinez allowed three runs on seven hits and picked up one strikeout.

Mariscal and sophomore Stacey Ramirez both went 1 for 2.

The second game was also tough for the Aztecs, as they lost 10-2 in five innings.

Freshman Briana Urquidez took the loss and freshman Brianna Quiroz pitched one inning in relief and gave up six runs.

Central Arizona scored four runs in the first inning then five runs in the second inning. The Aztecs scored their two runs in the third inning.

Freshman Paige Castro hit an RBI single to score sophomore Valerie Luera.

The Aztecs took on Paradise Valley Community College on April 13 and split the doubleheader.

In the first game, the Aztecs were not all there defensively, committing three errors on the way to the 7-5 loss.

“If we wouldn’t have had that inning with all the errors we would’ve won,” Mariscal said.

Heading into the fifth inning, the Aztecs held a 2-0 lead.

“If our hitting is great our defense is off, and if our defense is on our hitting is off,” Mariscal said. “We just got to pull it all together and we’ll be unstoppable.”

The Aztecs came back focused in the second game to pick up a 9-1 win.

In the first inning, the Aztecs got down to business and quickly scored three runs.

“We have a great hitting team but we can never seem to all hit at the same time,” Mariscal said.

Fabing had a good game as she had an RBI double in the fifth inning and a two-run RBI single in the sixth.

Mariscal was 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

Sophomore Stephanie Vejar was named ACCAC Division I Pitcher of the Week April 9-14. She tallied 2 wins, 1 save and a strikeout in 9 innings of work,

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Sophomore Victoria Mariscal Slams a hit during March 20 home game.
(Nellie Silva/ Aztec Press)

 

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SOFTBALL: Pima loses tough doubleheader

SOFTBALL: Pima loses tough doubleheader

By BETO HOYOS

Pima Community College’s softball team dropped a doubleheader against Phoenix College on April 8 at the West Campus.

The losses left the Aztecs’ season record at 21-22 overall, 16-16 in conference.
Pima lost the first game 7-4.

The Aztecs found themselves down 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but freshman Alexis Dotson hit a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The Aztecs tied the game in the fourth inning with the help of sophomore Victoria Mariscal, who hit an RBI single that drove in sophomore Valerie Luera. Freshman Brianna Quiroz hit an RBI single that drove in Mariscal, and tied the game at 3-3.

Phoenix College regained the lead in the fifth inning and scored two runs in the seventh inning.
Dotson and Mariscal both finished the game 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Luera went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a double.

The Aztecs lost the second game 10-1.

They once again fell behind early and found themselves down by four in the first inning. They gave up another four runs again in the seventh inning.

Quiroz finished 1 for 3 with a run scored while Mariscal went 2 for 2 with a walk and a double.

Freshman Celina Martinez took the loss after giving up four runs and nine hits in four innings.

On April 5, the team did some spring cleaning and swept South Mountain Community College.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Aztecs held off a late rally for a 6-4 win.

Dotson finished the game 2 for 3 with three stolen bases, three runs scored and a double.
Luera went 1 for 2 with three RBIs, while freshman Jackie Hernandez went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Aztecs won the second game 11-7.

They opened the scoring with five first-inning runs. Luera and freshman Alyssa Montoya each hit two-run RBI singles, followed by an RBI double from Quiroz.

The Aztecs held a 6-0 lead going into the third inning but South Mountain came back to tie the game by the sixth inning.

Pima had an explosive five-run seventh inning to seal the sweep. After Dotson led off with a triple, Hernandez came up big with a triple of her own, scoring Dotson.

Luera went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored while Dotson finished the game 3 for 5 with three runs scored, a stolen base and a triple.

Sophomore Stephanie Vejar picked up the win pitching relief.

On April 1, Pima split a doubleheader with Glendale Community College.

The Aztecs lost the first game 14-6 in six innings.

Vejar took the loss. She gave up four runs in one and two-thirds innings.

In the second game, the Aztecs used an explosive seven-run third inning and added four runs in the sixth inning to earn a 11-3 win.

Luera finished the game 2 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Mariscal went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a run scored.

On March 29, the Aztecs swept Mesa Community College.

Pima won the first game 7-0.

Luera began the offensive outpour with a two-run home run in the first inning.

In the third inning, freshman Taylor Fabing hit an RBI double that put the Aztecs up 3-0.

In the sixth inning, the Aztecs scored three runs, including an RBI double by Mariscal.
Vejar picked up her eighth win.

Dotson finished 3 for 3 with three runs scored and a triple. Luera finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Fabing went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Mariscal finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Aztecs won the second game 11-0 in five innings.

Dotson was named ACCAC Player of the Week for the week of March 24-30.

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Sophomore Stacey Ramirez rounds third in a March 30 home game. (Nellie Silva/Aztec Press)

 

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SOFTBALL: Pima dominates Mesa CC

SOFTBALL: Pima dominates Mesa CC

By ANDREW PAXTON

Pima Community College swept Mesa Community College off the softball diamond, crushing them in both games of a doubleheader on March 29 at West Campus.

The Aztecs pitched shutouts in both outings. They earned a 7-0 victory in their first game and won the second match 11-0 in only 5 innings.

Sophomore Stephanie Vejar notched her eighth win of the season in the first game, giving up only two hits over seven innings.

In the second match, freshman Celina Martinez took the win, striking out four batters in four innings.

Freshman Alexis Dotson finished the day 7-7 from the plate, including a triple and three runs scored in the first game and 3 RBIs in the second.

The Aztecs have won 10 of their last 11 games and are now .500 in conference play (18-19, 13-13 in conference).

PCC will host Glendale Community College in a conference doubleheader on April 1 at West Campus. The games will begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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SOFTBALL: Pima sweeps El Paso Community College

SOFTBALL: Pima sweeps El Paso Community College

By BETO HOYOS

Pima Community College’s softball team traveled to Texas on March 25, and the Aztecs picked up a sweep against El Paso Community College.

In the first game, the Aztecs broke things open with four runs in the fifth inning, taking a 9-3 lead en route to an 11-6 victory.

Sophomore Valerie Luera and freshman Taylor Fabing showed off their power with back-to-back jacks. Luera had a two-run homer and Fabing had a solo shot.

Freshman Alexis Dotson finished the game 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two stolen bases. Dotson finished with six RBIs.

Freshman Celina Martinez earned the win, improving her record to 4-9. Martinez had two strikeouts in four innings.

In the second game, the Aztecs put up more than a dozen runs and won 13-5.

Dotson finished 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two doubles.

Luera finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a triple and sophomore Stacey Ramirez finished 2 for 3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.

“We’re coming together and hitting and not leaving anyone on base,” Ramirez said. “We’re getting the little stuff done.”

On March 22, the Aztecs split a doubleheader against Scottsdale Community College.

They won the first game 4-2, after Luera crushed a game-winning two-run home run.

Fabing got the game started with an RBI single in the first inning to claim a 1-0 lead. Scottsdale tied the game in the second inning, but freshman Jackie Hernandez hit an RBI single to reclaim the Aztecs’ lead.

Freshman Alexis Dotson finished the game 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Martinez picked up her third win of the season after throwing three innings in relief of sophomore Stephanie Vejar.

The Aztecs saw a six-game winning streak come to an end in the second game. The game was close throughout, but the Aztecs could not withstand a late Scottsdale rally.

Martinez took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits.

On March 20, the team scored 22 runs in a sweep of GateWay Community College.

In the first game, the Aztecs scored in every inning for a 10-1 victory.

Vejar picked up her seventh win of the season, allowing one run on four hits. She had one strikeout and two walks.

Hernandez, sophomore Danielle Stensby, Luera, Dotson, sophomore Victoria Mariscal, freshman Perla Munoz and sophomore Mariah Rodriguez all recorded hits.

The Aztecs won the second game 12-7. Freshman Brianna Quiroz earned her third win of the season and freshman Brianna Urquidez picked up the save.

On March 18, Pima swept a doubleheader against Chandler-Gilbert Community College. On March 14, Pima snapped an 11-game losing streak during the Deanna Mauer Classic in Casa Grande.

Pima lost its first game of the day to Howard College of Texas, 7-4.

 

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Sophomore standout Valerie Luera waits for a pitch against Central Arizona College.
(Aztec Press Photo by Nellie Silva)

 

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SOFTBALL: Struggles continue

SOFTBALL: Struggles continue

By BETO HOYOS

The struggles continued for Pima Community College’s softball team March 11 as the Aztecs took on Western Arizona College and dropped both games of a doubleheader.

The Aztecs lost the first game 6-5.

Freshman Celina Martinez took the loss after pitching in relief dropping her record to 2-7.

Sophomore Valerie Luera went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, while freshman Alexis Dotson went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases.

The Aztecs lost the second game 14-2.

Western scored six runs in the third inning and four runs in the fifth to pull away from the Aztecs.

The Aztecs’ only offense came in the first inning off of a RBI single by sophomore Danielle Stensby RBI and in the fourth inning.

Stensby went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Dotson finished 2 for 3.

On March 8, the Aztecs were swept in a doubleheader against Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.

Sophomore Stephanie Vejar took the loss, dropping her record to 5-6 on the season.

“Yeah, I mean it does get frustrating but I know I can trust my teammates behind me to back me up,” Vejar said.

Eastern broke the 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning.

The Aztecs tried to mount a comeback in the seventh inning but the rally was halted after two runs crossed the plate.

Dotson went 2 for 3 with an RBI, a run scored and a triple while fellow freshman Jackie Hernandez finished the game going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Sophomore Stacey Ramirez finished the first game 2 for 3 with a run scored.

The Aztecs could not gain any momentum in the second game and the struggles were clear from the start. The second game lasted only five innings as the Aztecs were swept 8-0.

Martinez gave up seven runs on eight hits and picked up her sixth loss this season dropping her record to 2-6.

“One thing I’ve learned from my teammates is to always trust them behind me like they trust me,” Martinez said.

Hernandez and sophomore Valerie Luera each went 1 for 3 in the game.

On March 4, Pima dropped two games against Central Arizona College despite strong offensive performances by the Aztecs.

In the first game, Central took eight innings to defeat the Aztecs 10-8.

The Aztecs finished with four errors, all made in the infield.

“There were just too many little mistakes,” Ramirez said. “We’re all really talented, sometimes we all have off games.”

Freshman Brianna Quiroz had two RBIs and scored a run. Dotson went 3 for 5 with a triple and an RBI.

In the second game, the Aztecs were down early but rallied when freshman Paige Castro crushed a three-run RBI double tying the game at five.

Central responded with one run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh innings, and came away with an 8-5 win.

Castro finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and sophomore Valerie Luera went 2 for 3 with two RBI’s.

“We’re playing like an open hand when we need to come together as a fist,” Ramirez said.

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Freshman Briana Urquldez throws a pitch in Pima’s loss to Central Arizona College on March 4. (Aztec Press photo by Jaime Hernandez)

 

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March 14-15: @ Central Arizona Tournament, Coolidge, times TBA

March 18: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, 1 p.m.

March 20: Gateway CC, West Campus, 1 p.m.

March 22: Scottsdale CC, West Campus, noon.

March 25: @ El Paso CC, El Paso, Texas, noon.

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SOFTBALL: Team goes through highs and lows

By BETO HOYOS

Pima Community College’s softball team had their bats go quiet again Paradise Valley Community College on Feb. 25.

The Aztecs managed one run during the doubleheader, dropping the first game 9-1 in five innings. Sophomore Stephanie Vejar gave up seven runs in two and two-thirds innings, taking the loss.

Pima fought hard in the follow-up contest, taking a scoreless tie into the ninth inning before Paradise Valley scored for a 1-0 victory.

On Feb. 22, the team was swept by Phoenix College in a doubleheader.

In the first game, the Aztecs gave up six runs in the fourth inning. The next three innings were rough as well and they lost10-2.

In the second game, the Aztecs took a quick 1-0 lead off the RBI single of sophomore Valerie Luera, who finished 3 for 3.

“We hit really well against their ace but the slow pitchers really kill us,” sophomore Stacey Ramirez said.

Sophomore Stephanie Vejar took the loss, dropping her record to 5-3.

On Feb. 18, the Aztecs hosted their home opener and swept South Mountain Community College.

It took the Aztecs just five innings to win the first game of the doubleheader. The Aztecs exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning, topping South Mountain 11-0.

Sophomore Danielle Stensby and freshman Alexis Dotson each had two-run RBI singles in the fourth inning. Freshman Jackie Hernandez joined the offensive showcase with a RBI triple.

Ramirez finished 3 for 3 with a run scored.

“The first game was the game you wanted to watch,” Ramirez said.

Vejar picked up her fifth win of the season, throwing a three-hitter with one strikeout.

“When we hit and our pitchers are on, we’re unstoppable,” Ramirez said.

The second game against South Mountain didn’t provide the same type of offense.

Freshman Taylor Fabing provided a solo shot to center in the third inning to give the Aztecs a 4-0 lead. South Mountain tried to come back, but Pima held on to win 4-2.

On Feb. 15, PCC visited Glendale Community College for a doubleheader.

The Aztecs had an explosive seventh inning in the first game, scoring six runs. Vejar picked up the win, allowing one run, six hits and one strikeout.

Sophomore Victoria Mariscal went 2 for 4 with a fifth-inning home run, and freshman Alexis Dotson finished the game 4 for 5 with an RBI and a double.

In the second game, the Aztecs scored five runs in the first inning. The big lead didn’t last, as Glendale began to slowly chip away at the deficit for a 8-6 win. Freshman Brianna Quiroz took the loss.

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March 1: El Paso CC, West Campus, noon

March 4: Central Arizona College, West Campus, 1 p.m.

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Ramirez Destined for Softball

By BETO HOYOS

Pima Community College sophomore shortstop Stacey Ramirez has been passionate about sports.

Growing up in the small town of Benson, Ariz., Ramirez participated in several sports including softball, basketball and soccer.

Her talent in softball began to blossom in 7th grade when she began playing for an amateur softball association team, which allowed her to travel to California and Hawaii.

By her sophomore year at Benson High School, Ramirez was convinced that softball was something she could ride to college on.

“By my sophomore year we were already getting recruited by Phoenix College,” Ramirez said. “I went to a small school so it was easy to stand out.”

During high school there was never any doubt in Ramirez’s ability and that she would become a college student athlete. The only question was what sport she would choose to participate in.

“I can’t really see myself without softball you know,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez’s teammates enjoy her on the field attitude and her work ethic. Her hard work seems to rub off on her team and it can seem infectious.

“She’s such a great teammate and such a hard worker,” teammate Victoria Mariscal said. “Even more than me.”

Ramirez says that without her family and without her faith in God all her success wouldn’t be possible.

“The things that are most important to me and come before anything are God and my family,” Ramirez said. “My family is everything to me and is exactly what keeps me going.”

Ramirez was raised Christian and grew up being an involved member of her church.

“Growing up I’d go to youth groups, church camp, the whole nine yards,” Ramirez said.

Growing up in a small town Ramirez knew a lot of members of the community, including a lot of kids and early on she knew she would be a role model.

“We had a lot of little girls look up to us and I didn’t want to give us a bad name,” Ramirez said.

In a small town such as Benson word of any wrong doings can get around very quickly, so Ramirez said in High School she would hardly go out and party or do anything that would cast a negative light.

The sophomore shortstop says being a good role model is not that difficult as long as you stay true to yourself.

“A good role model is somebody who represents themselves in a positive way,” Ramirez said.

As for future career endeavors, Ramirez is not exactly sure what she wants to pursuit.

“I get really bored really fast, and I want to be successful,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez says she thinks a career in criminal justice would be interesting or working for the DEA as well.

“It’d be cool to work for the border patrol, but more like the intelligence portion,” Ramirez said.

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SOFTBALL: Pima falls in thriller, takes third at nationals

SOFTBALL: Pima falls in thriller, takes third at nationals

Players and coaches on the Pima Community College softball team shows off their third-place trophy at nationals. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

Players and coaches on the Pima Community College softball team show off their third-place trophy at nationals. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

By STEVE CHOICE

The Pima Community College softball team (50-19) capped off a stellar season with a deep run in the NJCAA playoffs in St. George, Utah, on May 18.

The Aztecs fell 8-5 in 12 innings to eventual runner-up Salt Lake Community College, assuring them of a third-place finish in the tourney.

Salt Lake scored a pair of runs in the top of the 10th to go up 3-1, but Pima wasn’t ready to go back to Arizona. With runners on second and third, sophomore Cynthia Pelayo hit a sacrifice fly to plate one.

The Salt Lake catcher misplayed the throw on the play, and freshman pinch-runner Corrie Ward hustled around to make it 3-3.

Salt Lake again struck with a run in the 11th, and again PCC responded. Sophomore Aubre Carpenter drove in fellow sophomore Alejandra Ortiz with a sac fly to knot it at four apiece.

The coup de grace came for PCC in the 12th, when Salt Lake’s Malia Campos hit a bases-loaded, inside-the-park home run to make it 8-4. The Aztecs managed a run in their half of the frame, but it wasn’t enough.

“The girls gave blood, heart and soul,” head coach Armando Quiroz said after the game.

Quiroz pointed to sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez as one reason the Aztecs advanced as far as they did.

Alvarez pitched 35 of the 38 innings PCC played at the tournament, going 4-2 with a shutout and 26 Ks. On offense, she was 7 for 17 and tied the NJCAA national-tournament record with four homers and nine RBIs.

The Indiana State-bound ace was recently named a first-team All-American.

Alvarez and Ortiz were also named to the All-Tournament team. Ortiz went 9 for 22 with two homers, seven RBIs and five runs scored.

Alejandra Ortiz and Yvette Alvarez display their All-Tournament medals. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

Alejandra Ortiz and Yvette Alvarez display their All-Tournament medals. (Photo courtesy of PCC)

Freshman Victoria Mariscal also had an excellent tournament, finishing 7 for 19 with a homer, three doubles and seven RBIs.

If the Aztecs had defeated Salt Lake, they would’ve then needed to beat eventual champion Wallace State Community College (Ala.) twice for the crown.

On May 17, the Aztecs played three contests, going 2-1.

PCC began the day by falling 8-6 to Wallace State, as the Lions struck for six runs in the fifth inning.

Pima bounced back with a 13-3 pasting of Lake Land College (Ill.) in its second game. Sophomore Shawna Comeaux went 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

In its final contest of the day, PCC dropped Butler Community College (Kan.) 6-3. Alvarez went the distance on the mound and also hit a two-run round-tripper. Freshman Danielle Stensby added an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Pima defeated Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 4-0 on May 16. The Aztecs opened the tournament by defeating Paris Junior College (Texas) 6-4 on May 15.

The Aztecs punched their ticket to nationals by twice defeating host and No. 1 seed Central Arizona College on May 4.

The regionals title was the second in a row for a PCC squad that had won 19 of its last 20.

Alvarez, who went  29-12 in the regular season, also did something for the second year in a row, which was win the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament. The Sahuarita High product went 3-0 on the mound, including two complete-game shutouts.

“It felt good to win it again,” Alvarez said. “I felt more relaxed.”

Alvarez struck out ACCAC Player of the Year Jessica Loiacano in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the 6-5 victory, sending Pima to nationals.

The Aztecs erased an early 2-0 deficit with third-inning RBIs by Ortiz and Pelayo. The pair was just getting started, though.

Pelayo then put the Aztecs on top with a two-run triple in the fourth, and Ortiz brought her around with her second double of the contest, giving Pima a 5-2 lead.

PCC held off the Roughriders to claim the win.

Pima blanked Central 6-0 to start the day, as sophomore Noelle Medina and Mariscal each went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The second win over Central was Quiroz’s 300th in six seasons at the helm for Pima. He now stands at 304-73-1.

PCC began the tourney on May 3 by defeating Eastern Arizona College 4-0.

Next year, Pima will return eight team members off its current 16-player roster.

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SOFTBALL: Pima finishes stellar campaign

SOFTBALL: Pima finishes stellar campaign

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Sophomore Yvette Alvarez

By ROSE VALENZUELA

The Pima Community College softball team (43-17, 35-13 ACCAC) finished its regular season with an April 27 doubleheader sweep of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on the road. Pima won 11-0 and 10-9.

Sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez (26-12) closed out the regular season campaign with a pair of victories on the bump.

Alvarez also had a three-run double in the second inning of game one to stake the Aztecs to an early advantage. She went 2 for 2 with three RBIs in the contest.

Sophomore Shawna Comeaux finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a run scored.

In game two, PCC had to rally from behind three times as a four-run seventh helped decide the affair.

Sophomore Alejandra Ortiz went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while freshman Stacey Ramirez was 3 for 3 with three runs scored.

On April 23, Pima annihilated GateWay Community College at home, winning 21-2 and 20-2.

Alvarez went an astounding 7 for 8 from the plate, knocking four over the fence and collecting 12 RBIs. She also hit a double and a triple.

Sophomore Noelle Medina had her own offensive explosion, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Comeaux was 2 for 2.

In game two, sophomore Aubre Carpenter was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and freshman Victoria Mariscal went 2 for 2 with a pair of runs batted in.

PCC split a home doubleheader against Arizona Western College on April 20, as the squad honored its outgoing players with Sophomore Day.

The sophomores recognized were Gemma Contreras, Cynthia Pelayo, Ortiz, Medina, Carpenter, Alvarez and Comeaux.

The Aztecs won the first game 3-2 as Alvarez pitched a complete game, giving up only two earned runs on 11 hits and striking out seven.

Ramirez scored the winning run in the seventh inning after she went in to pinch-run.

The Aztecs lost the second game 2-1. Contreras finished 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Alvarez took her first loss on the mound since March 19.

Despite the loss, Alvarez was named ACCAC Division I Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 15-21. In that time, she pitched 27 innings with a 1.67 ERA and 15 strikeouts. It was her third consecutive week winning the honor.

Freshman Danielle Stensby took home Player of the Week honors for the same time period, as she went 5 for 10 with two RBIs, two doubles, two walks and three runs scored.

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SOFTBALL: Queens of the road keep winning

SOFTBALL: Queens of the road keep winning

By ROSE VALENZUELA

The Pima Community College softball team (38-16, 30-12 ACCAC) notched its sixth consecutive road sweep and won its 12th straight overall by taking a pair from Eastern Arizona College on April 16.

The triumphs enabled PCC to move into a second-place tie in the conference.

Sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez earned both wins on the bump to run her season mark to 21-11. She pitched seven innings with no earned runs in PCC’s 3-1 win in the first contest.

Sophomore Noelle Medina got things started with a solo round-tripper in the second inning, while sophomore Alejandra Ortiz and Alvarez also had RBIs.

In game two, the Aztecs’ offense exploded for a 9-1 victory. PCC had seven doubles in the win, including four in a five-run sixth inning.

Sophomore Aubre Carpenter finished 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI, while freshman Danielle Stensby went 3 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in.

Pima swept Central Arizona Community College at home on April 13. Carpenter was clutch, going 5 for 8 with three RBIs on the day.

Alvarez went the distance in the first game, as the Aztecs won 8-0 in five innings.

In the second game, PCC got out of the gate with three quick runs, then held on to win 3-1.

Medina went 2 for 3 with two RBIs in the contest, while Alvarez had seven strikeouts and one walk.

The women earned a road sweep at GateWay Community College on April 11.

Ortiz had a successful doubleheader, finishing 3 for 7 with four RBIs.

The Aztecs won the first game 5-2 in eight innings, as Alvarez pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run and striking out two.

The second game was also good to the Aztecs, as they claimed a 10-3 victory.

In the fifth inning, sophomore Gemma Contreras and Medina showed their leadership with RBI singles to build Pima’s lead.

The Aztecs couldn’t have won without freshman pitcher Stephanie Vejar, who earned the win after surrendering only three runs on eight hits and three strikeouts.

On April 6, PCC took a pair at Paradise Valley Community College, 10-2 and 13-2.

Alvarez again picked up two victories on the mound, as the Pima offense erupted for 23 total runs of support.

PCC swept Scottsdale Community College 5-2 and 10-3 on the road on April 4.

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SOFTBALL: Ortiz powers Pima sweep in Phoenix

SOFTBALL: Ortiz powers Pima sweep in Phoenix

By ROSE VALENZUELA

The Phoenix College softball team was probably happy to see Aztecs player Alejandra Ortiz board the bus to head back to Tucson on April 2.

The sophomore was a one-person demolition crew for the Pima Community College squad (28-16, 20-12 ACCAC), as it easily swept Phoenix.

Ortiz went 6 for 8 on the day with eight RBIs, five runs scored and a pair of homers.

The Aztecs took game one 9-0, as sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez tossed five innings of no-hit ball to improve to 13-11 on the campaign.

PCC pounded the Bears 13-8 in the second game. Ortiz nearly hit for the cycle, collecting a double, a triple and a home run in the contest.

Freshman hurler Corrie Ward picked up the victory to run her season mark to 4-1. Freshman Stephanie Vejar earned the save.

The team split a home doubleheader against South Mountain Community College on March 30.

Pima won the first game 7-2, as Alvarez pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and no walks.

Sophomores Noelle Medina and Shawna Comeaux contributed RBIs to help the Aztecs open the lead in the sixth inning.

Medina hit a two-run double, and Comeaux had an RBI single to make it 6-2. Freshman Danielle Stensby then knocked in Comeaux on a sac fly to account for the final run.

The Aztecs fell 11-4 in the second game. Vejar took the loss after pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Pima took a pair from Glendale Community College on March 26. Alvarez picked up both wins on the hill in the road sweep.

After Glendale had swept the Aztecs in a February doubleheader, Pima didn’t waste any time in taking its revenge. PCC scored 10 runs in the first inning of game one, and cruised to a 14-1 victory in five innings.

Ortiz had a pair of two-run hits in the first inning as PCC batted around. Sophomores Gemma Contreras and Aubre Carpenter each had a pair of RBIs in the frame as well.

Medina launched a three-run home run in the third inning.

PCC won the second game 8-0 in six innings. Alvarez had a great game, recording six strikeouts and one walk. She also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, finishing 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Comeaux and freshman Stacey Ramirez also contributed RBIs to help the Aztecs pull out the win.

On March 23, PCC split a road double-dip with Mesa Community College. Pima won game one 3-0, as Alvarez threw a complete-game shutout. Mesa took the second contest 6-2.

The Aztecs will be on the road to face Scottsdale Community College on April 4. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

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SOFTBALL: Pima splits with South Mountain

SOFTBALL: Pima splits with South Mountain

By ROSE VALENZUELA

The Pima Community College softball team (26-16, 18-12 ACCAC) split a home doubleheader with South Mountain Community College on March 30.

PCC took game one 7-2, as sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez won her fourth consecutive decision. Alvarez (12-11) went the distance, giving up two runs on six hits and four strikeouts. She didn’t allow a walk in the contest.

Sophomore Noelle Medina hit a two-run double, while sophomore Gemma Contreras went 2 for 3 with a double and two stolen bases.

Freshman Stephanie Vejar (11-4) took the loss in the second game, as South Mountain prevailed 3-1.

Sophomore Aubre Carpenter was 3 for 3 from the plate.

PCC turned the tables on Glendale Community College on March 26, going on the road to sweep the Gauchos 14-1 and 8-0.

Glendale had swept the Aztecs in Tucson on Feb. 9.

Alvarez picked up a pair of victories.

Sophomore catcher Alejandra Ortiz had two RBI singles in the first inning of game one, and finished with four RBIs. Medina launched a three-run bomb in the third inning to put Pima up 13-1.

In game two, Alvarez went the distance, striking out six and walking one. She also went 3 for 4 from the plate, including a solo round-tripper in the fourth inning.

Sophomore Shawna Comeaux went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while freshman Stacey Ramirez swiped three bases.

Pima split a road doubleheader against Yavapai College on March 19, losing the first contest 3-2 before coming back to stomp the Roughriders 14-3 in game two.

Though she went the distance, Alvarez took the loss in the first game, giving up three earned runs on seven hits. She struck out four, and dropped to 8-11 on the season.

PCC exploded with three homers in the second contest, and scored six runs in the third and fifth innings.

Medina started the carousel with a two-run bomb in the first. She also had a double and scored two runs in the game.

Sophomores Cynthia Pelayo and Ortiz also went deep for Pima.

Vejar notched her 10th victory against just two losses this season, giving up three runs on six hits.

PCC took part in the Deanna Mauer Classic in Casa Grande on March 15-16. The Aztecs split a pair of games on the second day.

The Aztecs dropped their first game 4-2 in extra innings to Clackamas County Community College (Ore.).

Freshman Stephanie Ramirez drove in Medina in the seventh to knot it at two, but Pima couldn’t hold off Clackamas.

Medina was 2 for 3 with two runs scored in the game. Alvarez absorbed the loss on the mound.

In game two, Pima downed Odessa College (Texas) by a final of 6-1.

Freshman pitcher Corrie Ward went the distance to run her mark to 2-1 on the year. Ward gave up one run on nine hits, striking out four and walking two.

Freshman Alyssa Guevara stroked a two-run RBI double in the fifth inning, while Alvarez went deep with a two-run bomb in the sixth.

Pelayo went 3 for 3 with a double in the contest.

On March 15, Howard College (Texas) blanked PCC 2-0 in the Aztecs’ first game of the day.

Alvarez had a good outing, but took the loss after surrendering two solo home runs. She gave up four hits and fanned five.

Pima only managed three hits against the stingy Howard pitching.

In its second game, PCC lost to Illinois Central College 5-3. Alvarez took the loss after coming in to relieve Vejar.

PCC scored a home sweep over Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 12.

In game one, the Aztecs turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth. PCC held on to win by the same score.

Alvarez picked up the win on the mound. She gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out five.

PCC pounded the visitors 12-1 in the second contest, as Vejar notched the victory.

Carpenter had a two-run RBI triple, and also scored twice. Alvarez went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a pair of walks.

 

ON DECK

April 2:  @ Phoenix College, 1 p.m.

 

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SOFTBALL: Aztecs split games in Casa Grande

SOFTBALL: Aztecs split games in Casa Grande

By ROSE VALENZUELA

The Pima Community College softball team stands at 19-13 overall and 13-9 in the conference after splitting a pair of games at the Deanna Mauer Classic in Casa Grande on March 16.

The Aztecs dropped their first game of the day 4-2 in extra innings to Clackamas County Community College (Ore.).

Freshman Stephanie Ramirez drove in sophomore Noelle Medina in the seventh to knot it at two, but Pima couldn’t hold off Clackamas.

Medina was 2 for 3 with two runs scored in the game. On the mound, sophomore Yvette Alvarez absorbed the loss to drop to 8-10 on the year.

In game two, Pima downed Odessa College (Texas) by a final of 6-1.

Freshman pitcher Corrie Ward went the distance to run her mark to 2-1 on the year. Ward gave up one run on nine hits, striking out four and walking two.

Freshman Alyssa Guevara stroked a two-run RBI double in the fifth inning, while Alvarez went deep with a two-run bomb in the sixth.

Sophomore Cynthia Pelayo went 3 for 3 with a double in the contest.

On March 15, Howard College (Texas) blanked PCC 2-0 in the Aztecs’ first game of the day.

Alvarez had a good outing, but took the loss after surrendering two solo home runs. She gave up four hits and fanned five.

Pima only managed three hits against stingy Howard pitching.

In its second game, PCC lost to Illinois Central College 5-3. Alvarez took the loss after coming in to relieve freshman Stephanie Vejar.

PCC scored a home sweep over Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 12.

In game one, the Aztecs turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth. PCC held on to win by the same score.

Alvarez picked up the win on the mound. She gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out five.

PCC pounded the visitors 12-1 in the second contest, as Vejar notched the victory. She stands at 9-2 for the season.

Sophomore shortstop Aubre Carpenter had a two-run RBI triple, and also scored twice. Alvarez went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a pair of walks.

PCC split a road doubleheader against Arizona Western College on March 5. The Aztecs fell 5-4 in game one, then came back to take the second game 10-3.

Carpenter’s RBI double gave Pima a 4-3 lead in the top half of the seventh in the first contest, but Western came back with a pair in the bottom half of the inning to win it.

Alvarez took the loss on the mound.

PCC exploded for four runs in both the third and fourth frames in game two, as sophomore outfielder Gemma Contreras went 4 for 4 from the plate.

Pelayo finished 3 for 5, and swiped two bases. Vejar was the winning pitcher.

The women dropped a home doubleheader against Eastern Arizona College on March 2, falling 3-1 and 11-1.

In game one, sophomore catcher Alejandra Ortiz got the Aztecs on the board in the sixth inning with an RBI single, bringing in Pelayo.

Alvarez was the losing pitcher.

In the second game, freshman Victoria Mariscal had the lone Pima RBI, knocking in Ortiz in the second inning.

Ward took the loss on the mound.

The women dropped two games on Feb. 26 at Central Arizona College.

The Aztecs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first game, but Central came back and defeated the visitors 4-3.

Pelayo had an RBI double and a run scored, and sophomore Shawna Comeaux hit a two-run double in the third inning.

Alvarez took the loss, giving up three earned runs and striking out four.

The Aztecs again had an early lead in the second game, but Central took another 4-3 decision.

Alvarez and Ortiz had RBIs in the second inning to stake PCC to a 2-0 advantage, and Ortiz later drove in Pima’s other run.

Central tallied three in the bottom of the fifth to salt it away.

Vejar went 4 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits.

On Feb. 23, the Aztecs swept Monroe College (New York) at home, 8-0 and 4-3.

Mariscal, Medina and freshman Danielle Stensby all had RBI doubles in the first contest.

Alvarez earned the victory, and Vejar picked up the save.

In game two, Ward pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win, giving up six hits and striking out two.

Alvarez ripped a two-run double in the first inning, and Pima held on for the victory.

PCC demolished Paradise Valley Community College at home on Feb. 19, scoring 33 runs in the double-dip sweep.

Pima won game one 18-1 in five innings, then came back to blast the visitors 15-7 in the second contest.

The Aztecs return to action on March 19 in Prescott against Yavapai College. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

ON DECK

March 19:  @ Yavapai College, Prescott, noon

 

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SOFTBALL: PCC gets off to a hot start

SOFTBALL: PCC gets off to a hot start

By ROSE VALENZUELA

Sophomore Amber Urias-Calvilo catches the ball to tag the runner at first base on Feb. 2. (Aztec Press photo by Rose Valenzuela)

Sophomore Amber Urias-Calvilo catches the ball to tag the runner at first base on Feb. 2. (Aztec Press photo by Rose Valenzuela)

The Pima Community College softball team is off and running in 2013. The Aztecs have bolted out to an 8-2 mark, including 5-1 in the ACCAC.PCC swept Mesa Community College at home on Feb. 5, 3-0 and 12-3.

Sophomore hurler Yvette Alvarez picked up the victory in game one to run her season mark to 4-2.

Sophomore catcher Alejandra Ortiz broke open a scoreless affair with a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to win it for Pima.

Alvarez belted a three-run homer in game two to stake the Aztecs to a 4-2 lead in the first. She went 3 for 3 on the game, with six RBIs. Gemma Contreras finished 3 for 3 in the game as well.

Pima split a pair at home against long-time rival Yavapai College on Feb. 2, losing 4-3 in the opener and taking the second game 7-5.

The Roughriders scored a pair in the bottom half of the 6th inning to provide their margin of victory in game one.

Alvarez pitched seven innings in the losing effort, striking out six and walking two.

Sophomore Noelle Medina finished 3 for 3 with a solo homer. Sophomore Cynthia Pelayo had a double and a run scored.

The second game had its own dramatics, but this time in the Aztecs’ favor.

With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 6th, Alvarez launched a two-run bomb to give Pima the lead.

Sophomore Shawna Comeaux and freshman Victoria Mariscal each had a double and a run scored in the game.

On Jan. 29, PCC roughed up Scottsdale Community College in a home doubleheader, 9-1 and 10-1.

Ortiz finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs in game one. Contreras went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Alvarez picked up the victory on the mound.

Freshman Danielle Stensby had a two-run RBI double in the second game, and freshman hurler Stephanie Vejar picked up the win.

The squad started off its season in Henderson, Nev., on Jan. 25-27, going 3-1 in a weekend tournament.

The Aztecs dominated in their first game, pounding El Paso Community College 17-6 on the first day. They also pulled out a 5-4 squeaker over Snow College (Utah) the same day.

Comeaux, Ortiz and Pelayo all had big days at the plate to help the Aztecs to the victories.

Comeaux went 4 for 4 against El Paso, including a three-run homer. She had four runs batted in and two runs scored for the game.

Ortiz also hit a home run, and Pelayo went 4 for 5 with three RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Alvarez and Pelayo provided big hits for the Aztecs to help them pull out the second game.

PCC’s Saturday games were cancelled due to weather, so the Aztecs had to wait until the next day to finish out the tournament.

They split their two games on the final day of the tourney.

The Aztecs destroyed Western Nevada College 20-2 to start the day.

Comeaux, Ortiz and Pelayo had another huge game, and Contreras went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Vejar pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits.

The Aztecs lost the second game 7-4 in extra innings against tournament host Southern Nevada College.

Pima returns to action at West Campus against Glendale Community College on Feb. 9.

ON DECK

Feb. 9:  Glendale CC, West Campus, noon

Feb. 12:  @ South Mountain CC, Phoenix, 1 p.m.

Feb. 16:  Phoenix College, West Campus, noon

Feb. 19:  Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, 1 p.m.

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