By CASEY MUSE JR
The Pima Community College softball team eased into the season with some key wins at the beginning of conference play. The Aztecs are striving for consistency in their pitching as well as trying to keep their bats healthy.
Jan. 31: PCC 0, Arizona Western 6 / PCC 5, Arizona Western 4
The Aztecs were able to split in their conference opener on the road against Arizona Western College.
Pima was shutout in the first game as the team was unable to earn any runs off of their seven hits.
Freshman Edith Prieto went two-for-three from the plate but was unable to parlay anything into a score. Arizona Western scored three runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth to bust the game open.
Sophomore Baily Critchlow took the loss in the game as she pitched five innings. She finished with eight hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
The Aztecs fell behind in the second game 2-0, but finally found some offense in the fifth inning as sophomore Margarita Corona hit a two-run RBI single to give PCC a 3-2 lead. The Aztecs would strengthen their lead to 5-3 before the end of the inning.
Freshman pitcher Mandy Lorenson finished her complete game with a strikeout on the final batter as Arizona Western left the tying runner stranded on third. Lorenson finished with six hits, seven strikeouts and five walks.
Feb. 4: PCC 13, Glendale 1 / PCC 5, Glendale 4
Pima earned a sweep in a home doubleheader against Glendale Community College. The Aztecs dominated the first game early, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings.
Critchlow threw the three innings, and picked up a win giving up one hit and no runs. Pima was solid in all aspects as they finished with a 13-1 win.
The second game was much closer as it took a game winning RBI double from Corona to seal it. The Aztecs had another solid start in this game, scoring two runs in the first inning.
Glendale would battle back to obtain the lead and set things up for Corona’s heroic moment in the end.
Critchlow picked up another win in a relief effort. She gave up no hits and earned a strikeout in the final two innings. Freshman Mandy Lorenson started the game and finished with eight hits, four strikeouts and four walks.
Feb. 7: PCC 9, Mesa 5 / PCC 12, Mesa 5
The Aztecs picked up another big sweep on the road this, as Pima was sharp in this conference meeting at Mesa.
The offense was big during the mid-innings in the first game as Freshman Alyssa Smith hit an RBI double in the fifth inning and Sophomore Gabriela Trejo cracked a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Trejo finished the contest three-for-four two RBIs and two runs scored.
Critchlow earned the win after pitching a complete game, finishing with nine hits, four strikeouts, and two walks.
The Aztecs were able to take a big lead in the second game during the fifth inning. Pima was up 5-4 at this point in the game but scored seven runs in the fifth to put the game away.
Freshman Hannah Freer got the win in a relief appearance. She pitched the final three innings and ended with four hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
Feb. 11: PCC 4, Yavapai College 12 / PCC 2, Yavapai College 15
It was a tough day for the Aztecs at home against Yavapai College. PCC gave up a total of 27 runs between two games and were never able to get anything going.
Yavapai started the first game hot and never looked back. The roughriders were able to score two runs in five of the seven innings played.
Sophomore Courtney Brown provided a bright spot for the Aztecs as she hit a solo home run in the third inning. Brown finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Critchlow took the loss as she pitched two innings and gave up four runs. Critchlow finished with six hits, one strikeout, and two walks.
The second game did not go any better as Yavapai scored five runs in the first inning and another six runs in the fifth to finish the dominant performance.
Freshman Mandy Lorenson took the loss after pitching two-thirds of an inning giving up five runs on five walks.
Feb. 14: PCC 3, Gateway 5 / PCC 12, Gateway 0
Pima was able to split with Gateway Community College at home.
The Aztecs fell behind early in the first game and were never able to quite catch up in the end. Critchlow took the loss pitching a complete game with five earned runs, eight hits, four strikeouts and two walks.
The second game was much different as PCC was able to jump out to an early lead themselves scoring eight runs in the first inning. Gateway was not able to recover. Sophomore Luisa Silvain earned the win as she pitched the whole game with two hits, three strikeouts and two walks.
Feb. 18: Central Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Feb. 21: Eastern Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Feb. 25: Scottsdale CC, West Campus, doubleheader 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Feb. 28: @Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, AZ, doubleheader 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
By CASEY MUSE JR
After a promising non-conference start to the season, the Pima Community College softball team opened conference play with a split at Arizona Western College in Yuma.
The No. 18-ranked Aztecs were held scoreless in the first game, but rallied in the second to take a 5-4 victory.
In the first game, Pima struggled to get the bats going, managing just seven hits. Freshman Edith Prieto led the team at the plate, batting 2-for-3.
Sophomore Margarita Corona led the Aztecs back in the second contest, batting 3-for-4 and driving in two runs. Freshman Mandy Lorenson was the winning pitcher, allowing four runs while striking out seven.
The softball team began its 2016-2017 season in the Southern Nevada Kick-Off Classic on Jan. 27, winning three of five games.
The Aztecs are coming off a productive 2015-16 campaign that saw them finish with an overall record of 47-19-1.
Pima fought its way last season to the Region I Division II championship game, where it fell to Phoenix College by a final score of 11-3. The team will be looking this season to reclaim that level of success and take the next step.
In 67 games last season, the Aztecs scored 523 runs with a .397 batting average and a .472 on-base percentage. They also cracked 38 home runs last season.
Sophomore Courtney Brown will look to improve upon her team-high 97 hits and 75 runs. Brown had the opportunity to emerge into a leadership role her freshman season, so now there are no surprises about her capabilities.
Corona and fellow sophomore Bailey Critchlow each posted 80 hits and 59 runs last season.
Critchlow will also be asked step up in the pitching department for the Aztecs, and may be the team’s ace. She appeared in 31 games last season and posted a record of 19-8 with an overall ERA of 4.50.
Fellow sophomore Luisa F. Silvain, returning after 29 game appearances in 2016, will also have an opportunity to step up as a pitcher. Last year, she posted a record of five wins and two losses and an overall ERA of 4.68.
On defense, the Aztecs return all three base players.
Sophomore Amy Pacheco returns for first base after appearing in 29 games last season.
Sophomore Gabriela Trejo will return to second after appearing in 56 games last season. Fellow sophomore Larissa Rodriguez will be back at third after appearing in 43 games last season.
Familiarity with teammates should be a huge advantage for the Aztecs this spring. Pima will look for another successful season under Coach Armando Quiroz, who won his 400th career game last season.
It is all about taking it one game at a time for the Aztecs, who opened the season ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA Poll.
Feb 4: Glendale CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon and 2 p.m.
Feb 7: at Mesa CC, doubleheader, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Feb 11: Yavapai College, West Campus, doubleheader, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
By JASON WEIR
The Pima Community College softball team finished second to Phoenix College in last year’s tournament.
They won the first two games, one against Phoenix, and needed only one more win for the title but lost two straight
games to the Phoenix Bears.
“Our sophomores and coaches still have a bitter taste,” head coach Armando Quiroz said. “I am hoping this will be a
motivating factor. Getting kicked in the gut is something you don’t forget.”
Maybe an even bigger factor will be the confidence the Aztecs have after they finished the season with four straight
They outscored their opponents 45-2 in those four games.
“I feel really confident about how we’re heading into the tournament,” freshman Bailey Critchlow said.
After a rough stretch where they went 2-4-1, the Aztecs finished the season 12-2 in their last 14 games.
“We are on a high right now and we are playing really relaxed and as a team,” Critchlow said. “It is a big change from
how we were in the middle (of the season). Everyone is picking each other up.”
Sophomore Odalis Orduno is also pleased with the team’s current play.
“We are on the right track and we’re ready for regionals,” Orduno said.
Orduno was named ACCAC Pitcher of the week for April 18-24. This is the fourth time she won the award this year.
“It feels like an accomplishment,” she said.
As much as PCC wants revenge against Phoenix, they will have to play Glendale Community College first when the
tourney starts May 5.
“Glendale is very tough, they’ve really improved,” Quiroz said. “We can’t look ahead to Phoenix or anyone else
because we have a tough first game.”
The Aztecs went 3-1 against the Gauchos this year, but split the last two games.
“They played us really tough the last time,” Critchlow said. “But because we are on such a roll right now I think we’re
good. We are in a really good place heading into the tournament.”
Phoenix will host South Mountain Community College in the double elimination tournament’s other game. The two
winners play each other with the winning team going to the finals, as Pima did last year.
Winning on the road is always a challenge.
“There are lots of factors and distractions playing there that we must overcome,” Quiroz said.
Sophomore Kalynn Martinez keeps it in perspective.
“It would be nice to be here for regionals, but at the end of the day it’s softball so you just go out and play,” she said.
“Whoever plays better is going to win.”
The confidence of the Aztecs may carry this team to a title.
Critchlow said the key is “staying confident throughout the whole thing. Every once in a while, especially against
Phoenix we can get down if they string a couple of hits together. We need to remember we are good. We can beat
For season results and stats, visit pimaaztecs.com.
The ACCAC Division II Regional Tournament is on May 6-7.
By JASON WEIR
Pima Community College (33-14, 21-11 in ACCAC) split their third straight doubleheader April 2 against South Mountain Community College.
The Aztecs earned a run-rule victory in the first game. Their offense and defense were at their best in the 18-0 shutout. Freshmen Courtney Brown and Margaita Corona each hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Freshman Bailey Critchlow won her 16th game of the season. She pitched three shutout innings and allowed only one hit.
PCC lost the second game against SMCC 10-8. The Aztecs came from behind to take the lead 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth innings. The Cougars rallied with four runs in the sixth inning to get the win.
An April 5 doubleheader against Phoenix College took place after Aztec Press went to the printer.
Pima played their third straight home matchup. They split the March 29 doubleheader against Arizona Western College.
The Aztecs won the first game 7-4. The Matadors took the lead early 3-0. PCC exploded with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by sophomore Christine Olivas.
Critchlow earned the win and pitched a complete game. She was also three for four from the plate.
PCC took the early lead in game two. Freshman Gabriella Gorosave hit a homer in the second inning to give Pima a 3-1 lead. The Matadors answered with five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth inning.
The Aztecs split their March 29 double header against Glendale Community College. PCC won the first game 10-8. Brown had four RBIs including a triple that scored three in the second inning.
Orduno pitched a complete game and shutout GCC in the final three innings.
Pima came up short in the second game 12-11. The Aztecs tied the game 9-9 in the seventh. The Gauchos gave up one in the ninth inning before they retired the final three Pima batters to get the win.
Pima swept their doubleheader matchup against Mesa Community College on March 26. The Aztecs exploded for 28 runs in the two home games.
PCC won the first game 11-5. Corona hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning putting Pima up 7-4. Orduno pitched a complete game with three earned runs and three strikeouts.
Pima won the second game 17-11. The Thunderbirds started strong in the second game. They scored seven runs in the second inning taking a 7-4 lead. Corona hit her second homer of the day in the bottom of the second. Her grand slam capped a five run inning and gave back the lead.
Critchlow got the win in relief. She pitched five and two-thirds innings. Critchlow retired the final six batters in order.
April 9: Paradise Valley CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
April 14: @ GateWay CC, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
April 16: @ Central Arizona College, noon, 2 p.m.
April 19: Easter Arizona College, West Campus, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
By JASON WEIR
The Pima Community College softball team (28-9, 16-6 in ACCAC) lost two games against Yavapai College on March 22.
The Aztecs lost 2-0 in the first game with only three hits from freshman Margarita Corona and sophomores Christine Olivas and Kalynn Martinez.
Pima contested Yavapai’s lead in the second game, closing in with a 9-7 deficit in the fifth inning, but gave up three runs in the sixth leading to a final score of 13-7.
The Aztecs had gone 9-1 since March 10 and head coach Armando Quiroz passed a milestone by winning 400 games at Pima.
“I am happy where we currently are as a team but by no means satisfied,” Quiroz said. “We really let one get away from us last week.”
Quiroz earned his 407th win on March 19.
“My thoughts go to all the talented and wonderful ladies that have come through this program,” Quiroz said. “Nothing would be possible without their sacrifices and commitments.”
The Aztecs earned a run-rule victory in the first game, 10-2, after a five-run fifth inning.
In the second game, Pima fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but responded with seven runs in the bottom half.
Freshman Bailey Critchlow had a good day at the plate, with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman Luisa Silvain received the save after holding the Artichokes hitless for an inning and a third.
Pima doubled up against North Iowa on March 17, winning both games.
Down 2-0 in the first game, the Aztecs rallied for four runs in the sixth and won 4-2. Silvain pitched a complete game.
Pima earned a run-rule win in the second game, 13-0. The first seven Aztec batters reached base in a six-run first inning. Sophomore Odalis Orduno pitched a complete game.
Pima split its March 15 conference doubleheader against Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The Aztecs won the first game 9-1 with three multiple-run innings.
The Aztecs rallied in the second game from a four-run deficit to tie the game 4-4 in the sixth inning. The Coyotes scored a run in the sixth and won 5-4.
Pima won its four games at the Deanna Mauer Softball Classic. The two-day invitational took place March 11-12 in Casa Grande.
PCC began the with a 7-3 win over Howard College Bison. The Aztecs down 2-0 in the fifth inning when freshman Gabriela Trejo’s two-run homer tied the game. Pima scored one more run in the inning, then added four more runs in the sixth. Critchlow pitched a complete game win.
The Aztecs shut out El Paso Community College in the second game, 11-0. Pima freshmen Gabriella Gorosave and Courtney Brown each hit three-run homers in the third inning.
That game gave Quiroz his 400th win at Pima.
Pima beat Midland College Chaparrals 10-3 in the third game. The Aztecs trailing 3-0 scored six runs in the third inning. Critchlow pitched her second complete game in as many days.
PCC closed out the classic with another 11-0 run-rule victory.
March 26: Mesa CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
March 29: Glendale CC, West Campus, doubleheader,
1 p.m., 3 p.m.
April 2: @ South Mountain CC, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
April 5: Phoenix College, West Campus, doubleheader,
1 p.m., 3 p.m.
By JASON WEIR
The No. 9 Pima Community College softball team (19-8, 13-5 in ACCAC) received national recognition for the second time when freshman Bailey Critchlow was named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week for Feb. 22-28.
The award was her third for the week. She was also named both ACCAC Division II Player and Pitcher of the week. During that period, Critchlow went 11 of 16 with nine RBIs from the plate and allowed just one run from the mound.
Head coach Armando Quiroz called Critchlow a true five-tool player.
“She is one of the hardest working young ladies to ever play at Pima,” Quiroz said. “She is a tremendous hitter, pitcher and defensive infielder.”
Critchlow is 10-3 with an ERA of 3.85 and 38 strikeouts. She is batting .450 with 29 RBIs, two home runs and six stolen bases.
Quiroz said the awards mark the first time in his nine years at Pima that the team received two NJCAA Player/Pitcher of the Week honors.
Sophomore Odalis Orduno was NJCAA Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 8-14. Orduno pitched in three of the four games that week, winning two and saving one. She allowed one run and stuck out five in her three appearances.
“She has become one of the best starting pitchers in the league through perseverance and grit,” Quiroz said. “Ferocious competitor who brings it to the park on her every start.”
Orduno is 8-4 with an ERA of 3.72 and has struck out 35.
A March 8 doubleheader scheduled against Arizona Western College was postponed and will be rescheduled.
Host Eastern Arizona College was not kind to the Aztecs in the first game of a March 5 doubleheader. The Gila Monsters’ offense exploded early and often in a 20-3 five inning run-ruled win.
After scoring five runs in the first and second innings, Eastern Arizona put Pima away with 10 runs in the fourth inning.
In the second game, Critchlow pitched a complete 6-1 victory. Pima fell behind 1-0 but a third inning capped by Critchlow’s RBI double proved to be the only runs Pima needed. Critchlow struck out six and did not allow an earned run.
Pima hosted Central Arizona College on March 1. The Aztecs earned a five-inning 12-4 run-rule victory in the first game.
Pima freshman Gabriella Gorosave’s solo home run in the second inning tied the game at two. Pima freshman Margarita Corona hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 9-2. Orduno allowed one earned run on seven hits through five innings to earn the win.
PCC won the second game 8-3. Corona’s second home run of the day in the third innings ended a tie and gave Pima a 3-1 lead.
Critchlow helped the Aztecs extend their lead to 6-1 when she hit a three-run RBI double in the fourth. She pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits.
March 11: @ Deanna Mauer Softball Classic, Central Arizona College, vs. Howard College, noon, vs. El Paso CC, 2 p.m.
March 12: @ Deanna Mauer Softball Classic, Central Arizona College, vs. Lake Region State College-N.D., noon, vs. Midland College, 2 p.m.
March 15: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
March 17: North Iowa Area CC, Lincoln Regional Park (Tucson), doubleheader, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
March 19: Scottsdale CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.
March 22: @ Yavapai College, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
By JASON WEIR
With the goal of a national championship, the Pima Community College softball team will open its 2016 season on Jan. 29 at the CSN Kickoff Classic in Henderson, Nev.
Head coach Armando Quiroz notes the Aztecs are freshmen-heavy, with 11 true freshmen and one red-shirt freshman.
That means the Aztecs will look to their sophomores for leadership. Two of those sophomores, shortstop Kalynn “Kewi” Martinez and center fielder Araceli “Celi” Peralta, say they’re ready for the role.
“I know how things are here,” Martinez said.
Adds Peralta: “I am a leader by example. We complement each other.”
The Aztecs gained experience at winning last fall, when they participated in a University of Arizona invitational tournament.
Pima went 16-1, with the lone loss coming against host UA. Two divisional opponents, Arizona Western College and Central Arizona College, also played in the tournament.
The first goal of the 2016 season is hosting and winning the regional playoffs, Peralta said.
Host Phoenix College eliminated the Aztecs at regionals last year, after Pima won four of five regular-season matchups.
It’s obvious that fact is not lost on the team. Just mentioning Phoenix College generates reactions from both coaches and players.
“Us and them are the bar,” Quiroz said.
Martinez mentioned the rival when listing team goals.
“We got to beat Phoenix College,” she said.
The Aztecs will get their first chance at Phoenix College on Feb. 20.
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College softball team (46-14) closed out its 2015 season on May 2 at Phoenix College.
The Aztecs fought hard in three games against Phoenix College but didn’t finish victorious.
Pima could not stop the Phoenix College offense in their 11-1 loss.
Sophomore Keona Hunter hit a triple in the previous at-bat.
Sophomore Alexis Alfonso finished the season with a 27-7 record.
In the second game, the Aztecs struck first but could not finish in the later innings.
Freshman Araceli Peralta scored a run off an error in the first inning and Alfonso had a solo home run in to give Pima the lead.
Alfonso went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Frehsman Kalynn Martinez was 1 for 2.
The Aztecs didn’t close the game out with the win.
Pima moved into the championship round after shutting out Phoenix College 7-0.
Alfonso pitched a complete-game giving up five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
In the 4th inning Olivas hit an RBI double to score Fabing.
Sophomore Brianna Quiroz followed with a sacrifice-fly RBI to plate Alfonso.
Sophmore Jackie Hernandez and Fabing had back-to-back RBI hits to make it 4-0.
This was Pima’s first year playing in Division II. They went from 29-30 in 2014 to 46-14 in 2015.
Pima softball team played the first day of the Region I, Division II Tournament at Phoenix College May 1.
Peralta led off the inning with a single.Hernandez hit an RBI double to plate.
Alfonso’s three-run blast to right field won the game.
Pima responded when Fabing hit a three-run homer to tie the game. After Fabing’s homer Pima was up 8-3.
Alfonso went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Hernandez was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored while Martinez was 3 for 5 with two runs.
Freshman Odalis Orduno went five innings giving up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Aztecs took a split against Arizona Western College at home April 25.
The Aztecs didn’t start well offensively as they lost the first game 6-1.
Fabing began the second inning and later scored on a double-play ball hit by freshman Sierra Cuestas to put Pima up.
Fabing was 1 for 1 with a run scored and two walks. Martinez went 1 for 3 with two doubles.
Alfonso pitched four innings giving up six runs on four hits with four walks.
Freshman Alexis Ayala threw the final two innings giving up one hit with one strikeout.
The Aztecs defeated Arizona Western in the second game 15-7 in six innings.
The Aztecs came right back with one run in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead.
In the fifth inning, sophomore Alyssa Montoya plated pinch runner freshman Morgan Engelhardt on a bunt single RBI.
Sophomore Keona Hunter and Hernandez hit back-to-back RBI singles to put Pima up 8-7.
Fabing’s grand slam would make it 12-7. Martinez went 5 for 5 with four runs scored and an RBI.
Hunter finished 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Sophomore Ariana Murrieta hit a two-run RBI single in the 3rd inning and finished 2 for 4.
Hernandez was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Montoya went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Ayala pitched two and one-third innings giving up three runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk.
The Aztecs lost at Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday.
Alfonso got the win after giving up one run on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Pima won the first game 7-1.
Alfonso and Freshman Araceli Peralta each had RBI singles in the inning.
Peralta finished 2 for 4 with an RBI while Alfonso went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Freshman Christine Olivas contributed with RBIs and runs scored.
In the second game the Aztecs won with a blowout. Fabing hit a grand slam in the 4th inning.
Quiroz hit a two-run RBI single in the inning.
Ayala finished 2 for 2 with two RBIs while teammate Hernandez went 3 for 4 with an RBI, a run scored and a triple.
Ayala pitched four innings giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts.
Orduno closed out the final inning and got three outs on four pitches.
Pima went from 29-30 in 2014 to 46-15.Peralta said, “All the 5:30 a.m. workouts to the long practices and the nights of team bonding were the best times of my life.”
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College softball team (41-11, 34-10 in ACCAC) looks to wrap up its season in contention against Phoenix College for the No. 1 spot going into the postseason.
The Aztecs lost on the road against Eastern Arizona College on April 21.
The first loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Aztecs and put an end to sophomore pitcher Alexis Alfonso’s 10 straight wins on the mound.
Alfonso was named ACCAC Division II Co-Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 13-19. She has been selected three times this season.
The Aztecs fell behind and rallied in the 6th inning but came up short in their 6-3 loss in the first game.
Down 4-1 in the 6th, the Aztecs cut into the lead when Alfonso hit a solo home run.
Later, sophomore Keona Hunter hit an RBI triple to cut it to 4-3.
Alfonso (25-4) suffered her first loss since Mar. 28 as she pitched six innings giving up six runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.
The Aztecs took an early lead but Eastern Arizona came back to win 10-2.
Freshmen Araceli Peralta and Kalynn Martinez scored the runs for Pima in the 3rd inning, both on errors.
Freshman Alexis Ayala suffered her first loss on the mound (3-1) as she pitched six innings giving up 10 runs with one strikeout and two walks.
Pima dominated in two very different games against Central Arizona College April 18 at the West Campus.
Alfonso threw a shutout for her 24th win of the season in Pima’s 8-0 win in six innings.
Freshman Sierra Cuestas went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Sophomore Taylor Fabing was 2 for 5 with four runs scored and an RBI.
The Aztecs dominated in the second game as they beat Central Arizona 13-5 in six innings.
Central Arizona got to Alfonso in the 1st inning as they took a 4-0 lead. Pima responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Sophomore Brianna Quiroz led off the 2nd inning with a solo home run.
With the Aztecs up 8-5 in the 4th, Ayala hit a two-run RBI single which was followed by freshman Christine Olivas’ RBI single to make it 10-5.
Alfonso went 3 for 3 with four RBIs while Martinez finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Pima won both games April 14 against El Paso Community College at the West Campus.
Alfonso threw a complete-game shutout in Pima’s 5-0 win in the first game. She gave up six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Alfonso did work at the plate as well as she hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning.
Ayala, Hunter and freshman Araceli Peralta each scored a run in the inning. Martinez and Alfonso each went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Aztecs got a boost from freshman Morgan Engelhardt in the 6th inning as they won the second game 5-3.
Down 3-2 in the 6th, Engelhardt hit a two-run RBI single to give Pima the lead for good.
Martinez followed with an RBI single of her own to drive in Engelhardt, who finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Ayala threw a complete-game giving up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
Pima gained another conference sweep on April 11 at Paradise Valley Community College.
The Aztecs fell behind early and rallied in the sixth inning to win the first game 4-2
Alfonso hit an RBI single to cut the lead in half.
Ayala followed with a three-run home run to give the Aztecs the lead for good.
Alfonso gave up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
In their second game the Aztecs fell behind but rallied once again to win the 3-1.
Ayala hit a single and later scored on an error to tie the game. In the fifth inning, Hernandez hit a double and scored on sophomore Fabing’s RBI double.
Freshman Odalis Orduno pitched four innings giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Alfonso came in and picked up the save as she pitched the final three innings with no hits, two strikeouts and one walk.
The Aztecs earned a sweep at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on April 4.
In the first game the Aztecs scored two runs in the top of the 7th but had to hold off a rally in their 9-6 win.
Ayala hit an RBI single in the 2nd inning to put Pima on the board.
Cuestas hit a two-run RBI double in the 3rd inning as she finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs, a run scored and two doubles.
Hernandez went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored while Olivas finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Pitcher Alfonso gave up six runs while pitching three strikeouts and three walks.
The Aztecs scored four runs in the 4th inning and went on to win the second game 9-3.
Fabing hit RBI triples in each the 1st and 3rd innings and also hit an RBI double in the 4th.
Hernandez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Cuestas went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a triple.
Orduno gave up three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
April 23: @ Central Arizona College, Coolidge, 1 p.m.
April 25: Arizona Western College, West Campus, noon.
May 1-2: NJCAA Region 1 Tournament, TBA, TBA.
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College softball team (33-9, 28-8 in ACCAC) have preformed great recently winning their last six games.
The Aztecs won a two game sweep at No. 2 Phoenix College on April 7. Freshman Christine Olivas led the Aztecs going 4 for 6 from the plate and added four RBIs on the day. Freshman Alexis Ayala had a dynamic performance going 4 for 7 at the plate with three RBIs, a run scored and a two-run homer.
The Aztecs took a close 9-8 win in the first game fending off a late surge by Phoenix College. Pima started the game with an impressive first inning scoring seven runs.
Pima took grabbed a 6-4 victory in the second game. Freshman Odalis Orduno (9-4) grabbed the win pitching seven innings throwing two strikeouts.
With the win Pima handed Phoenix College their first sweep of the season breaking their 22-game win streak.
The Aztecs scored 21 runs in its doubleheader sweep against South Mountain Community College April 4 at the West Campus.
Freshman Sierra Cuestas finished the day 4 for 6 with six RBIs and three runs scored while
Sophomore Taylor Fabing went 3 for 5 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Sophomore pitcher Alexis Alfonso (19-3) picked up two wins on the mound.
Cuestas had a bases clearing three-run RBI hit and a solo home run as the Aztecs won the first game 11-3.
Teammate Cuestas was 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored while Fabing was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Freshman Araceli Peralta had an RBI single in the 2nd inning and went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Freshman Jackie Hernandez was 3 for 4 with an RBI single in the 4th and two runs scored.
Alfonso picked gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
The Aztecs beat the Cougars 10-2 in the second game.
Cuestas hit an RBI single in the 2nd inning and an RBI double in the 4th. Fabing added a two-run homer in the 4th.
Fabing finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Olivas was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.
Freshman Kalynn Martinez was 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored while freshman Alexis Ayala went 2 for 2 with an RBI triple in the fourth and a run scored.
Alfonso got her 19th win as she gave up two runs on seven hits with one strikeout.
Pima got back on track March 31 as it snapped a three-game losing streak with a sweep at Glendale Community College.
Alfonso threw two shutouts on the day pitching 10 innings.
The Aztecs gave the Gauchos a huge blow out in the first game.
Pima beats Glendale CC in the first game 10-0.
Sophomore Keona Hunter hit a two-run RBI single in the 2nd inning.
Fabing was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Martinez finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Alfonso pitched five innings giving up five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Aztecs took a 5-0 victory in the second game.
The Aztecs’ offense started off quick again in the early innings as they scored three runs in each the 1st and 3rd innings.
Freshman Christine Olivas hit a two-run RBI triple in the 1st while Alfonso hit a two-run home run in the 3rd inning.
Alfonso finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Hernandez went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI while Martinez was 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Pima lost two conference games on the road March 28 at Mesa Community College.
In their first game Pima lost 9-5.
Peralta finished the day 6 for 8 with three runs scored, two walks and a triple.
In their second game Pima lost 10-8 as the Aztecs rally was halted in the 7th inning.
Alfonso gave up eight runs on 11 hits with three walks.
Pima stranded 14 runners on base. Alfonso hit a solo home run in the 6th inning.
Freshman pitcher Odalis Ordu gave up 10 runs on 14 hits with one strikeout and two walks.
April 9: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, 1 p.m.
April 11: @ Paradise Valley CC, noon
April 14: El Paso CC,
West Campus, 1 p.m.
April 18: Central Arizona College, West Campus, noon
April 21: @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, noon
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College softball team (27-7, 22-6 in ACCAC) is playing strong, just recently closing out a seven game winning streak. Sophomore Alexis Alfonso has led the Aztecs through that streak with a fantastic performance.
The Aztecs grabbed their seventh win in a row on March 24 against Yavapai College with a 3-1 victory. After falling behind by one in the first inning the Aztecs were able to come back and grab the win.
Alfonso improved her personal record to 15-2 as she pitched a complete game giving up a single run and throwing four strikeouts. Alfonso tied the game in the second inning with a solo home run.
Taylor Fabing gave the Aztecs the lead with an RBI that allowed freshman Christine Olivas to score. The Aztecs ended their win streak with a 4-2 loss in the second game against Yavapai.
Freshman Odalis Orduno (8-3) pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts in the loss. Freshman Alexis Ayala went 2 for 3 in the game producing a RBI and a double.
An attempted rally in the sixth was cut short after one run, effectively ending the Aztecs comeback. Pima swept Chandler-Gilbert Community College March 17 at the West Campus.
The Aztecs totaled three home runs in the first game to defeat Chandler-Gilbert 11-3. Sophomore Jackie Hernandez was 5 for 7 with five RBIs and five runs scored and sophomore Taylor Fabing finished the day 3 for 5 with three RBIs and six runs scored.
Alfonso hit a three-run homer and freshman Sierra Cuestas followed with a solo homer to make it 7-1. Hernandez hit an RBI triple and scored on Fabing’s two-run homer to put the Aztecs up.
Alfonso went 1 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored while Cuestas and Hernandez each finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Alfonso pitched all five innings giving up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. The Aztecs got off to an early start in their 12-0 win in the second game against Chandler-Gilbert scoring four runs in the first inning.
Cuestas hit a two-run RBI double while Olivas and Hernandez each hit RBI singles in the inning. Cuestas and Olivas also each hit RBI singles. Cuestas went 2 for 3 with four RBIs while Olivas was 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
Hernandez was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Fabing was 1 for 3 with three runs scored. Orduno and Ayala combined to throw a four-hit shutout.
Orduno picked up the win after she pitched four innings giving up two hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Ayala pitched the later in the game and gave up two hits with one strikeout.
Pima’s pitcher Alfonso was selected ACCAC Division II Pitcher of the Week March 17 for the week of March 9-15. She went 4-0 in the last six games she’s played. Alfonso threw 24.2 innings with a 2.31 ERA and 13 strikeouts.
Pima earned a pair of conference wins March 14 at the West Campus against GateWay Community College. The Aztecs run-ruled GateWay 11-0 in five innings during the first game.
The Aztecs had some bright spots on offense as freshman Kalynn Martinez had five RBIs and four runs scored on the day while sophomore Ariana Murrieta drew four walks and scored three runs.
Martinez hit a two-run RBI single that was followed by a two-run RBI double by Hernandez. Martinez finished with three RBIs and two runs scored for the game.
Murrieta went 1 for 1 with two runs scored and two walks. Alfonso went 2 for 3 with an RBI and also threw a shutout. She pitched all five innings giving up one hit with seven strikeouts.
Pima fell behind early but responded by scoring seven runs to win 9-1 in five innings. Down 1-0 after the top of the first inning, Ayala and sophomore Paige Castro each hit RBI singles in the bottom half of the inning to put Pima up 2-1.
Fabing hit a two-run RBI double while Ayala and Cuestas followed with RBI doubles of their own. Fabing finished 1 for 1 with two RBIs and a walk.
Ayala was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Martinez had two RBIs and two runs scored. Murrieta went 1 for 1 with a run scored and two walks.
Orduno threw all five innings giving up one run on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
March 31: @ Glendale CC, 1 p.m.
April 4: South Mountain CC, West Campus, 2 p.m.
April 7: @ Phoenix CC, 1 p.m.
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
Pima Community College softball team (17-6, 15-5 in ACCAC)
Pima played Scottsdale Community College on March 12 and results will be available on aztecpressonline.com.
They split games with Arizona Western College on March 10.
In their first game against Arizona Western Matadors they won early on by 7.
Sophomore Alexis Alfonso pitched a complete game winning her 10th game of the season.
They scored five runs in the first inning.
Freshman Christine Olivas had two RBIs and freshman Araceli Peralta went perfect going 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
In game two Pima had a taste of its on medicine, losing to Western 21-2. Pima gave up seven runs in the second inning and another three in the fifth.
Sophomore Alyssa Montoya and freshman Alexis Ayala scored Pima’s two runs and freshman Odalis Orduno took the loss (6-2)
PCC softball had a split winning and lost one game against Eastern Community College on March. 7.
In the first game Pima won 6-5 to the Gila Monsters.
Sophomore Taylor Fabing led the team with 4 RBI’s and freshmen Sierra Cuetas and Paige Castro contributed with 1 RBI each.
Alfonso pitched to 24 batters and Orduno pitched to eight.
The Aztecs had a rough second game and couldn’t catch up in time to finish out with the win, lossing 10-1.
Fabing hit a double and Alexis Ayala had an RBI.
Orduno pitched to 27 batters and Ayala pitched to 6.
Alfonso did not pitch for the game.
Pima’s softball team won three games as part of the El Paso CC Invitational Feb. 28 and went undefeated in seven games for the week.
The Aztecs were led by Ayala. She hit two home runs with seven RBIs, five runs scored and a complete-game shutout.
In the first game os the series the Aztecs beat El Paso Community College 12-2.
Ayala hit a three-run homer in the middle inning and finished 1 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Montoya was 1 for 2 with two RBIs while Olivas finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Alfonso pitched a complete-game giving up two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.
The Aztecs came out victorious.
Ayala smacked a two-run homer as part of a seven-run 4th inning as the Aztecs beat Dodge City Community College 11-1 in five innings.
Ayala went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Fabing also hit a two-run homer in the game and finished 2 for 2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Cuestas contributed by hitting a three-run RBI double. She finished 1 for 1 with three RBIs.
Orduno pitched all five innings giving up one run on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
In game three the Aztecs beat the Pratt Beavers 8-0.
The team was successful on the road at GateWay Community College on Feb. 26 in Phoenix.
Leadoff hitter Peralta had a great day at the plate going 5 for 8 with five runs scored, two stolen bases and a double.
Sophomore Jackie Hernandez finished 5 for 6 with four runs scored, three RBIs, three stolen bases, two walks and a triple.
Pitchers Alfonso, Ayala and Orduno didn’t give up an earned run.
In the first game against GateWay Pima won 12-1.
The Aztecs’ offense struck as they scored four runs early.
Ayala hit an RBI single in the start of the game and an RBI double as she finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Cuestas hit a two-run RBI double as she went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Peralta was 3 for 4 with three runs scored, a double and a stolen base while Hernandez finished 2 for 2 with three runs scored, an RBI and two walks.
Alfonso pitched four innings giving up two runs (none earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Ayala closed it out giving up one hit with one strikeout.
In the second game Pima took the win as well with a score of 7-1.
The Aztecs gave seven walks in the game and scored five runs their win.
Hernandez hit an RBI single early and a two-run RBI as she finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs, a run scored, two stolen bases and a triple.
Sophomore Brianna Quiroz was 1 for 2 with two RBIs while Peralta finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Orduno threw a complete-game giving up one run on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Hernandez was named the ACCAC Division II player of the week for Feb. 23-March 1.
She had 11 RBIs, ten runs scored, five stolen bases and four walks during that time.
Pima’s next game will be on March 14 where they will take on GateWay Community College.
March 14: GateWay CC, West Campus, noon.
March 17: Chandler-Gilbert, West Campus, 1 p.m.
March 24: @ Yavapai College, Prescott, noon.
By ADRIANNA BARRIENTEZ
The Pima Community College’s softball team (11-4, 9-3 in ACCAC) continues to play great at home giving up only one lose so far this season. The Aztecs played Paradise Valley CC on Feb. 24 after the Aztec Press went to print.
The Aztecs split against No. 4 Phoenix College on Feb. 21 at the West Campus giving up their first home lose.
Sophomore Jackie Hernandez had a great game at the plate as she went 3 for 4. She hit an RBI double in the beginning of the game and a two-run RBI single later to put the Aztecs up 4-0. She finished with three RBIs.
Freshman Araceli Peralta scored twice on Hernandez’s hits and had an RBI single of her own. She went 2-3 with two runs and an RBI for the game.
“As a team we should be able to compete with anyone” said Peralta.
Sophomore Alexis Alfonso picked up the win as she pitched six and two-third innings giving up two runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Freshman Odalis Orduno grabbed the save after she got the final groundout to end the game. The Aztecs dropped the second game to Phoenix College 2-6.
Orduno shut out Phoenix for the final four innings as she pitched four and two-third innings and gave up two on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Hernandez was 2 for 4 with a run scored while freshman Christina Olivas finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and Ayala went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Sophomore Taylor Fabing went 2 for 3 for the game.
The Aztecs fell 7-5 in the first game against South Mountain CC on Feb. 17.
Alfonso took the loss as she pitched one and one-third innings giving up seven runs on 11 hits. Division II Player of the Week Sophomore Keona Hunter went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and scored a triple.
Pima gave up five runs early as they lost 10-5 in the second game. Freshman Emily Robinson took the loss after she pitched three and two-third innings giving up 10 runs on 10 hits.
Orduno pitched two innings and gave up one hit.
Down 10-2 the Aztecs attempted a rally mid-way through the game.
Olivas hit a two-run home run and Fabing hit a solo homer of her own. Olivas and Fabing both finished the game 1 for 3.
Ayala was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored while Peralta was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Sophomore Paige Castro finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Hunter helped the Aztecs to a 6-0 record for the week with doubleheader sweeps against Mesa Community College, Yavapai College and Glendale Community College.
Hunter went 9 for 17 with 10 runs scored, eight steals, three walks and three RBIs.
The Aztecs won their first game 2-1 against Glendale CC on Feb. 14. Alfonso pitched a complete-game and gave up only one run.
Ayala finished the day 3 for 6 with two RBIs and two runs scored as pitchers Alfonso and Robinson picked up the wins.
The Aztecs scored both of their runs early. Ayala hit a two-run RBI single scoring Hunter and Hernandez, Ayala finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs while Hunter went 2 for 2 with a run scored, a double and two stolen bases.
In the second game, Fabing broke a 3-3 tie when she hit a RBI leading the Aztecs to a narrow 4-3 win.
Ayala hit a double and stole third base on a passed ball to set up Fabing’s eventual game-winning hit.
Glendale took a 2-0 lead into the third but the Aztecs scored three runs to take the lead.
Olivas hit a two-run RBI double and Freshman Sierra Cuestas had a fielder’s choice RBI.
Robinson pitched a complete-game giving up three runs on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk.
By DEANNA SHERMAN
The Pima Community College softball team (6-1, 4-0 in ACCAC) picked up its second straight conference sweep on Feb. 10 at the West Campus.
The Aztecs beat Mesa Community College as the pitching staff of sophomore Alexis Alfonso and freshman Odalis Orduno held the Mesa offense.
Sophomore Brianna Quiroz went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and a sacrifice for the day.
Alfonso picked up the win after she went four innings and gave up one run (one earned) on two hits with two strikeouts.
Pima started off ACCAC conference play on Feb. 3 in a big way as it swept Scottsdale Community College at the West Campus.
Alfonso pitched a complete-game shutout as the Aztecs won the first game 1-0.
Down 5-3 heading into the fourth, the Aztecs loaded the bases and Fabing stepped up and hit a grand-slam to right field to put the Aztecs up 7-5.
PCC played three games to open the 2015 season on Jan. 31 in Henderson, NV.
The Aztecs went 2-1 in the first day of the College of Southern Nevada Kick-Off Classic.
Freshman Sierra Cuestas finished 7 for 7 with a walk in the three games.
Sophomore Jackie Hernandez was 5 for 12 with five RBIs while freshman Araceli Peralta went 6 for 9 with seven runs scored.
Pima lost the final game of the day against the College of Southern Nevada 13-4 in five innings.
Alfonzo took the loss (1-1) after pitching 2/3 of an inning.
Peralta was 1 for 2 with two runs and an RBI for the game.
Cuestas was 2 for 2 with a run scored.
Pima’s second game went into extra innings but the Aztecs upset No. 18 Salt Lake City Community College (Division I) 6-5 in eight innings.
The Aztecs trailed 4-0 after three innings and broke the tie in the eighth when Christine Olivas (Freshman) had the game-winning RBI.
Feb. 12: Yavapai College,
West Campus, 1 p.m.
Feb. 14: Glendale CC,
West Campus, noon
Feb. 17: @ South Mountain CC, Phoenix, 1 p.m.
Feb. 21: Phoenix College,
West Campus, noon
Feb. 24: Paradise Valley CC,
West Campus, 1 p.m.
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.