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Compiled by Nicholas Trujillo

With the winter season ending and the spring seasons already well underway, Pima Community College has had many student-athletes earn awards for their efforts in the season. Others have accepted offers from universities.

 

Stallworth earns top rank for second time

This year marks the second year in a row that sophomore basketball star Sydni Stallworth was named first-team NJCAA Division II All-American. She is one of only three PCC women to receive the honor.

She also received, and accepted an offer to play at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

In the past two years, the university had win-loss records that mirrored PCC’s team. The 2014-’15 season was 29-2, and the 2015-’16 team had a  38-3 record.

Stallworth was a major player on the PCC court, leading the Aztecs to a second-place finish in the Region I Division II tournament. She averaged 17 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while also shooting  81 percent at the free throw line.

Additionally, she was also named the ACCAC Division II Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as ACCAC Division II player of the week seven times during the season. She ends her career at PCC with a record of 51-16.

 

James, Aztec MVP, first-team All-American

Men’s basketball sophomore standout Deion James also received his share of glory. He was named first-team NJCAA All-American. He is the fifth Pima player to earn the honor, and the second to receiving it under head coach Brian Peabody.

Jame was also named Spalding NJCAA Division II Player of the Year and ACCAC Co-Player of the Year.

During the season, James was the powerhouse who got the Aztecs to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He was named Region I, Divison II Championship game MVP.

He also led the Aztecs to a 22-win season, PCC’s best since the 1989-90 team.

While averaging 20.6 points per game, James also picked up 20 double-doubles in points and rebounds.

In his first year of college basketball, James played at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. As of now, James has not decided where he will go to continue his career.

 

Sophomore duo sign with Stephen F. Austin

Pima Community College women’s softball team sophomore duo Margarita Corona and Courtney Brown have signed to play at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The Lumberjacks are in Division I for the NCAA and are sporting a 15-26 record so far this season.

Corona, a 5-foot-3-inch catcher, played in all 51 games this season. She has a .487 batting average and has 14 home runs and 77 RBIs. She also leads the team with 76 hits and 20 doubles.

Brown, who plays outfielder and is a lead-off hitter, bats with a .426 batting average. She has hit four home runs and 25 RBIs.

Brown also leads the team with 20 stolen bases, eight triples and 63 runs scored.

The two signed their letters of intent to the university on April 13. They will also be honored at the celebration that PCC is holding at the West Campus.

 

Ruiz signs to West Texas A&M

Sophomore Mari Ruiz will mark PCC softball team’s third player to get signed to a university. The Aztec outfield will further her career at West Texas A&M, a NCAA Division II school in Canyon, Texas.

The school held the national title in 2014 when a former Pima player was on their roster. This season they also hold former PCC pitcher Alexis Alfonso.

Ruiz took part in 35 games this season, she has 11 RBIs, 29 runs scored while batting and a .258 batting average. She transferred to Pima after playing for Phoenix College for one year.

 

Hong takes ACCAC POTY for second year in a row

Sophomore Desiree Hong has earned herself the ACCAC Player of the Year title for her second year in a row. She was also select as first team All-ACCAC conference and first Team All-Region.

Hong averaged a 74.8 per round played, she also shot a 71 or under for seven of her 12 rounds played.

She also was able to finish at least second place in all tournaments she participated in. She has also verbally committed to the University of Arizona next fall.

Fellow Sophomore Samantha Hacker was named second team All-ACCAC for her second straight year. Freshman Abby Miller also took second team All-Region.

 

PCC to celebrate athletes at West Campus

PCC will celebrate its athletes, and many others, on May 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the West Campus Arts Proscenium Theatre, 2202 W. Anklam Road.

Both coaches and representatives from the winter and spring season teams will talk about team and individual accomplishments.

Basketball players Jacob Anastasi and Erin Peterson are set to receive the Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award.

To RSVP or for more info about the celebration, email April Jessee at ajessee@pima.edu or Raymond Suarez at rmsuareaz1@pima.edu by May 3.

Margarita Corona

Courtney Brown

Deion James

Sydni Stallworth

SOFTBALL: Aztecs drop their five-game win streak

SOFTBALL: Aztecs drop their five-game win streak

By CASEY MUSE JR. 

The Pima Community College softball team (34-19, 28-16 ACCAC) managed to scrape together some key wins during the back half of the regular season. The bullpen has remained consistent all season and the bats are finding their stoke at the right time of year.

Sophomore Margarita Corona strikes the ball at a doubleheader home game against Central Arizona College.
Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics

April 8: PCC 14, EAC 6/ PCC 1, EAC 9

The Aztecs split a conference doubleheader on the road against Eastern Arizona.

Everything was going Pima’s way in the first game. The game remained close at the beginning but the Aztecs broke it open in the third, scoring eight runs.

Freshman Mandy Lorenson earned her 10th win of the season finishing with six hits, three strikeouts and six walks.

Things did not go as smoothly in the second game.

Pima maintained a 1-0 lead for much of the game but Eastern Arizona found their offense late. The Gila Monsters got on the board with two runs in the fifth inning and another seven in the sixth to close the game out.

The Aztecs managed only four hits of their own. Sophomore Luisa Silvain took the loss in the game as she pitched five innings and finished with 11 hits and five walks.

April 11: PCC 10, Scottsdale 0/ PCC, 6 Scottsdale 3

Pima was back to solid play during a road sweep of conference opponent Scottsdale.

The Aztecs were extremely dominant in the first game, scoring four runs in the first inning. The defense did their job, shutting down the Artichokes for the games entirety. Another six runs in the sixth inning forced the mercy rule win for Pima.

Sophomore Gabriella Gorosave slammed a three-run home run that put it away in the sixth.

Lorenson earned the win as she pitched the complete game and finished with no hits, five strikeouts and four walks. The result was her fourth no-hitter of the season.

The second game started closer, as Scottsdale broke out to a 3-1 lead by the second inning. The lead stuck until sophomore Margarita Corona tied things up with an RBI single in the seventh. Gorosave knocked home a tworun home run in extra innings to seal the game.

Lorenson picked up another win as she pitched in relief for six innings and finished with three hits, 10 strikeouts and one walk.

April 15: PCC 4, Chandler-Gilbert 0/ PCC 7 Chandler-Gilbert 5

In the first game Pima broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning on an RBI triple from sophomore Mari Ruiz to clear the loaded bases.

Sophomore Bailey Critchlow earned the shutout win as she pitched the complete game and finished with four hits, four strikeouts and no walks.

The Aztecs had to rally in the second game as they fell behind 3-0 in the first inning.

PCC responded in the bottom half of the first inning to tie things at 3-3. Chandler-Gilbert would lead once again at 5-3 before the Aztecs secured the lead for good with three runs in the fourth led by an RBI double by sophomore Courtney Brown.

Silvain earned the win in relief and finishing with four hits, two strikeouts and one walk.

April 18: PCC 13, Phoenix College 22/ PCC 5, Phoenix College 7

Pima had a slow start to the first game as the Bears held the Aztecs scoreless for the first three innings in route to a 12-0 lead.

The Aztecs would get on the board in the fourth inning and rally a total of seven runs. Another three runs in the fifth got the Aztecs as close as they would get before the Bears scored nine more runs of their own in the seventh inning to put the game away.

Critchlow took the loss as she pitched three innings and finished with eight hits and two strikeouts.

The Aztecs would put up another rally attempt in the second game as Phoenix College hopped out to an early 4-0 lead.

Critchlow hit an RBI single to score fellow sophomore Courtney Brown in the third inning to put Pima on the board.

The Bears ended the Aztecs comeback hopes with three runs in the fifth inning.

Lorenson took the loss as she pitched the complete game and finished with seven hits, eight strikeouts and seven walks.

ON DECK

April 25: at Paradise Valley CC, Phoenix AZ, doubleheader 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

April 29: South Mountain CC, West Campus, doubleheader noon, 2 p.m.

SOFTBALL: PCC proving dominant with 11 win streak

SOFTBALL: PCC proving dominant with 11 win streak

By CASEY MUSE JR. 

Freshman Mandy Lorenson throws a pitch during her no-hitter game against GateWay CC.
Photo Courtesy of PCC Athletics.

The Pima Community College softball team (29-16, 23-13 ACCAC) has seen success with sophomore ace Bailey Critchlow and freshman Mandy Lorenson going on a tear lately, earning five and six wins in a row, respectively.

March 25: PCC 5, Mesa 4/ PCC 5, Mesa 2

The first game was a thriller as Pima trailed for most of the game. Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Aztecs found their offense as sophomore Margarita Corona smacked a two-run RBI double to cut the deficit to one.

Freshman Alyse Talamante brought it home with her game winning walk-off two run RBI single.

Crithlow earned her fifth straight win pitching the entire game and finishing with 12 hits and one strikeout.

The momentum carried into the second game as the Aztecs scored four runs in the first inning and remained in control.

Lorenson got her sixth straight win as she pitched the entire game and finished with four hits, 10 strikeouts and nine walks.

March 28: PCC 1, Yavapai 9/ PCC 2, Yavapai 4

PCC had their 11 game win streak halted by No. 10 Yavapai Community College.

The first game began very close as Pima was able to tie at 1-1 in the third inning. Yavapai dominated from there, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third and another six throughout the final two innings.

Critchlow took the loss, pitching the entire game and finishing with 10 hits and two walks.

The second game remained close, as the Aztecs took an early lead on a home run from Corona in the first inning. The lead didn’t last, as Yavapai scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two more for the rest of the game.

Lorenson took the loss, as she also pitched the complete game and finished with five hits, strikeouts and walks.

April 1: PCC 11, GateWay 2/ PCC 12, GateWay 0

The Aztecs were able to get back on track at home against GateWay CC.

GateWay showed fight in the first contest, tying the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning but Pima dominated, scoring six runs in the fifth and three more to end the game.

Critchlow earned the win, pitching the complete game and finishing with six hits, four strikeouts and two walks.

PCC was dominant in the second game scoring 12 total, for a mercy-rule victory.

Lorenson pitched a no-hitter game. She ended with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Apr. 4 PCC 2 Central Arizona 4/ PCC 4 Central Arizona 12

In the first battle, the Aztecs were able to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning on a sacrifice-fly RBI by freshman Edith Prieto.

The defense came up short in the bottom half of the inning however as Central Arizona scored three runs to take the lead and win the game.

Critchlow took the loss as she pitched the complete game and finished with nine hits and one strikeout.

The Aztecs kept things close early in the second game as Sophomore Gabriela Trejo broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run RBI triple in the third. But the defense faltered again as Central Arizona would score 10 more to secure the mercy rule victory.

SOFTBALL: Pima trying to find winning consistency

SOFTBALL: Pima trying to find winning consistency

By CASEY MUSE JR. 

Sophomore Bailey Critchlow makes contact on a swing against a Central Arizona Vaqueras during their make-up game at home on March 9.
Casey Muse Jr./Aztec Press

The Pima Community College softball team (25-12, 19-9 conference) has been playing well in March and has found consistency in several aspects of the game.

March 4: PCC 4, Phoenix 10/ PCC 1, Phoenix 12

The No. 18 Aztecs fell behind 4-0 early in the first game against the No. 2 Bears. They cut into the lead by scoring three runs in the fourth inning.

Sophomore Bailey Critchlow took the loss as she pitched four and two-third innings, finishing with 10 hits and three walks.

Phoenix College jumped out early in the second game, scoring five runs in the first inning. Sophomore Luisa Silvain took the loss. She finished with four hits, one strikeout and one walk.

March 7: PCC 15, Ancilla 1/ PCC 21, Ancilla 2

Pima got back on track in a big way in a double-header against Ancilla College at the Tucson Invitational at Lincoln Park.

The first game saw the Aztecs score five runs in the first inning, then seven more in the fourth.

Freshman Mandy Lorenson earned the win, pitching all five innings. She finished with two hits and 12 strikeouts.

In the second game, the Aztecs scored four runs in the first inning and another 10 runs in the fourth.

Freshman Hannah Wood picked up the win, pitching all five innings. She finished with seven hits and two strikeouts.

March 9: PCC 5, Central Arizona 7

The Aztecs saw their late rally attempt fall short in a makeup game at home.

Pima struck first on a sacrificefly RBI in the first inning. Things got away from the Aztecs when the Vaqueras scored five unanswered runs for a 7-2 lead.

Critchlow took the loss, pitching three innings. She finished with 11 hits and two strikeouts.

March 11: PCC 4, Paradise Valley 8/ PCC 13, Paradise Valley 5

The first game was tight until the Pumas busted it open with seven runs in the sixth.

Silvain took the loss. She pitched four innings and finished with eight hits and one strikeout.

The Aztecs earned revenge in the second game, scoring four runs in the first inning, two in the second and four more in the sixth.

Lorenson got the win. She pitched two innings and finished with two strikeouts and six walks.

March 14: PCC 6, South Mountain 1/ PCC 8, South Mountain 0

Critchlow pitched one of her best performances of the year, so far, in the first game. She pitched the complete game, finishing with one run, five hits and two strikeouts. The offense put up six runs.

The second game was even more dominant as Aztecs scored eight runs.

Lorenson provided her best pitching performances of the season as well, finishing with no hits, three strikeouts and four walks.

March 16: PCC 14, Chandler-Gilbert 1/ PCC 20, Chandler-Gilbert 1

In the first game, Pima scored four runs in the second, fourth, and fifth for a mercy-rule win.

Critchlow earned her 10th win, pitching all five innings and finishing with seven hits.

In the second game, the Aztecs scored 10 runs in the first and eight in the second one. Lorenson tossed her second straight no-hitter for her fifth win.

March 18: PCC 10, AWC 7/ PCC 5, AWC 4

Pima took an early lead in the first game, scoring four runs in the first inning.

The Matadors scored three runs of their own in the fourth to cut the lead to one. The Aztecs put the game away with six runs in the fourth.

Critchlow earned another victory, finishing with nine hits. The second game was extremely close throughout.

Arizona Western battled to a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, but Pima freshman Alysa Talamante hit a game-winning walk-off RBI.

Lorenson pitched all eight innings and finished with 12 strikeouts and three walks.

March 21: PCC 6 Glendale 1/ PCC 20 Glendale 0

The Aztecs continued their winning streak with a conference sweep over Glendale on the road.

Freshman Megan Flores got things started for the offense with an RBI single in the first inning of the first game to help Pima take control.

Sophomore Margarita Corona got in on the action with an RBI double of her own in the third.

Critchlow earned the win pitching the complete game and finishing with eight hits and four strikeouts. Her record sits at 12-5 for the season.

Game two was even more dominant as PCC scored seven runs in the third inning and another 11 in the fourth inning on their way to 20 total runs and a mercy rule victory.


ON DECK

March 25: Mesa CC, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.

March 28: at Yavapai College, Prescott, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

April 1: at GateWay CC, Phoenix, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.

April 4: at Central Arizona, Coolidge, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

SOFTBALL: Pima trying to find batting consistency

SOFTBALL: Pima trying to find batting consistency

By CASEY MUSE JR.

The Pima Community College softball team has entered the full swing of the regular season. Players are looking to establish some consistency with their bats as they look to reach their full potential.

Feb. 16: PCC 10, Colorado Northwestern 13 / PCC 6, Colorado Northwestern 3

The Aztecs split a non-conference home match-up with Colorado Northwestern. Both offenses were on fire in the first game.

Freshman Megan Flores finished with one run scored, sophomore Bailey Critchlow finished the game three for five, with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Freshman Mandy Lorenson took the loss in the game after pitching two relief innings. She finished with three hits, three strikeouts and seven walks.

The Aztecs learned their lesson and did not let the lead slip in the second game.

In the first inning, sophomore Amy Pacheco drove in fellow sophomore Margarita Corona and Flores. Pima added two more in the fourth inning to make the score 5-0.

Critchlow earned the win as she shutout the Spartans for the entire game, finishing with three earned runs, six hits, four strikeouts and four walks.

Feb. 18: PCC 6, Central Arizona CC 5

Pima was able to win one conference game before the rain in a home meeting.

Things started out slow for the Aztecs as they fell to an early 5-0 deficit. However, PCC rallied and scored six unanswered runs, to give Central Arizona their first ACCAC conference loss.

Critchlow hit the game winning RBI single to score freshman Edith Prieto. Pima didn’t have any runs on the board until the fifth inning.

Critchlow took the win, pitching the entire game. She finished with five runs earned, 10 hits, one strikeout, and five walks.

The second game of the doubleheader was postponed for March 9, due to the weather.

Feb. 21: PCC 10, Eastern 9 / PCC 6, Eastern 8

Pima split a conference meeting with Eastern Arizona at home.

Pima took the lead early on back-to-back RBIs from Sophomores Courtney Brown and Critchlow. Eastern Arizona began their comeback in fifth inning and by the seventh, the Gila Monsters had a one run lead of their own.

Critchlow clutched a walkoff two run RBI single to win the game. Critchlow also earned the win as she pitched the entire game finishing with 10 hits, one strikeout and two walks.

Eastern Arizona was surely out for revenge in the second game. The game remained close throughout as the Gila Monsters were able to score the tying run in the seventh to send the game to extra innings. Pima just could not find any offense in the eighth and Eastern Arizona was able to score two runs to steal the win.

Sophomore Luisa Silvain took the loss as she pitched the entire game and finished with 12 hits, three strikeouts and three walks.

Feb. 25: PCC 8, Scottsdale 0 / PCC 11, Scottsdale 0

The Aztecs dominated the conference double header with Scottsdale Community College.

The first game was busted open by the Aztecs in the third inning, scoring seven runs. They did not look back from there and carried the momentum over into the second game.

The team was able to score nine runs in the fourth inning of game two and never let the Artichokes score any runs of their own. Both games ended in a shutout.

Sophomore Luisa Silvain earned the win in the first game finishing with five hits and three strikeouts. Freshman Megan Lorenson got the win in the second game, finishing with two hits, seven strikeouts and two walks.

Nicholas Trujillo./Aztec Press Margarita Corona goes for swings against GateWay Community College, on Valentines Day.

 

SOFTBALL: Aztecs looking for consistency during season start

SOFTBALL: Aztecs looking for consistency during season start

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.

 

ON DECK

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.

 

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SOFTBALL: Aztecs continue to establish program

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.

 

ON DECK

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.

Softball: Aztecs have score to settle

Softball: Aztecs have score to settle

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

run-rule victories.

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

Phoenix.”

For season results and stats, visit pimaaztecs.com.

The ACCAC Division II Regional Tournament is on May 6-7.

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Tough life experiences provide motivation for softball sisters

Tough life experiences provide motivation for softball sisters

Sisters Kalynn Martinez, left, and Aubre Carpenter enjoy a playful moment. Both have played softball for Pima Community College. (Jason Weir/Aztec Press)

Sisters Kalynn Martinez, left, and Aubre Carpenter enjoy a playful moment. Both have played softball for Pima Community College. (Jason Weir/Aztec Press)

By JASON WEIR

Drug-addicted birth, adoption, family, softball, college.

This has been the progression for two sisters born by the same drug-addicted mother and then saved through adoption by two loving families.

Aubre Carpenter, 23, and Kalynn Martinez, 19, have no trouble keeping softball in perspective.

They both overcame the odds against them at birth.

Carpenter’s mother was addicted to crack when she was born.

“I was really underweight,” Carpenter said. “She even did it the day I was born. I am surprised that I didn’t have any major birth defects.”

The pattern repeated itself with the mother’s next child four years later.

“My mom was in jail for half the pregnancy,” Martinez said.

She wonders if that fact saved her from being a “crack baby” like her sister.

Both sisters were born in Las Vegas and found families in Tucson through adoption.

“My brothers used to tell me I was the grand prize for losing in Las Vegas,” Carpenter said.

Both were also leaders for Pima Community College softball head coach Armando Quiroz.

“You can’t teach leadership, you can’t teach aggressiveness, you can’t teach desire, you can’t teach work ethic,” Quiroz said. “They have it. I am not surprised they are sisters.”

Carpenter was 5 months old at the time of her adoption.

She had already been left in a foster home multiple times before family members in Tucson took action.

“My aunt, who is my mom now, came and got me,” Carpenter said.

Martinez was three-weeks-old at the time of her adoption. Carpenter’s brother played in a soccer league at the time, and a teammate’s parent had family members who were looking to adopt.

“My parents couldn’t take another kid, I made eight,” Carpenter said. “So they put her with a family friend.”

Martinez learned of her adoption in eighth grade.

Their birth mother was in a Tucson rehab center at the time, and Carpenter took Martinez to meet her.

“It was very eye-opening,” Martinez said. “It was very clear she wasn’t fit to care for a child.”

The sisters saw their birth mother one more time, after learning she was dying. They paid her a visit in Las Vegas, where she lay in a hospital bed on life support.

“They had the blanket over her and it looked like there was nothing there,” Martinez said. “I didn’t know her, but it really hit me being there.”

The hospital needed a decision about discontinuing life support. As the oldest, Carpenter was prepared to give approval but it was not needed as their birth mother died during the night.

The sisters became exceptional softball players who used their talent to pursue higher learning.

Carpenter’s All-American career at Pima generated multiple softball scholarship offers, and she chose Indiana State.

She played in the NCAA World Series both years at Indiana State and earned a degree in criminology.

Martinez, a sophomore criminal justice major, has created a similar path. Morgan State and Baltimore have already offered her full-ride scholarships, but she is waiting until the post-season to make a decision. “I still have a lot of visits that I have to take,” she said.

Her perspective shows when talking about the factors in her decision. She would like to play shortstop, but won’t base her choice on that factor alone.

“I look more at the program’s history,” Martinez said. “I can play wherever a coach needs me.”

Her current coach agrees. “They are both so talented and skilled that they don’t have to worry about who is there,” Quiroz said. “They are going to prove themselves.”

Martinez may finish her Pima career just as her sister did. Carpenter was named All-American and helped lead the Aztecs to a regional championship as the second seed her final year.

Pima will nominate Martinez for All-American honors, Quiroz said. The Aztecs head into this year’s regional as the second seed.

Leadership from Quiroz helped Martinez through a rough stretch early in the season.

“Nobody is perfect, he definitely understands that,” Martinez said. “He kept the faith in me.”

Quiroz returns the compliment.

“She is our best athlete,” he said. “Anybody I replace her with will be less than her, athletically.”

Quiroz’s faith in her sister didn’t surprise Carpenter.

“He cares a lot more than people realize,” she said. “They are not just girls on his team, they are like his children.”

The sisters appreciate the gift they were given.

“I am lucky,” Carpenter said. “If I wouldn’t have been adopted, I probably would have been in and out of jail.”

Carpenter thanked her birth mother.

“Because of her decision, I don’t touch drugs or alcohol,” Carpenter said.

Her sister nodded in agreement by her side.

Coach earns unprecedented 400 wins

Coach earns unprecedented 400 wins

By JASON WEIR

Softball head coach Armando Quiroz recently surpassed 400 wins at Pima Community College. He had 412 wins as of April 4, the most on record at PCC.

The milestone caused the coach to reflect on his eight seasons with the Aztecs.

“My thoughts go to all the talented and wonderful young ladies that have come through this program,” Quiroz said.

“Nothing would be possible without their sacrifices and commitments,” he added. “They continue to amaze me with their skill level and the undying love they have for the game.

Quiroz is just as quick to give his coaching staff credit.

“The best group of coaches anyone could ever hope to have,” he said. “I am humbled every day by their selfless commitments to our young ladies. Nothing ever happened on our team ‘til they all did their jobs. We have 400 wins and counting, thank you.”

A Tucson native, Quiroz was hired by Pima in 2008 after a stint with Eastern New Mexico University from 2005-07.

Quiroz coached softball at Flowing Wells High School from 1999-2004 (161-48-1).

There, he was able to coach his daughter, Rebekah, to back-to-back state championships in 1999 and 2000. Quiroz’s 2001 team was ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN in March 2001.

He met his wife of 35 years, Elsa, in Tucson. Rebekah is one of their three children. They also have a son Armando Jr. and another daughter, Katy.

Family is very important to Quiroz. While at Eastern New Mexico University, his family was still in Tucson when he found out his son was going to war, the first of two tours.

“I just knew at that point I better come home,” Quiroz said.

Eastern New Mexico did not want to lose him and offered him more money to stay.

“It’s not about money, it is about family,” Quiroz told them. “My son is going to war and I need to be home with my wife.”

His mantra for players is faith, family, school, softball. “We are hard-nosed softball people, but it is still number four on the list.”

Rebekah Quiroz has been an assistant coach with her father in each of his eight years at Pima.

“He expects to win and treats his girls like family,” she said. “They trust him.”

The younger Quiroz hopes to someday inherit the head job.

“I hope to take over this program and do the same exact thing he has been doing,” she said. “A winning program. He has taught me very well.”

She is not the only one to recognize his gift. The Pima County Sports Hall of Fame inducted Quiroz in 2008.

“I was honored,” he said of his induction. “We never enter this profession thinking Hall of Fame.”

After graduating from Tucson Magnet High School, Quiroz went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.

He earned both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees with a 4.0 grade point average.

He calls his current team a work in progress as they head into the playoffs.

“Effort and attitude are controllable and this team has done a great job with these two qualities,” he said.

The No. 16 Aztecs are currently 33-14, 21-11 in ACCAC, and gearing up for the ACCAC tournament May 6.

“We have progressed so far from the fall season but must continue to do so daily,” Quiroz said. “We are working hard to peak at playoff time in early May.

“They have worked hard and sacrificed like our past teams and that’s all I can ask of them,” he added. “We have kept our eyes on the prize at the end of the regular season.”

Softball head coach Armando Quiroz runs drills during training. Quiroz has won more softball games than anyone in school history. (Jason Weir/Aztec Press)

Softball head coach Armando Quiroz runs drills during training. Quiroz has won more softball games than anyone in school history. (Jason Weir/Aztec Press)

Aztecs sweep two doubleheaders

Aztecs sweep two doubleheaders

Freshman Courtney Brown swings at the pitch against the Yavapai Roughriders on Feb. 6. Pima is currently ranked No. 9 nationally. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

Freshman Courtney Brown swings at the pitch against the Yavapai Roughriders on Feb. 6. Pima is currently ranked No. 9 nationally. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

By JASON WEIR

The No. 9 ranked Pima Community College softball team (11-7, 8-4 in ACCAC) was involved in three doubleheader sweeps Feb. 13-20, with two of them ending in their favor.

Two PCC players were honored for their play Feb. 8-14.

Sophomore Odalis Orduno was named both the ACCAC Division II Pitcher of the Week and the NJCAA Player of the Week.

Orduno pitched in three of the four wins that week, winning two and saving another. She pitched 12 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five.

Freshman Bailey Critchlow was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week.

She went eight-for-12 at the plate in that span, driving in seven runs and scoring seven runs. Critchlow also earned two victories in 11.1 innings.

The Feb. 23 game at Paradise Valley Community College took place after the Aztec Press went to print.

Pima lost a doubleheader on the road Feb. 20 at No. 1 Phoenix College.

The Bears won the first game 11-7, with the Aztecs trying to play catch up all game after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning.

Orduno suffered the loss, 5-3, after  allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. She struck out three to go with two walks.

In the second game, Pima held a lead going into the seventh inning but the Bears won 3-2 on a two-run walk-off homer.

Critchlow allowed one earned run but received the loss, 6-3. She allowed four hits and struck out seven.

The Aztecs didn’t help themselves with 11 errors in the two games.

One bright spot for the day was the performance of sophomore Christine Olivas. She went five -for-seven at the plate, driving in three runs.

The Aztecs returned home to play South Mountain Community College on Feb. 16.

Pima had its second straight Game 1 victory by run-rule, as they scored five runs in the fifth inning to win 8-0.

Orduno received the win, allowing one hit and striking out four.

Just like the previous doubleheader, the second game was much closer.

The Aztecs trailed as they entered the final inning, but an Olivas single drove in two runs to win the game 5-4.

Critchlow pitched a complete game and got the win. She allowed three runs and struck out two.

PCC won its Feb. 13 doubleheader at Glendale Community College.

Pima earned a run-rule victory over the Gauchos in the first game, after scoring 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning. The final score was 15-1.

Orduno allowed one run in the victory and struck out three.

The Gauchos tried to come back in the second game by scoring three runs in the sixth inning.

However, Pima freshman pitcher Luisa Silvain took out the last four batters to pick up the save in the 7-5 victory.

Critchlow was credited with the win. She also hit a two-run homer in the third inning.

The Aztecs play Feb. 27 in the El Paso Tournament in Texas.

 


 

ON DECK

Feb. 27: @ El Paso, Texas,

El Paso Tournament

March 1: Central Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

March 5: @ Eastern Arizona College, doubleheader,

noon, 2 p.m.

March 8: Arizona Western College, West Campus, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

SOFTBALL: No. 9 Aztecs sweep Mesa doubleheader

SOFTBALL: No. 9 Aztecs sweep Mesa doubleheader

By JASON WEIR

No. 9 Pima Community College (7-5) swept its Feb. 9 doubleheader at Mesa Community College.

The Aztecs won the first game 8-1. Sophomore pitcher Odalis Orduno pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and striking out two. PCC scored the only runs it needed in the second inning, taking a 3-0 lead when freshman Courtney Brown hit an RBI double. The Aztecs added four runs in the seventh inning to stretch their lead. Freshman Bailey Critchlow went 3-for-3 and scored two runs.

The Thunderbirds rebounded in the second game to score nine runs, losing 10-9. Winning pitcher Critchlow pitched six innings, allowing 11 hits and striking out one. Critchlow helped herself, again going 3-for-3 at the plate again. Mesa rallied in the bottom of the seventh trailing 10-5. After the Thunderbirds scored four runs in the innings, Orduno, who got the save in relief, got a bases loaded ground-out to end the game.

The Aztecs lost their home opener doubleheader against the Yavapai College Roughriders on Feb. 6.

Pima fell behind early in the first game. After reaching base on an error, sophomore Araceli Peralta scored, tying the game at 1-1 when freshman Courtney Brown doubled in the bottom of the third. The Aztecs were scoreless the rest of the game and Yavapai won 5-1.

Orduno pitched a complete game, allowing 10 hits while striking out three.

The Aztecs held a 2-1 lead going into the top of the seventh of the second game. The Roughriders led off the seventh with a single before Pima starting pitcher freshman Bailey Critchlow struck out the next two batters. Yavapai then hit a two-run double, taking a 3-2 lead.

Pima put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but was unable to push the tying run across the plate before losing 3-2. Critchlow pitched a complete game, allowing eight hits and striking out two.

The games were scheduled at Yavapai but were relocated to Pima early in the week due to weather. The March 22 home date against the Roughriders has now been moved to Yavapai.

Pima started conference play 2-0 after sweeping a doubleheader on Feb. 2 at Scottsdale Community College.

The Aztecs won the first game 3-2. Freshman Larissa Rodriguez hit a single in the top of the seventh inning, scoring freshman Gabriela Trejo to end a 2-2 tie.

Brown’s two-run home run in the fifth inning put Pima on the board after falling behind 2-0. Orduno pitched a complete-game and had five strikeouts.

In the second game, Pima got out to a quick start by taking a 6-0 lead in the second on their way to the 7-4 win.

Freshman Margarita Corona had three RBIs, getting two on a single in the first inning and one on a sacrifice in the second. Critchlow picked up the win, pitching a complete-game with two strikeouts.

The Aztecs had a rough start to their season, going 3-3 at the Southern Nevada Kick-Off Classic.

The second and final day of the Classic saw Pima doing a reversal of its record from the day before by only winning one of three games on Jan. 30.

The final day of the Classic started badly for the Pima Aztecs.

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartans shut out the Aztecs 8-0 in the first game. The Spartans allowed Pima just two hits for the game. Freshman Luisa Silvain received the loss, giving up six runs (two earned) off five hits in the first two innings.

The Aztecs’ rough day continued in the second game as they lost 16-4 in five innings against the No. 5 ranked Salt Lake Community College Bruins.

The Bruins took control of the game right away, scoring six runs in the first and adding seven more in the second. Critchlow received the loss after getting a win the day before to even her record at 1-1.

Pima finished the Classic with a win.

The final game against the Snow College Badgers lasted eight innings before sophomore Araceli Peralta drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring sophomore Kalynn Martinez in the top of the eighth inning. Critchlow struck out two in the bottom of the eighth as Pima held on to win 11-10.

The Classic started with three games on Jan. 29 and the Aztecs went 2-1.

Pima won the first game against the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles, when the team rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in what was a 3-3 tie.

Corona’s run home in the sixth capped a three-run final inning as the Aztecs won 11-3. Orduno, who came in to pitch the final two innings, was credited with the win. Orduno didn’t allow a run and struck out two.

The Aztecs lost their second game of the day against Western Nevada College Wildcats 5-4.

Pima scored two runs in the first inning but the Wildcats took the lead by scoring three runs of their own in the second inning, and grabbed the lead for good.

Orduno, who started the second game after getting the win in the first game, received the loss. She went two and one-third innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and two walks.

Pima finished the first day with a 14-1 win in the third game against El Paso Community College Tejanos in five innings. The Aztecs exploded in the fourth inning, putting up 13 runs on 10 hits. Brown’s three-run home run was a highlight of the inning.

Critchlow pitched all five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits. Critchlow also helped the offense by getting two RBIs while going 2-for-3 at the plate.

ON DECK

Feb. 13: @ Glendale Community College, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.

Feb. 16: South Mountain Community College, West Campus, doubleheader,
1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Feb. 20: @ Phoenix College, doubleheader, noon, 2 p.m.

Feb. 23: @ Paradise Valley Community College, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

 

SOFTBALL- Pima finishes second in region tourney

SOFTBALL- Pima finishes second in region tourney

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.”

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Sophomores on the PCC softball team gather for a photo on their last home game. (Photo courtesy of Pima Athletics)

Softball: Aztecs charge into postseason play

Softball: Aztecs charge into postseason play

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.

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Sophomore Jackie Hernandez gets in position against Chandler-Gilbert CC on April 9.

 


ON DECK

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.

 

Softball: Team’s winning streak ends

Softball: Team’s winning streak ends

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.

ON DECK

March 31: @ Glendale CC, 1 p.m.
April 4: South Mountain CC, West Campus, 2 p.m.
April 7: @ Phoenix CC, 1 p.m.

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Alexis Alfonso winds up her arm for a pitch against Chandler-Gilbert at home on March 17. Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics