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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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 BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College softball season came to an end May 10 at Arizona Western College in Yuma. The Aztecs finished the season with a 29-30 record.
No. 4 seed PCC reached the championship series of the Region I, Division I tournament playoffs but fell 6-0 to No. 1 AWC in the first game.
AWC scored four runs in the first inning after capitalizing on errors, then scored two more runs in the sixth inning. The Aztecs left nine runners stranded on base and made five errors during the game.
Pima had five hits, with sophomore Stacey Ramirez and freshman Alexis Dotson going 2 for 3. Sophomore Valerie Luera finished 1 for 2.
Sophomore Stephanie Vejar took the loss, dropping her record to 13-13 for the season. She gave up six runs, four earned, on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Ramirez and sophomore Victoria Mariscal both said the Aztecs had nothing to lose.
“I wasn’t too happy about the season but in the end, when it all mattered. we showed up and proved ourselves,” Ramirez said.
“In the playoffs, we just came together and played for each other so I couldn’t have asked for anything else,” she added. “We finished with everything we had.”
Mariscal said the season was bittersweet.
“We had it really rough during the regular season, so rough it seemed we almost gave up,” she said. “But we knew we had an opportunity at regionals and we looked at the regular season as practice games to better ourselves.”
The team showed a lot of heart during the playoffs, Mariscal added. “Not many teams can say they did what we did, and I’m so proud of all the girls. I wouldn’t change them for the world.”
In an earlier game on May 10, the Aztecs eliminated No. 2 seed Eastern Arizona College with an 8-0 shutout.
Freshman pitcher Celina Martinez improved her overall record to 9-12 after giving up six hits with two strikeouts and one walk. She set down Eastern in order with three straight pop-ups to close the game.
Dotson got the Aztecs on the scoreboard in the third inning when she led off with a double, and later scored off of a groundout by sophomore Danielle Strensby. Dotson scored her second run in the fifth inning when Luera hit into a fielder’s choice.
Mariscal hit a sacrifice-fly RBI to score freshman Jackie Hernandez to make it 3-0.
Pima added another run in the sixth inning when Dotson hit an RBI double to score freshman Ariana Murrieta, but the Aztecs really turned it on in the seventh when they scored four runs.
Freshman Alyssa Montoya hit a bunt single RBI to score Mariscal, and Dotson hit a three-run RBI triple plating freshman Taylor Fabing, Ramirez and Montoya.
Dotson went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Mariscal and Montoya each had an RBI and a run scored.
The Aztecs eliminated No. 3 Central Arizona College on May 9.
Both Eastern Arizona College and Central Arizona College swept the Aztecs during the regular season.
Pima advances in regional playoffs
By ANDREW PAXTON
The Pima Community College softball team was on the brink of elimination before a couple of its stars saved the day.
Having already lost the first game of the Region I, Division I tournament on May 9, PCC was down late in the second game before rallying for the dramatic victory.
The fourth-ranked Aztecs were down to No. 3 seed Central Arizona College 7-2 in the fourth inning before storming back.
Pima scored four runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to pull within a single point of Central.
Sophomore Danielle Stensby completed the comeback with an RBI single, followed by sophomore Valerie Luera’s go-ahead RBI single.
Sophomore Victoria Mariscal gunned down a runner at the plate in the seventh inning to maintain the 8-7 lead.
Sophomore Stephanie Vejar pitched a complete game, earning three strikeouts and improving her record to 13-12 on the season.
Mariscal finished the game 2 for 4, including a two-RBI double, while freshman Alexis Dotson went 3 for 4, hitting two triples and a double and scoring two runs.
Pima started the day with a tough 3-0 defeat to No. 1 seed Arizona Western. Freshman Celina Martinez took the loss.
The Aztecs will need to win three games on Saturday to qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament.
Pima will play whichever team loses between Arizona Western and Eastern Arizona College. The game will start at 11 a.m. in Yuma.
By BETO HOYOS
The Pima Community College softball team will be the No. 4 seed in the Division I regional tournament beginning May 9.
“We can do it if we play our best,” sophomore Victoria Mariscal said. “If we lose our first couple of games, then it’ll be tough.”
The Aztecs closed out the regular season on a four-game winning streak, ending May 3 with a sweep over Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Pima won the first game 5-3.
The Aztecs took an early 2-1 lead. In the third inning, sophomore Valerie Luera hit a solo home run. In the sixth inning, sophomore Danielle Stensby drove in sophomore Mariah Rodriguez to pad the lead.
Sophomore Stephanie Vejar picked up the win, bringing her season record to 12-12.
Rodriguez finished the game 3 for 3 with two runs scored, while freshman Alexis Dotson was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a triple.
In the second game, the Aztecs scored six runs in the second inning to take a 9-1 victory in five innings.
Freshman Celina Martinez pitched five innings, giving up one run and improving her record to 8-11.
Sophomore Stacey Ramirez finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored while Luera finished 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Sophomores on the team were recognized after the game.
On April 29, Pima swept GateWay Community College.
They won the first game in six innings, 11-3.
Mariscal hit a solo home run in the third inning. The Aztecs followed with a five-run fifth inning.
Martinez picked up the win after pitching all six innings. She had three strikeouts.
Freshmen Dotson and Jackie Garcia both finished the game 3 for 5 with an RBI.
Pima won the second game 19-0. They scored 11 runs in an explosive third inning.
Vejar threw a five-inning shutout, allowing six hits and picking up one strikeout.
Dotson finished the game 4 for 4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Stensby finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
On April 26, PCC split a doubleheader in Yuma against Arizona Western College.
The Aztecs won the first game 5-2. Pima held a slim lead most of the game, until Mariscal hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to provide a little more cushioning.
Mariscal finished 2 for 3 with a home run and Stensby finished 3 for 4 with an RBI.
Martinez pitched four innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and picking up a strikeout.
Vejar came in for the save and retired all nine batters she faced.
Pima lost the second game in five innings, 17-4.
Mariscal gave the Aztecs an early 3-0 lead with a three-run home run in the first inning. AWC quickly answered in the bottom of the first inning, scoring seven runs.
AWC went on another scoring rampage in the fourth inning, tacking on seven more runs.
Stensby was named ACCAC conference Division I Player of the Week for April 21-27.