Aztecs softball season ends at Region I Tournament

Pima softball/Photo by Ben Carbajal
Pima softball/Photo by Ben Carbajal

The Pima Community College softball team's season came to an end on Friday at the Region I, Division I Tournament in Prescott.

The Aztecs dropped their first two games on the day to finish in fourth place. The Aztecs were able to manufacture base runners but had trouble bringing them in as they finished the day leaving 15 on base.

Game 1: (2) Central Arizona College Vaqueras 5, (3) Pima CC Aztecs 2: The Vaqueras opened a sizable lead in the fifth inning with four runs and the Pima rally was cut short in the seventh.

The Vaqueras scored the first run of the game after a throwing error. They got to freshman pitcher Mandy Lorenson (Ironwood Ridge HS) in the fifth as they loaded the bases and Lorenson threw back-to-back walks and gave up an RBI single.

Sophomore Amy Pacheco (Sahuaro HS) and freshman Alyse Talamante hit back-to-back singles to open the top of the seventh and sophomore Gabriella Gorosave was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Sophomore Courtney Brown (Flowing Wells HS) hit a two-run RBI single to score pinch runners Chandler Arviso (Cibola HS) and Edith Prieto (Sunnyside HS). Sophomore Mari Ruiz (Cholla HS), who also came in as pinch runner, was forced out between third base and home plate. Sophomore Bailey Critchlow flied out to end the game.

Brown finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a double. Pacheco, Talamante, sophomore Gabriela Trejo (Desert View HS) and freshmen Megan Flores (Salpointe Catholic HS) and MaryAlys Julian (Gila Ridge HS) all went 1 for 3.

Lorenson took the loss (14-7) after she pitched six innings giving up five runs (five earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

Elimination Game: (1) Yavapai College Roughriders 10, (3) Pima CC Aztecs 0 (5 innings): The Aztecs could not contain the onslaught as the Roughriders scored in every inning which included five runs in the third.

The Aztecs had two base runners in each the first and second innings. They loaded the bases in the fourth inning but a fielder's choice play to second base ended the inning. The Aztecs left eight runners on base.

The Aztecs had five hits for the second game as sophomore Margarita Corona (Tucson HS) went 2 for 3 while Critchlow and Pacheco each finished 1 for 2. Freshman Alyssa Smith (Winslow HS) was 1 for 1 with a walk.

Lorenson took the loss (14-8) as she threw the first two and two-third innings giving up nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks. Sophomore Luisa Silvain (Cholla HS) pitched the final one and one-third giving up one run (one earned) on three hits with one strikeout and one walk.

The Aztecs closed out the season with an overall record of 38-21. They had 10 sophomores and 11 freshman on this year's squad.