Flores has game-winning hit as Aztecs softball splits with Eastern Arizona College

Sophomore Megan Flores (Salpointe Catholic HS) hit a game-winning RBI single in the first game to cap a comeback victory. The Aztecs dropped the second game and are now 12-6 overall and 5-5 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Raymond Suarez
Sophomore Megan Flores (Salpointe Catholic HS) hit a game-winning RBI single in the first game to cap a comeback victory. The Aztecs dropped the second game and are now 12-6 overall and 5-5 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Raymond Suarez

The Pima Community College softball team (12-6, 5-5 in ACCAC) returned to the West Campus Softball Field on Wednesday for an ACCAC conference doubleheader against Eastern Arizona College (17-4, 10-2).

The Aztecs rallied to win the first game but the Gila Monsters had one big inning to turn the tide in the second game. Freshman Alese Casper went 4 for 6 while sophomore Alyse Talamante was 3 for 6 on the day.

Game 1: Pima CC Aztecs 7, Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters 6: The Aztecs scored five runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Sophomore Megan Flores (Salpointe Catholic HS) hit a game-winning RBI single to score fellow sophomore Chandler Arviso (Cibola HS).

Down 6-2 heading into the inning, freshman Paige Adair hit a sacrifice-fly RBI. Arviso and Casper hit back-to-back RBI singles. The Gila Monster had two errors in the inning.

Flores had an RBI in the in the 3rd inning and finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Arviso scored a run in the 3rd and had an RBI single in the 6th inning to finish 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Casper went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Talamante finished 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Adair picked up the win (11-1) as she pitched a complete-game giving up six runs (five earned) on 12 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

EAC   0 0 0 5 0 0 1  6
PCC   0 0 1 0 0 1 5  7

Game 2: Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters 13, Pima CC Aztecs 5 (5 innings): The Aztecs struck in the 1st inning but the Gila Monsters scored 12 runs in the 5th inning to take control.

Sophomore Sierra Gentry drew a bases loaded walk and Talamante followed with a grand slam to put the Aztecs up 5-0 after the 1st inning.

The Gila Monsters got on the board with a run in the 3rd inning before their barrage in the 5th.

Talamante finished 1 for 3 with four RBIs and a run scored. Casper was 2 for 2 with a run scored while sophomore Edith Prieto (Sunnyside HS) went 1 for 2 with a run scored.

Casper took the loss (1-5) as she pitched four and two-third innings giving up six runs (six earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks.

EAC    0 0 1 0 (12)   13
PCC    5 0 0 0   0       5

The Aztecs will head back on the road on Saturday when they play at Scottsdale Community College. The first game will start at 5:00 p.m.