The Pima Community College softball team (35-23, 26-22 in ACCAC) is going to experience a rarity for the program in the last 16 years; miss the Region I playoffs.
The Aztecs fell to South Mountain Community College (13-46, 10-38) and finished two games behind Central Arizona College for the final spot in the Region I, Division I tournament.
Game 1: South Mountain CC Cougars 6, Pima CC Aztecs 2: The Cougars scored two runs in the 1st inning and three in the 5th to create a gap.
The Aztecs got on the board in the 3rd inning when sophomore Edith Prieto (Sunnyside HS) hit a groundout RBI to score freshman Mackenzie Judge (Ironwood Ridge HS) to cut South Mountain's lead to 2-1. Sophomore Alyssa Smith (Winslow HS) made it a one-run game again at 3-2 in the 4th with a sacrifice-fly RBI to drive in sophomore Sierra Gentry.
Freshman Maria Vanezza Caldera (Tucson HS) finished the game 2 for 3 while Gentry and Judge each went 1 for 2 with one run scored.
Gentry took the loss (5-7) as she pitched six innings giving up six runs (six earned) on eight hits with three walks.
Game 2: South Mountain CC Cougars 23, Pima CC Aztecs 9 (5 innings): The Cougars erased the Aztecs advantage after the top of the 2nd inning as they scored 16 runs in the 2nd and seven runs in the 3rd inning.
Arviso finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored while Cabral also went 3 for 3 with a run scored. Garcia was 1 for 2 with a run scored. Duarte finished 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Sophomore Marissa Moreno (Desert Vista HS) took the loss (0-2).
The Aztecs had eight sophomores and nine freshman on this year's squad.