The Pima College softball team picked up its second straight road sweep over an ACCAC Division I opponent at Arizona Western College on Saturday in Yuma.
Sophomore Mia Casadei (Tanque Verde HS) provided a huge spark on offense as she finished the day 5 for 8 with seven RBIs and a run against Arizona Western (22-26, 21-15). Sophomores Wendy Castro (Canyon del Oro) and Alissandra Montiel (Cholla) got the wins in the circle.
Game 1: Pima 16, Arizona Western 4 (5 innings)
The Aztecs (27-16, 23-11 in ACCAC) used a nine-run fourth inning to take control and earn the first game victory.
Freshman Mina Chacon (Tucson High) put the Aztecs up 3-0 with a three-run homer after it scored sophomore Elise Munoz (Salpointe Catholic) and freshman Camila Zepeda (Tucson).
Up 4-0 in the third inning, the Aztecs got back-to-back RBI doubles from freshman Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Sahuarita) sophomore Stephanie Tapia to make it 6-0. Casadei also hit an RBI single in the inning to put Pima up 7-0.
Zylinski-Wrobel, Casadei and Zepeda each had two-run hits in the fourth inning.
Casadei finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a run while Chacon went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs. Zylinski-Wrobel was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs. Munoz went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. Tapia finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs and freshman Madison Fillman-Moreno (Sabino) scored two runs, had two walks and an RBI.
Castro (11-5) got her third straight win in the circie after she pitched all five innings, giving up four runs (four earned) on seven hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
Game 2: Pima 6, Arizona Western 5 (8 innings)
The Aztecs rallied and picked up the win in extra innings to complete the sweep.
Chacon scored on a wild pitch to break the tie in the eighth inning. Tapia drew a walk and pinch runner Jazlyn Felix (Willcox) replaced her on the base paths. With two outs, Casadei hit an RBI single to plate Felix to make it 6-4.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Matadors had two runners on with no outs. Montiel got a strikeout, but the next batter hit an RBI double. The Matadors tried to tie the game but freshman Jasmine Majonica (Flowing Wells) threw a bullet to Zylinski-Wrobel, who made the tag and got the second runner out at home plate preserving a one-run lead.
Montiel got the next batter to fly out to end the game.
The Aztecs trailed 4-1 after three innings of play but began their rally in the top of the fourth. Tapia drew a leadoff walk and Fillman-Moreno hit a double. Tapia scored on an error and Fillman-Moreno scored on Casadei’s groundout. Arizona Western’s lead dwindled to 4-3.
Casadei hit a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning, driving in Majonica to help set up extra innings.
Casadei also had an RBI double in the second inning as she finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Tapia drew four walks and scored two runs in the game. Fillman-Moreno was 1 for 2 with a run scored.
Montiel (2-3) got the win after she pitched a complete-game, giving up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Aztecs continue on the road Tuesday when they play GateWay Community College in Mesa. First game starts at 1:00 p.m.
The Pima baseball team (36-12) stepped away from ACCAC conference play on Saturday as it hosted Post Grad Sports Baseball at the West Campus Aztec Field.
Freshman Elijah Reeves (Marana) closed out the day going 3 for 7 with two RBIs and two runs. Fellow freshman Jontae Hennesy was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, three runs and two walks. Sophomore Matt Romero got the win in relief in the first game and freshman Alessandro Castro (Pusch Ridge) threw five shutout innings to get the win in the second game.
Game 1: Pima 8, Post Grad Sports Baseball 3: The Aztecs took the lead in the fourth inning with seven runs to pick up the first-game win.
Reeves tied the game with an RBI single to score freshman Antonio Avila, who led off the inning with a walk. Sophomore Andrew Maxwell scored on a wild pitch and then the Aztecs got three straight RBI singles from sophomore Hunter Faildo, freshman Benji Cazares (Tucson High) and sophomore Braeden Mondeau (Cienega) to make it 6-2. Avila drew a bases loaded walk and Mondeau scored on a passed ball to cap off the inning as Pima led 8-2.
Reeves finished the game going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run. Faildo was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run while Cazares went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run. Mondeau finished 1 for 4 with an RBI and two runs. Avila and Maxwell each drew two walks and scored a run.
Romero got the win in relief as he pitched three innings, giving up two runs (none earned) on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Game 2: Pima 13, Post Grad Sports Baseball 0 (7 innings):
The Aztecs scored runs in the first four innings while Castro did his work on the mound.
Castro picked up the win after he pitched five innings, and surrendered just one hit with nine strikeouts and no walks.
Up 7-0, the Aztecs scored five in the fouth inning frame.
Hennesy hit an RBI single to score sophomore Kaden Stremick and with two outs, sophomore Luis Garcia (Salpointe) hit a two-run RBI single to make it 12-0. Freshman David Shackelford and sophomore Rocco Gump scored runs earlier in the inning.
Hennesy had an RBI double in the third inning and finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs and three runs. Stremick hit a two-run RBI single in the first inning and finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs. Garcia closed out the game 1 for 3 with three RBIs, two runs and two walks while freshman Brant Kragel drove an RBI double in the first inning and was 1 for 2 with an RBI, two runs and two walks. Reeves went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run and Shackelford was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs.
The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus Aztec Field on Tuesday when they host Cochise College in an ACCAC doubleheader. First pitch is at noon.
TRACK & FIELD
The Pima College men’s and women’s track & field team competed at the Mesa Outdoor Invitational on Friday in Mesa.
The Aztecs produced five first-place finishes at the meet.
The No. 12-ranked Aztecs women’s team claimed three first-place spots.
Freshman Trinity Bethea took first place in the 400-meter race with a season-best time of 57.22 seconds. Her previous best was 58.66 set at the NAU Tune-Up during the Indoor Season. The national qualifying time is set at 56.34.
Freshman Brooke Peterson earned first place in the pole vault with a mark of 3.50 meters (11-feet, 5.75-inches). Her best mark during the Outdoor Season has been 3.68 meters (12-0.75).
Freshman Tianna Moseley claimed the top spot in the triple jump as she finished with a mark of 10.99 meters (36-0.75). Her best mark in the event is 11.33 meters (37-2.25) as she inches closer to the national qualifying mark of 11.64 meters.
The No. 11-ranked Aztecs men’s team produced two first-place finishers.
Sophomore Trey Tintinger matched his best high jump feat of the outdoor season as he took first place with a jump of 2.07 meters (6-9.50).
Sophomore Joshua Bowen closed out the javelin in first place with a throw of 47.70 meters (156-6). He set his national qualifier at 54.04 meters (177-3) last month at the GCU Invitational
The Aztecs will compete in their final regular-season meet of the season on Friday and Saturday at the Canyon Invitational at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.