Pima Community College allowed only one run Saturday as the Aztecs defeated Cochise College 3-1 and 10-0 in a doubleheader at Aztec Baseball Field.
The first run of the first game came off an RBI single from sophomore Angel Ochoa (Canyon del Oro grad). Cochise College tied the game in the top of the sixth inning.
In the bottom of that inning, Ochoa got his second RBI of the game on a ground-rule double, and sophomore Terrell Huggins (Cienega) added an RBI double to put the Aztecs up 3-1.
Freshman pitcher Brandon Zastrow recorded the win for Pima.
Game two was dominated by Pima.
In the bottom of the second inning, Huggins hit a two-run home run and the Aztecs never looked back from there, run-ruling the Apaches 10-0 in seven innings.
Freshman Alex Kelch (Tucson High) and Ochoa each had an RBI in a game in which many of the Aztec batters reached base by walks.
Sophomore pitcher Noah Estrella (Flowing Wells) recorded the shutout win for Pima.
Ochoa was confident at the plate in both games of the doubleheader.
“Honestly, it’s just a mental approach, just making sure I keep my confidence before I go up to bat, making sure I’m focused” Ochoa said. “I always look at something on my bat to make sure that my vision is on, and I’m focused and there’s nothing bothering me. I just saw the ball well today.”
Pima head coach Ken Jacome was impressed by the way the Aztecs pitched and hit the ball in both games of the doubleheader.
“We pitched really well today, we only used two pitchers, that’s almost unheard of in college baseball these days,” said Jacome. “They did a good job throwing strikes, and our guys swung the bats and scored some runs, so when you put those two things together it usually makes for a good day.”
In a doubleheader on a sunny afternoon in which Pima outscored Cochise College a total of 13-1, it definitely was a good day.
Pima (35-9 overall, 26-8 ACCAC) plays next in a doubleheader against Arizona Western College on Tuesday at Aztec Baseball Field at the West Campus.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.