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The Pima College baseball team continued its offensive onslaught as it scored double-figure runs for the sixth straight game on Friday in a doubleheader sweep of GateWay at Mesa.
The Aztecs (28-8, 15-5 in ACCAC) scored 25 runs in both games against GateWay (14-17, 7-13) as they won their tenth straight game.
Sophomore Luis Garcia (Salpointe Catholic grad) finished the day 5 for 6 with seven RBIs, two runs and two doubles. Freshman David Shackelford closed out the day 3 for 5 with four RBIs, three runs and three walks. Sophomore Hunter Faildo was 5 for 9 with an RBI and a run. Sophomore Anthony Imhoff and freshman Alessandro Castro (Pusch Ridge) got the wins.
Game 1: Pima 10, GateWay 3: The Aztecs took the lead with four runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth and added more insurance in the later innings to pick up the win.
Sophomore Andrew Stucky (Canyon del Oro) started off the third inning with a double, which was followed by Faildo’s single. Freshman Benji Cazares (Tucson High) put the Aztecs on the scoreboard with an RBI double to score Stucky. Faildo would later score on a wild pitch. Sophomore Joey Adge and Shackelford had back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to make it 4-0.
Shackelford had another bases loaded walk in the fourth inning to plate Cazares. Garcia padded Pima’s lead to 7-0 with a two-run RBI double to bring in freshman Antonio Avila and sophomore Rocco Gump.
The Geckos scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth but the Aztecs got the runs back with one in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth. Avila hit an RBI triple in the fifth to bring around Cazares. Garcia and sophomore Gage Mestas hit back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth inning.
Garcia finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run. Shackelford went 1 for 1 with two RBIs, a run and three walks. Cazares was 2 for 4 with an RBI and three runs. Avila closed out the game at 1 for 3 with an RBI, two runs and two walks.
Imhoff (7-1) picked up the win after he threw six innings, giving up three runs (three earned) on four hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk on 104 pitches.
Game 2: Pima 15, GateWay 2 (7 innings): The Aztecs scored the first 15 runs of the game as they completed the sweep with a run-rule victory.
The Aztecs scored two runs in the second inning, five runs in the third inning, six in the fifth and one run in each the sixth and seventh innings.
Garcia continued to produce a strong bat as he hit RBI singles in each the second and third innings. He made it 9-0 in the fifth with a two-run RBI double. Garcia went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and a run scored.
Shackelford carried on his momentum from the first game as he hit a two-run RBI double in the third inning to make it 6-0 as he finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Sophomore Braedon Mondeau (Cienega) led off the second inning with a home run to put the Aztecs on the scoreboard. He also had an RBI single in the third inning and was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Faildo closed out the game 3 for 4 with an RBI double in the sixth inning.
Castro (5-2) got the win as he pitched five shutout innings, giving up six hits with four strikeouts and two walks on 74 pitches.
The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus Aztec Baseball Field on Tuesday when they play Chandler-Gilbert in an ACCAC doubleheader. First game starts at noon.