Pima Community College sports

Pima baseball wins all four of its games in Zinger Bats Juco Invitational at Mesa

Pima media-relations director Ray Suarez provided the information for this report:

The Pima Community College baseball team capped off play at the Zinger Bats JUCO Invitational on Sunday at Sloan Park in Mesa by picking up two more wins and finishing 4-0 for the weekend.

The Aztecs defeated Trinidad (Colo.) State College and El Paso Community College on Sunday.

Sophomore Elijah Reeves (Marana) finished the day going 4 for 7 with an RBI, two runs, two walks and three steals.

Freshman Caden Richards went 2 for 8 with four RBIs, three runs and two steals.

Freshman Andrew Hall hit a home run in the second game.

Freshman Auggie Richie (Sabino) pitched five innings of shutout ball while Pima’s bullen combined to go 9 2/3 innings giving up one hit with 16 strikeouts.

Pima 15, Trinidad State 0 (7 innings)

The Aztecs took the lead early and helped seal the run-rule win with eight runs in the sixth inning.

Sophomore Jontae Hennesy drove in two runs as he reached on an error while fellow sophomore Austin Madsen (Canyon del Oro) hit a two-run RBI triple. Freshmen Chase Cummings, Leon Cereceres and Richards each produced RBI singles in the inning.

Richards scored on an error in the first inning to put the Aztecs on the board and drove a two-run RBI single to center field in the second inning, bringing around Hennesy and sophomore Caleb Herd (Cienega).

Hennesy hit an RBI single in the third inning to score sophomore Brant Kragel to make it 4-0.

The Aztecs tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning. Kragel and Cummings scored on wild pitches and Reeves drove in Hennesy with an RBI single to make it 7-0.

Hennesy finished the game 2 for 4 with three RBIs, three runs and three steals. Richards was also 2 for 4 with three RBIs, two runs and two steals. Cummings went 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs while Reeves finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk.

Madsen went 1 for 1 with two RBIs and a run. Kragel drew three walks and scored two runs along with two steals.

Richie picked up the win after throwing five scoreless innings, giving up two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks on 82 pitches. Sophomore Tommy White pitched the final two innings with four strikeouts.

The Aztecs were aggressive on the base paths as they finished the day with 14 stolen bases.

Pima 12, El Paso 7: The Aztecs and the Tejanos went back and forth with the offensive onslaughts to start the game, but the Pima bullpen locked down to help secure the win.

The Aztecs rallied in the bottom of the first inning with five runs.

Freshman Nolan Ganter tied the game after he hit an RBI single scoring Cereceres. With two outs, Hall hit a home run on an 0-1 count and drove it to left field for the three-run homer scoring Madsen and Ganter. Pima took a 5-2 lead.

The Tejanos took the lead back with five runs in the second inning. Freshman Alex Gilliam came in for relief and got the last two outs of the inning, but Pima trailed 7-5.

Freshmen Ray Jesse and sophomore Sterling Albrand hit back-to-back RBI singles in the third inning to tie the game. The Aztecs took the lead for good in the fourth when freshman Collin Senior hit an RBI single to score Richards and Ganter scored on a passed ball to make it 9-7.

Richards brought in Reeves after a groundout in the fifth inning. Sophomore Ruben Castro (Tucson) scored after stealing home plate in the seventh inning and Hall drove in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Hall went 1 for 1 with four RBIs, two runs and three walks. Ganter was 2 for 3 with an RBI, three runs and two walks. Reeves finished 3 for 4 with two runs and a walk.

Gilliam picked up the win after he pitched 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Freshman Taylin Oana threw two innings, giving up one hit with three strikeouts and sophomore Garrett Hicks closed out the final two innings with four strikeouts.

The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus Aztec Baseball Field on Friday when they host Luna (N.M.) Community College for a doubleheader. First game starts at 11:00 a.m.

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