Pima Community College sports

Pima softball’s winning streak reaches 16 games after doubleheader sweep of GateWay

Tucson High graduate Mina Chacon celebrates another win with her Pima teammates (Steve Escobar/Pima)

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

The Pima Community College softball team swept a doubleheader against GateWay at the West Campus Aztec Field to increase its winning streak to 16 games.

Pima (25-8, 12-2 in ACCAC) scored a season-high 42 runs in a two-game stretch over GateWay (8-17, 5-12).

Sophomore Mina Chacon (Tucson) finished the day 6 for 8 with nine RBIs, five runs, two home runs and two doubles. Freshman Stephany Montoya was 3 for 5 with six RBIs and four runs. Sophomore Camila Zepeda (Tucson) finished 3 for 7 with six runs, three steals and two RBIs. The Aztecs hit seven homers for the day.

 Game 1: Pima 21, GateWay 1 (5 innings): The Aztecs scored in every inning with at least three runs in each inning.

Up 3-0, the Aztecs took control with six runs in the second inning.

Chacon hit her first home run, which was a two-run shot to score Zepeda and make it 8-0.

Sophomore Kayla Miranda (Tucson) followed with a solo home run to cap the inning.

The Aztecs tacked on another nine runs in the third inning. Chacon drilled her second home run as she sent a three-run shot over the fence bringing in Zepeda and sophomore Jasmine Majonica (Flowing Wells) to make it 15-0.

Later in the inning, freshman Monique Bustamante (Salpointe Catholic) hit her own three-run homer to plate Montoya and freshman Jessica Thompson (Tanque Verde) to put it at 18-0.

Montoya capped off the offensive barrage in the fourth inning with a three-run shot scoring Majonica and Miranda.

Chacon finished the game 3 for 4 with six RBIs and three runs scored while Miranda was a flawless 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs. Bustamante was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs and Montoya went 1 for 2 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Zepeda closed it out going 2 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs.

Freshman Talia Martin (Mountain View) finished 2 for 2 with three runs and fellow freshman Aubrey Marx (Cienega) went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.

Thompson picked up the win as she pitched all five innings, giving up one run (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk on 85 pitches.

Game 2: Pima 21, GateWay 6 (5 innings): The Aztecs rallied by scoring 21 straight runs to take control and earn their second run-rule win of the day.

Down 4-0, the Aztecs scored eight runs in the bottom-half of the first inning.

Montoya hit an RBI single to score freshman Cheyanne Ortiz (Tucson) as Pima took a 5-4 lead. Freshman Marina Price (Rincon/University) followed with a two-run homer to score Montoya and make it 7-4.

The offense exploded for 10 runs in the second inning. Montoya and freshman Natalya Rivera (Sunnyside) each hit back-to-back two-run RBI doubles to make it 14-4. Later in the inning, freshman Mari Asher (Canyon del Oro) hit a three-run home run scoring Zepeda and Chacon to make it 18-4.

The Aztecs scored three runs in the fourth inning to help secure the win. Chacon hit a two-run RBI double bringing around sophomore Gabriella Salazar (Marana) and freshman Alyssa Lopez (Sunnyside).

Asher finished the game 3 for 4 with six RBIs and three runs while Chacon was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs. Montoya went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs. Ortiz, Price and Rivera each had two RBIs and two runs. Salazar and Lopez were each 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs. Zepeda closed it out at 1 for 3 with three runs.

Freshman Jesse Gonzales (Willcox) got the win as she pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits with one strikeout.

The Aztecs will play their third straight ACCAC doubleheader at the West Campus Aztec Field on Tuesday against Mesa. First game starts at noon.

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