Pima Community College sports

Pima softball earns No. 2 seed in regional tournament after sweeping Yavapai

After Tuesday’s sweep of a doubleheader against Yavapai, Pima’s seven sophomores were recognized — (left to right): Alexis Tsosie-Hood, Jasmine Majonica, Mina Chacon, Camila Zepeda, Gabriella Salazar, Kayla Miranda and Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Photo by Ray Suarez)

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

The Pima Community College softball team got back on track on Tuesday, snapping a four-game skid with a doubleheader sweep of Yavapai at the West Campus Aztec Field.

Pima (37-12, 24-6 in ACCAC) earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region I, Division I tournament with the 13-4 and 4-3 wins over Yavapai (12-23, 12-16). The tournament will be May 9-11 at Eastern Arizona in Thatcher.

The Aztecs, who won 26 consecutive games before their recent four-game skid, will close out the regular season on Saturday when they play at Arizona Western. First game starts at 12:00 p.m.

Freshman Talia Martin (Mountain View) finished the day going 4 for 6 with two RBIs, three runs and two home runs. Sophomore Camila Zepeda (Tucson) is now on a 25-game hitting streak as she went 4 for 6 with two RBIs and two runs. Sophomore Mallory Zylinksi-Wrobel (Sahuarita) closed out her day going 4 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs. Freshmen Jessica Thompson (Tanque Verde) and Nevaeh Bracamonte picked up the wins in the circle.

Game 1: Pima 13, Yavapai 4 (5 innings)

The Aztecs scored 12 unanswered runs and earned the run-rule victory.

Martin started it off hitting her first home run of the day on a 2-1 pitch sending it over the right field fence, tying the game at 1. The Aztecs got RBI hits as part of the seven-run inning by Zylinski-Wrobel, Thompson, sophomore Kayla Miranda (Tucson) and freshman Aubrey Marx (Cienega).

Sophomore Gabriella Salazar (Marana) had a two-run single in the inning to make it 6-1. She later scored the final run of the inning.

Zepeda hit her 16th home run of the season as she sent a two-run shot over the center field fence to make it 13-1 in the third inning.

Martin and Zylinski-Wrobel each finished the game 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs. Marx hit a two-run RBI double in the third inning and went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs while Zepeda was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run. Salazar closed out the game going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.

Thompson was 1 for 3 with three RBIs and a run as she also picked up the win in the circle throwing all five innings. She gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks on 84 pitches.

Game 2: Pima 4, Yavapai 3: 

Martin hit her second home run of the day as she ended it with a walk-off in the seventh inning to complete the sweep.

The bats went cold for five innings as Pima trailed 2-0. Zepeda started off the sixth inning with a double.

She scored when Zylinski-Wrobel hit an RBI single to put Pima on the scoreboard. Sophomore Mina Chacon (Tucson) followed with a two-run home run on the first pitch she saw, driving it deep to center field. The Aztecs took a 3-2 lead heading into the seventh.

The Roughriders tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the top of the seventh.

Martin finished the game 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run while Zepeda was a flawless 3 for 3 with a run.

Chacon went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a run. Zylinski-Wrobel finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run.
Bracamonte came in for relief as she pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run (none earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk on 61 pitches.

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