Pima Community College sports

Pima in ACCAC Division I, Region I championship after winning twice to open bracket play

Pima’s softball team won both of its games Friday in the ACCAC Region I, Division I tournament, allowing the Aztecs to move on to the championship round Saturday at Eastern Arizona in Thatcher.

The Aztecs (41-12) defeated Arizona Western 6-4 in the first round and they topped Central Arizona 6-5 in the semifinal game on Friday.

They will play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against the winner of the elimination-bracket final between Eastern Arizona and Central Arizona. Those teams will play at 11 a.m.

If Pima wins that game, it wins the region title and advances to the NJCAA Division I tournament.

If the Aztecs lose the game at 12:30, a deciding “If necessary” game will be played at 3.

Pima exacted some revenge Friday on Central Arizona, the team that stopped its 26-game winning streak two weeks ago.

The two losses at Central Arizona at that time were followed by two more at Eastern Arizona. Since that four-game losing streak, Pima has rebounded to win six consecutive games.

Rincon/University alum Marina Price hit a walk-off RBI single on a 2-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give Pima the victory on Friday.

The Aztecs opened the bottom of the seventh with singles by Mallory Wrobel (Sahuarita) and Mina Chacon (Tucson) with one out before Alyssa Noriega (Pueblo) hit a double. Price followed with her game-winning hit.

Pima overcame deficits of 3-0 and 5-3 to pull out the victory.

The Aztecs scored a run in the sixth with two outs to tie the game at 5 after Mountain View alum Talia Martin hit a triple and Cienega grad Aubrey Marx followed with a single to bring her home.

Jazmyne Waddell went the distance weathering through 14 hits allowed. She had four strikeouts and did not issue a walk.

Martin, the leadoff batter, went 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI and Marx, Waddell, Wrobel and Noriega each had two hits. Marx and Waddell each had an RBI.

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