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Pima ends memorable season at NJCAA Division I World Series

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The Pima College softball team lost both games the Aztecs played Tuesday in the NJCAA Division I World Series, bringing an end to one of the program’s finest seasons.

The Aztecs finished the season at 43-14 overall, achieving the most wins in a single season since 2015 (46-14).

They captured their first Region I, Division I championship and made their first appearance at the NJCAA World Series since 2013.

Sophomore Camila Zepeda (Tucson) became the first Pima softball player to be named ACCAC Player of the Year since Jordan Trujillo in 2010.

The Aztecs also produced their second longest winning streak in program history at 26 games.

Coach Rebekah Quiroz completed her sixth season and is 151-119 overall. Her teams have gone 79-38 in the last two seasons. They were 72-81 in her first four seasons.

The Aztecs struggled on offense on Tuesday as they combined for seven hits and two walks on the day.

Jazmyne Waddell (San Manuel) finished the day 3 for 6 at the plate. She also produced a solid outing in the circle in the second game of the day.

Second Round – No. 3 Northwest Florida State 7, (14) Pima 0: The Aztecs had three hits and one walk for the game as the Raiders took the early lead with four runs in the first inning. Waddell and sophomore Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Sahuarita) each finished 1 for 3 at the plate.

Freshman Jessica Thompson (Tanque Verde) didn’t record an out in the first inning as she gave up four runs (four earned) on four hits. Bracamonte came in for relief and pitched six innings, giving up three runs (three earned) on five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

Raiders’ pitcher Cailyn Heyl pitched a complete game giving up three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. She retired the final 11 batters for Pima.

Elimination Game – No. 20 Trinidad State College Trojans 3, No. 14 Pima 0: The Aztecs managed four hits and one walk for the game. The Trojans took the lead with three runs in the sixth inning.

The Aztecs stranded a runner on base in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

Waddell hit a couple of singles as she went 2 for 3. Marx finished the game 1 for 3 while Rivera was 1 for 2. Martin went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Waddell pitched her second complete-game of the tournament as she went seven innings, giving up three runs (three earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts on 89 pitches.

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