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Sikes homers & earns save as Pima baseball splits at El Paso

The Pima Community College baseball team (5-1) rallied from a four-run deficit to earn a split on Friday in its first two games at El Paso Community College (2-4). 

Game 1: El Paso CC Tejanos 6, Pima CC Aztecs 4: The Aztecs took a 3-0 lead but the Tejanos scored six unanswered runs to take the lead for good.

The rally fell short for the Aztecs as they trailed 6-3 in the 7th inning. They loaded the bases with one out as freshman Cole Cummings scored on a balk. Freshman JJ Rollon (Skyline HS) struck out and sophomore Enrique Porchas (Kofa HS) flied out to end the game.

Sophomore Phillip Sikes hit an RBI single in the 1st inning. The Aztecs loaded the bases with no outs in the 3rd inning and got two runs in the inning. Sophomore Rafael Padilla (Nogales HS) hit a groundout RBI and Cummings scored on a wild pitch to put Pima up 3-0.

Sikes went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Cummings finished 1 for 3 with three runs scored and a walk. Padilla was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Sophomore Conner Nantkes took the loss (1-1) as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

PCC      1 0 2 0 0 0 1   4 7 2
EPCC   0 0 0 3 2 1 x   6 9 1

Game 2: Pima CC Aztecs 6, El Paso CC Tejanos 4: The Aztecs fell behind 4-0 heading into the top of the 4th inning but five runs in the 6th helped them earn the doubleheader split.

Sikes put the Aztecs on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the 4th inning.

The Aztecs loaded the bases with one out in the 6th when freshman Stockton Pringle (Sahuaro HS) hit a two-run RBI double to cut it to 4-3. Sophomore Richard Ware followed with a two-run RBI double of his own to score Porchas and Pringle; which gave the Aztecs the lead. Sophomore Matthew Hackman (Empire HS) hit an RBI double two batters later as Ware scored an insurance run.

Sophomore Hayden Udall (Campo Verde HS) picked up the win (2-0) as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Sikes picked up his first save as he set the Tejanos down in order to close out the game.

PCC       0 0 0 1 0 5 0   6 6 3
EPCC    2 0 2 0 0 0 0   4 5 2

The Aztecs will play another two games on Saturday against the Tejanos. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. 

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Sophomore Phillip Sikes went 3 for 7 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a solo homerun on offense. He earned the save in the second game as the Aztecs baseball split with El Paso Community College on Friday. The Aztecs are now 5-1 on the season.

Game 1: El Paso CC Tejanos 6, Pima CC Aztecs 4

Game 2: Pima CC Aztecs 6, El Paso CC Tejanos 4