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Pima softball's offense powers past Mesa CC

The Pima Community College softball team (29-11, 20-10 in ACCAC) earned an ACCAC doubleheader road sweep on Saturday at Mesa Community College (18-16, 14-16).

The Aztecs scored 26 runs as multiple players put their stamp on this one. Sophomore Megan Flores (Salpointe Catholic HS) finished the day 5 for 10 with two homers, eight RBIs and four runs scored. Freshman Maria Vanezza Caldera (Tucson HS) went 4 for 8 with five RBIs and two runs while Mya Cabral (Pueblo HS) was also 4 for 8 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman Alese Casper finished 4 for 9 with six runs scored.

Game 1: Pima CC Aztecs 11, Mesa CC Thunderbirds 8 (9 innings): The Aztecs rallied to tie the game in the 7th inning and scored seven runs in the 9th to help put away the Thunderbirds.

Flores tied the game at 4-4 in the 7th with an RBI single to score freshman Ariana Gomez (Sahuaro HS).

Flores hit a three-run home run in the 9th inning to make it 8-4. Sophomore Sierra Gentry hit an RBI single and Caldera smashed a two-run homer. The Thunderbirds scored four runs in the bottom of the 9th.

Flores finished the game 2 for 5 with four RBIs and a run scored. Caldera also went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Cabral hit a three-run homer in the 1st inning and finished 1 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Casper was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

Freshman Paige Adair picked up the win (17-4) after she pitched all nine innings giving up eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts.

PCC    3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7   11 12 2
MCC  0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4    8   10 2

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Game 2: Pima CC Aztecs 15, Mesa CC Thunderbirds 6 (6 innings):The Aztecs scored five runs in each the 3rd and 4th innings.

Flores had another game-tying hit as she drove in sophomore Chandler Arviso (Cibola HS) to make it 2-2. Cabral followed with an RBI double and Caldera cleared the bases with a three-run RBI double to make it 6-2.

Up 6-4 in the 4th, the Aztecs’ offense came through again. Flores and Gentry hit RBI singles and freshman Sarrah Jones capped off the inning with a two-run RBI single to make it 11-4.

Flores hit her second home run of the day with a solo shot in the 5th inning. She finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Casper went 2 for 4 with an RBI and four runs scored.

Caldera was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored while Cabral finished 3 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jones had two RBIs and Arviso scored two runs in the game.

Gentry picked up the win (5-1) as she started the game and threw three and one-third innings giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks.

PCC    1 0 5 5 1 3   15 15 3
MCC   0 2 2 2 0 0   6   9  4

The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus Softball Field on Tuesday when they host Yavapai College. The first game begins at 1 p.m.

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Freshman Maria Vanezza Caldera went 4 for 8 with five RBIs and a paid of runs scored while Megan Flores hit two homers with eight RBIs in Pima's ACCAC doubleheader sweep at Mesa Community College. The Aztecs are 29-11 overall and 20-10 in ACCAC conference play.

Game 1: Pima CC Aztecs 11, Mesa CC Thunderbirds 8 (9 innings)

Game 2: Pima CC Aztecs 15, Mesa CC Thunderbirds 6 (6 innings)