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Lynch erupts in 2nd game as Aztecs split with South Mountain

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Lynch erupts in 2nd game as Aztecs split with South Mountain

The Pima Community College baseball team (9-7, 3-1 in conference) had a seven-game winning streak snapped, but responded in the second game to earn a split against South Mountain Community College on Tuesday at the West Campus.

The Aztecs took the lead in the second inning but South Mountain scored the game-winner in the fifth as the Aztecs lost 3-2 in the first game.

Juan Gamez (Cienega HS) had an RBI double to tie the game at 1-1 and Jaquese Moore (Marcos de Niza HS) hit a fielder’s choice RBI to score Gamez that put Pima up 2-1. Steven Still (Ironwood Ridge HS) went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Chris Kucko (Sahuarita HS) took the loss (1-3), pitching four and two-third innings while giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

James Lynch owned the second game as he fell a single short of hitting for the cycle in Pima’s 11-6 win. Lynch's biggest hit came in the seventh inning when he hit a solo home run with one out to give Pima a 7-6 lead that it would not be relinquished.

Lynch hit a two-run RBI triple in the first inning to tie the game at 2-2. He also hit a two-run RBI double as part of Pima’s four-run eighth inning. He finished the game 3 for 4 with five RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. Devon Carrillo (Sahuaro HS) was 3 for 5 with three runs scored while Gamez and Dan Kennon each scored two runs. Cole Plouck (Empire HS) picked up his first win of the year (1-0). He pitched four and one-third innings of relief giving up one run off one hit with six strikeouts and two walks.

The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus on Saturday when they host a conference doubleheader against Mesa Community College. The games will be at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Game 1: South Mountain CC Cogars 3, Pima CC Aztecs 2

Game 2: Pima CC Aztecs 11, South Mountain CC Cougars 6

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