Aztecs softball opens 2020 season vs. Yavapai college, second game called due to darkness

Freshman Anisah Triste hit a home run and was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored in Pima's 6-2 loss in the first game. She started the second game and pitched six and one-third innings and was 1 for 3 with a run scored before it was called due to darkness. Photo by Raymond Suarez
Freshman Anisah Triste hit a home run and was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored in Pima's 6-2 loss in the first game. She started the second game and pitched six and one-third innings and was 1 for 3 with a run scored before it was called due to darkness. Photo by Raymond Suarez

The Pima Community College softball team (0-1, 0-1 in ACCAC) opened the 2020 season on Tuesday against No 16 ranked Yavapai College (7-5, 1-0) at the West Campus Aztec Softball field.

  • Game 1: (16) Yavapai College Roughriders 6, Pima CC Aztecs 2: The Aztecs struck first in the 2nd inning but the Roughriders scored six straight runs.
    Freshman Anisah Triste hit a leadoff homerun to left field in the 2nd inning to put the Aztecs up 1-0.
    The Roughriders responded with three runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead.
    Down 6-1 in the 7th, Amaya Turner-Vizcarra (Tucson HS) drew a one-out walk. Freshman Malaealani Fraser (Salpointe Catholic HS) hit a single but Turner-Vizcarra was thrown out at home. Freshman Jazmine Ayala (Sunnyside HS) hit into a fielder's choice to put two runners on. Triste followed with an RBI single to drive in Fraser. Freshman Isabella Escobar struck out to end the game.
    Triste finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored while Fraser was 1 for 4 with a run scored. Freshman Mariah Bartlett went 0 for 1 with two walks.
    Sophomore pitcher Bianca Castillo (Rio Rico HS) took the loss (0-1) after she went three innings giving up three runs (three earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Ayala pitched in relief as she went four innings giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

YAV   0 0 3 1 0 1 1 6 12 4
PCC    0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2  5  1

  • Game 2: (16) Yavapai College Roughriders 5, Pima CC Aztecs 3 (Top 7, Game called due to darkness):
    *The Aztecs and the Roughriders will close out this game when the two teams meet again in Prescott on Saturday, Mar. 21. It will continue with one out in the top of the 7th inning. The Aztecs will have an at-bat in the bottom of the 7th.
    The Roughriders took a 2-0 lead after the top half of the 2nd inning but the Aztecs responded when freshman Lesly Cazares (Desert View HS) hit a solo homerun with one out. The Roughriders tacked on a run in the 4th inning to make it 3-1.
    With two outs in the 6th inning, Cazares came through again with an RBI double to score Triste. Freshman Mariah Bartlett tied the game at 3-3 with her RBI single to plate pinch runner freshman Briana Rodriguez (Nogales HS).
    The Roughriders retook the lead with one out in the 7th on a two-run home run.
    Cazares is 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored while Bartlett is 1 for 3 with an RBI and Triste is 1 for 3 with a run.

The Aztecs will hit the road for the first time this season when they play an ACCAC doubleheader at Mesa Community College on Saturday. First pitch is at noon.