Aztecs Softball Season comes to a close at NJCAA Region I, Division I Tournament

The No. 4 seeded Aztecs softball season came to an end on Friday as it dropped its first two games at the NJCAA Region I, Division I Tournament. They fell to No. 1 seeded Yavapai College 8-0 and then to No. 3 Eastern Arizona College 8-0 in the elimination game. They closed out the season at 21-25 overall. Photo by Raymond Suarez
The No. 4 seeded Aztecs softball season came to an end on Friday as it dropped its first two games at the NJCAA Region I, Division I Tournament. They fell to No. 1 seeded Yavapai College 8-0 and then to No. 3 Eastern Arizona College 8-0 in the elimination game. They closed out the season at 21-25 overall. Photo by Raymond Suarez

The Pima Community College softball team closed out the 2022 season on Friday at the NJCAA Region I, Division I Tournament in Prescott.
The bats went stagnant as they managed four hits on the day.

  • Game 1: (1) Yavapai College Roughriders 8, (4) Pima CC Aztecs 0 (5 innings): The Aztecs had one hit in the game and it came from freshman Kalynn Worthy's (Verrado HS) single in the 2nd inning.
    She finished the game 1 for 1 with a walk. Freshmen Elise Muñoz (Salpointe Catholic HS) and Shannon Vivoda each drew a walk in the game.
    Freshman Lia Dominguez (Cienega HS) took the loss as she started the game and pitched one and two-third innings, giving up five runs (five earned) on three hits with four walks.

PCC   0 0 0 0 0   0  1  1
YC     0 5 3 0 x   8  7  0

L – Dominguez (3-5).

  • (Elimination Game) (3) Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters 8, (4) Pima CC Aztecs 0 (5 innings): The Aztecs finished with three hits in the game and couldn't find the gaps to put together a rally.
    Vivoda hit a lead-off double in the 4th inning but the Aztecs recorded three straight outs to end the threat. The Gila Monsters took control in the bottom-half of the inning with five runs.
    Sophomores Kelli Samorano (Tucson Magnet HS), Faith Orton (Amphitheater HS) and Vivoda each went 1 for 2 in the game. Muñoz drew a walk and had a stolen base.
    Orton took the loss as she pitched three and two-third innings, giving up seven runs (seven earned) on 10 hits with one strikeout.

PCC   0 0 0 0 0   0   3  0
EAC  1 0 1 5 1   8  11  0

L – Orton (17-10). 2B – Vivoda. SB – Muñoz.

  • The Aztecs finished the season with a 21-25 overall record. Samorano and Orton were named third team All-ACCAC. Freshman Stephanie Tapia (Cibola HS) led the team with 17 homers, 45 RBIs, 43 runs, 50 hits and 22 walks.

Coach's Quote: "I am very proud of the way this team competed this season; we scratched and clawed and did what needed to be done," Pima softball coach Rebekah Quiroz said. "Although we didn't put up the fight we wanted to in the playoffs, I am excited for our future and what we have coming in. We are a young team and they will be hungry."