Pima softball battles to finish 3rd in the nation: Yvette Alvarez & Alejandra Ortiz to All-Tournament teamby Andy Morales on May. 19, 2013, under Sports
The Pima Community College softball team (50-19) played in a classic on Saturday against Salt Lake Community College but fell 8-5 in 12 innings as the rally came up short in the end. The Aztecs claimed the third place trophy for the NJCAA National Tournament.
The Aztecs rallied from behind on three occasions but couldn’t overtake the lead. Down 1-0 in the sixth inning, Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) hit a sacrifice-fly to score Gemma Contreras (Salpointe Catholic). Tied at 1-1 in the tenth inning, Salt Lake scored a pair of runs but the Aztecs responded in the bottom of the inning.
Victoria Mariscal (Douglas) hit a leadoff double and Danielle Stensby (Buena) reach base on an error. Contreras laid down the sacrifice bunt to move the runners over and Cynthia Pelayo (Vision) hit a sacrifice fly RBI to score Mariscal. The Salt Lake catcher misplayed the ball and pinch runner Corrie Ward (Pusch Ridge) slid in to tie the game at 3-3.
Salt Lake scored one run in the top of the eleventh but again the Aztecs wouldn’t go quietly. Alejandra Ortiz (Tucson High) hit a leadoff single and three batters later Aubre Carpenter (Sabino) hit a sacrifice fly to score her to tie it at 4-4.
Salt Lake got the first two leadoff batters on base and loaded the bases with one out in the twelfth. Leadoff hitter Malia Campos hit an inside-the-park home run to make it 8-4.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, Contreras hit a double and Pelayo followed with an RBI single to score her to make it 8-5 but a groundout and a flyout would end Pima’s rally and season.
Contreras finished 4 for 5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Pelayo went 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Alvarez and Ortiz were named to the All-Tournament team. Alvarez threw 35 of the 38 innings with a 4-2 record, one shutout and 26 strikeouts. On offense she went 7 for 17 and tied the NJCAA National Tournament record in home runs (4) and RBIs (9). She also scored five runs.
Ortiz went 9 for 22 with two homers, seven RBIs and five runs. Mariscal put together a great tournament on offense as well going 7 for 19 with one home run, seven RBIs, six runs scored and three doubles.
“The girls gave blood, heart and soul,” Pima coach Armando Quiroz said via news release. “Yvette Alvarez put us on her shoulders and carried us to the World Series. This group of sophomores and freshmen have once again put Pima College on the National Softball map. I am proud to have shared a dugout with them.”
From news release.