Pima College Notebook

Looking back at highs, lows of Pima College baseball, softball

2014-05-13T00:00:00Z Looking back at highs, lows of Pima College baseball, softballBy Zack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Pima softball’s season came to a close Saturday in the conference playoffs, with the Aztecs falling to Arizona Western in the first game of the championship series.

The end came earlier than in recent years — in 2013, the Aztecs were a game away from playing for the national title.

Still, considering all the ups and downs of this year’s squad, it certainly was not a failure.

One week earlier, South Mountain ousted the Pima baseball team in a first-round series 2-1. After struggling last year and missing the playoffs, the Aztecs bounced back in a big way, but still weren’t able to advance.

Here’s an overall look back at the baseball and softball seasons, from start to finish.

Preseason expectations

  • Key losses from 2013:
  • Outfielder
  • Alex Beyersdorf
  • (Florida International), pitcher
  • Hyrum Formo
  • (Tampa Bay Rays)
  • Outlook:
  • The Aztecs were coming off a losing season, with a 25-29-1 record last year. Coach
  • Jason Hisey
  • wasn’t sure about his preseason expectations.
  • “I don’t know,” he said in February. “It’s a very tough league. Usually it all comes down to the last couple of weeks, and hopefully we can put ourselves in position to have something to play for at the end of April.”
  • Key losses from 2013:
  • Pitcher
  • Yvette Alvarez
  • (Indiana State); outfielder
  • Cynthia Pelayo
  • .
  • Outlook:
  • The Aztecs and coach
  • Armando Quiroz
  • lost a bona fide star when Alvarez ran out of her Pima eligibility and moved on to Indiana State. In 2013, she was a setllar pitcher (14-3 record, 2.02 ERA, 214 strikeouts in 298 innings pitched) and hitter (.405 average, 19 home runs, 92 RBIs, 48 runs scored). Plus, Pima lost six of its top seven batters. Still, Quiroz had high expectations, as he always does.

“Expectations are a little bit different; it’s a different level,” Quiroz said. “But, as always, we expect to get to nationals ... (and) win the national championship.”

The season

  • Record:
  • 34-25, 22-16 ACCAC
  • Best hitter:
  • First baseman
  • Kellen Marruffo
  • (Sabino), team-best .341 average, 4 home runs, 42 RBIs, 38 runs scored.
  • Best pitcher:
  • Cole Plouck
  • (Empire) — 4-4 record, 2 saves, 1.43 ERA, 76 strikeouts in 81.2 innings pitched, 4 complete games
  • Best newcomer:
  • Pitcher
  • Marcel Renteria
  • (Nogales), 7-2 record, 2.00 ERA, 75 strikeouts in 72 innings, 1 complete game
  • Longest win streak:
  • 7 games (Feb. 8-15)
  • Longest losing streak:
  • 4 games (Feb. 1-7)
  • Team rankings (out of 14 teams):
  • Batting average, .287 (7th); home runs, 10 (tied, 7th); runs, 294 or 4.9 per game (10th); ERA, 2.89 (3rd); 391 strikeouts or 8.01 per game (3rd).
  • Awards:
  • Marruffo, All-ACCAC first team, All-Division I Region I first team; Plouck, All-ACCAC second team, All-Division I Region I second team; pitcher
  • Ethan Rosebeck
  • (Cienega), All-Division I Region I second team, three-time Division I pitcher of the week
  • Record:
  • 27-30, 22-22 ACCAC
  • Best hitter:
  • Outfielder
  • Alexis Dotson
  • , .503 average, 1 home run, 34 RBIs, 34 stolen bases, 65 runs scored
  • Best pitcher:
  • Celina Martinez
  • (Cienega) — 7-10 record, 2 saves, 4.37 ERA, 32 strikeouts, 101 IP
  • Best newcomer:
  • Dotson
  • Longest win streak:
  • 6 games (March 14-22)
  • Longest losing streak:
  • 11 games (Feb. 22-March 14)
  • Team rankings (out of 12 teams):
  • Batting average, .367 (5th); home runs, 21 (tied, 6th); runs, 354 or 6.2 per game (7th), ERA, 5.70 (9th); strikeouts, 98 or 2.09 per game (9th)
  • Awards:
  • Dotson, All-ACCAC first team, All-Division I Region I; infielder
  • Jackie Hernandez
  • , All-ACCAC third team; utility
  • Danielle Stensby
  • (Buena), All-ACCAC first team, All-Division I Region I

Other sports

  • The women’s golf team ended Monday’s first-round play in 12th place at the 16-team NJCAA national tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida, led by
  • Josie Trapnell
  • ’s 85, tied for 37th.
  • At the men’s tennis NJCAA tourney in Plano, Texas, Pima’s
  • Aldo Amaya
  • ,
  • Richie Foitik
  • (Santa Rita),
  • Brian Soto
  • ,
  • Josh Henkel
  • (Canyon del Oro) and
  • Gabe Ortiz
  • (Cholla) all lost singles matches to fall to the consolation bracket.
  • The w
  • omen’s tennis team tied for 17th at the NJCAA tourney.
  • Amy Beeston
  • and
  • Cayla Cordova
  • earned second-team All-Conference honors for doubles, and Beeston was selected second-team All-Conference in singles.
  • At Thursday’s track and field Region I championships in Mesa, the women’s team came in second for the second straight year. The men were third. Four Aztecs won titles:
  • Anfernee Alexander
  • (discus),
  • Alfonso Mejia
  • (Douglas, 400 hurdles),
  • Nikki Regalado
  • (Cienega, 1,500) and
  • Raelene Yocupicio
  • (Rio Rico, 800). Also,
  • Brianna Rodriguez
  • (Cienega) won the long jump title Tuesday.

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