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Pima ends memorable season at NJCAA Division I World Series

Pima ends memorable season at NJCAA Division I World Series

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The Pima College softball team lost both games the Aztecs played in the NJCAA Division I World Series on Tuesday, capping one of the program’s best seasons.

The Aztecs finished the season at 43-14 overall and recorded their most wins in a single season since 2015 (46-14).

They captured their first Region I, Division I championship and made their first NJCAA World Series appearance since 2013.

Sophomore Camila Zepeda (Tucson) became the first Pima softball player to be named ACCAC Player of the Year since then Jordan Trujillo in 2010.

The Aztecs also produced their second-longest winning streak in program history at 26 games.

Coach Rebekah Quiroz completed her sixth season and is 151-119 overall. Her teams have gone 79-38 over the past two seasons. They were 72-81 in her first four seasons.

The Aztecs had a hard time on offense on Tuesday, as they combined for seven hits and two walks that day.

Jazmyne Waddell (San Manuel) finished the day 3 for 6 at the plate. She also produced a solid performance in the circle in the second game of the day.

Second Round – No. 3 Northwest Florida State 7, (14) Pima 0: The Aztecs had three hits and one walk for the game as the Raiders took the early lead with four runs in the first inning. Waddell and sophomores Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Sahuarita) each finished 1 for 3 on the board.

Freshman Jessica Thompson (Tanque Verde) did not bat an out in the first inning, as she gave up four runs (four earned) on four hits. Bracamonte came on in relief and pitched six innings, giving up three runs (three earned) on five hits with one strikeout and two walks.

Raiders pitcher Cailyn Heyl threw a complete game and gave up three hits with three strikeouts and one walk. She retired the last 11 batters for Pima.

Elimination Game – No. 20 Trinidad State College Trojans 3, No. 14 Pima 0: The Aztecs had four hits and one walk for the game. The Trojans took the lead with three runs in the sixth inning.

The Aztecs left a runner on base in the second, third, fourth and fifth inning.

Waddell had a pair of singles and went 2 for 3. Marx finished the game 1 for 3 while Rivera was 1 for 2. Martin went 0 for 2 with a walk.

Waddell threw her second complete game of the tournament when she went seven innings, giving up three runs (three earned) on nine hits and four strikeouts on 89 pitches.


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