Softball | 03/16/2021

#12 Matadors Overpower Chandler-Gilbert

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College 0
Arizona Western College 8

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YUMA, Ariz---While not quite formulaic, a dominant starting pitching performance and powerful offensive display led the 12th ranked Arizona Western Lady Matadors (16-5 overall, 6-0 ACCAC) swept the Chandler-Gilbert Coyotes Tuesday at Charlie Dine Field.

Anahi Grijalva struck out two batters per inning, eight total K's, as the Matador offense burst forward for a seven-run second inning en route to an 8-0 game one victory.

Three Matadors blasted their first homers of the year as the Matadors fought from an early deficit to grab a 14-6 run-rule victory in game two.

Grijalva set the tone for the day by striking out the side in an unconventional way, punching out the first two hitters before loading the bases with a walk, single and hit batter, prior to securing the final strike out.

Iliana Manzano tripled in the bottom of the inning before scoring on a Chandler-Gilbert error to give AWC an early lead.

The Matadors poured on from there in the second. Sherlyn Molina reached on a dropped third strike, with one-out, before singles from Lynette Niebla, Christina Robles, and Manzano. Then, Josie Hernandez belted a two-run double, Nicole Moran cranked a two-run triple, and Angela Oros blasted her seventh homer of the year.

That was enough for Grijalva who scattered five base runners over the four innings. It was an immaculate final inning for Grijalva who threw nine pitches, all strikes, and tallied three strikeouts before exiting.

Kelly Katalbas tossed a scoreless fifth to secure the 8-0, run-rule victory.

In game two, the Matadors fell behind on a pair of errors behind McKenzie Gray. Chandler-Gilbert staked themselves to a 3-0 lead.

The Matadors immediately got two back in the bottom of the inning as Moran tagged a ball to short that was difficult to handle, scoring Manzano and Hernandez. But AWC would lead two on in the inning, failing to take the lead.

After Chandler added one more run in the top of the second, Arizona Western watched Molina rip a homer over the left field fence to neutralize the run. The Mats again left the tying run on third as Robles singled and stole a couple of bases, but could not score.

AWC broke through in the third after Gray cut through the Coyotes in order in the top half. Oros singled with one out as did Chloe Garcia and Nylze Salazar. Sadie Chavez lifted a ball over the right field fence, just under the scoreboard, for a grand slam, her first homer of the year, and the lead.

Arizona Western's offense didn't let up as Oros would add a two-run double in the fourth and Hernandez led off a four-run sixth for the Matadors with her first collegiate homer.

Katalbas helped stifle the Coyotes over the final two and a third innings, earning the save. Gray picked up the win.

Arizona Western sealed the run-rule victory as Robles walked with the bases loaded to force in a run.

AWC hits the road this Saturday to take on South Mountain in Phoenix for a double-header beginning at noon.

The Matadors won't return home until March 30th when they host Phoenix College.

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