Softball | 03/20/2021
Offense Delivers in Sweep of South Mountain
|South Mountain Community College||5|
|Arizona Western College||6|
YUMA, Ariz---Sherlyn Molina's walk-off double saved the #12 Arizona Western Matadors (20-5 overall, 8-0 ACCAC) from their first conference loss and a twelve-run first inning propelled them to a sweep of the South Mountain Cougars (6-6 overall, 6-4 ACCAC) Saturday at Charlie Dine Field.
Anahi Grijalva improved her perfect record to 9-0, but it wasn't without plenty of heroics from her offense late.
The Matadors watched an early lead slip away over the final two innings of game one, as a seventh inning pinch-hit homer from Marissa Grijalva gave South Mountain a 4-3 lead.
But the Matadors forced extra innings when Robles singled and scored on Josie Hernandez' RBI double.
South pushed across another go ahead run on Jackie Traughber's single, plating Alexa Key, who was aboard on the international tie-break rule.
But the Matadors answered as Chloe Garcia walked to start the bottom of the eighth, giving the Matadors a second runner on. Nyzle Salazar's sacrifice bunt setup Molina's double to center for the thrilling win.
The Matadors wasted no time in game two, as they were the visitors, generating offense.
Robles singled to start the inning and Iliana Manzano ripped her third homer of the year over the left field fence for a 2-0 lead. The Matadors were far from through, as with one-out Nicole Moran and Angela Oros singled. After Garcia and Molina walked to force in a run, South Mountain went back to Traughber who was tough to hit throughout game one.
But the Matadors immediately got a single from Sadie Chavez to make it 4-0. Then with two-out, Robles laced a grand-slam over the right field fence. Manzano and Hernandez added singles and Moran doubled in a run before Oros hit the third homer of the inning, her eighth of the year. That capped a twelve run inning for AWC.
South Mountain chipped away at McKenzie Gray later in the game and pulled the ballgame to 12-4 before the fifth. With two on and two out, Hernandez added the fourth homer of the game, her second this week, to rest the lead to 11.
Gray worked a scoreless fifth to close the win.
Arizona Western picks up their 20th win of the season and 9th straight. The Matadors will hit the road Tuesday to play Glendale for a double-header beginning at 1:00pm