YUMA, Ariz. –A return to form in multiple ways advanced the Lady Matadors to the winner’s bracket Friday afternoon by knocking off the Pima Aztecs 6-3 in their first game of the Region I, Division I playoffs Friday afternoon at Charlie Dine Field.
The Aztecs struck first after Devyn Marshall reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs. She moved to third on Vanezza Caldera’s single and scored on a single from Alizea Corday.
The Lady Matadors answered right back as Sabrina Garcia doubled to start the inning and scored on Aylin Campa’s single. Campa came home on a pair of sacrifices from Danielle Burgos and Cassandra Valle.
After the Matadors extended the lead to 3-1, Pima got a run despite an excellent defensive effort from the Matadors. Ariana Gomez singled to start the inning. Alese Casper hammered a ball to centerfield that the wind pushed away from Garcia, landing just outside her reach. But as Gomez tried to score from first, Garcia’s relay found Cassandra Valle, who threw home to Andrea Cline to cut down Gomez. Pima would score as Marshall’s sacrifice fly brought home Casper but limited the Aztec’s inning.
The Matadors responded with two more runs in the fifth as Garcia doubled to start the inning and scored when Campa’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away. Danielle Burgos doubled home Campa to complete the inning.
The Mats added their final run in the seventh when Allie Tito delivered a lead-off single and came around to score on a Burgos RBI single.
Koryne Coddington returned to the circle and settled in as the game progressed. Coddington stranded eight Aztecs on the bases while navigating around ten Pima base hits in order to pick up the win.
The Matadors move on to match-up with the third seeded Central Arizona Vaqueras in the winner’s bracket.
All of the games taking place in Yuma will be broadcast on AWC TV and streamed online.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.