COOLIDGE, Ariz. –A handful of errors and a walk-off home-run put the Lady Matador Softball down a game before the offense erupted to grab a split with the Central Arizona Vaqueras Saturday afternoon.
With the win in game two, the Matadors earn the series victory over Central Arizona three games to one as they continue their push toward the postseason.
In the first game of the day, the teams traded runs in the first before Arizona Western grabbed the lead in the fourth on an error.
Cassandra Valle’s two-run homer extended the Matador lead to three, at 4-1.
But Central grabbed an unearned run in the bottom of the inning and strung together three hits in the bottom of the seventh including a walk-off three-run homer by Evelyn Roman to take the first game 5-4.
Valle’s two-run double started game two to give the Matadors the early lead again.
Central grabbed a run back in the bottom of the first on a passed ball.
But the Matadors recovered the run in the second when Sabrina Garcia singled in Azalea Moore.
Matador starter Sarah Velasquez settled in and held the Vaqueras scoreless over the next four innings.
That allowed the Matador offense to pile on with three runs in the fourth. Moore started the inning with a single, and Garcia doubled, before Danielle Burgos tripled them both home. Burgos scored on Cline’s RBI groundout.
The Matadors added two more in the sixth when Garcia doubled and scored on Burgos’ single. Chloe Garcia then drove home Burgos with a single.
Central would get those two runs back to make it 8-3 but the Matadors added three more runs in the seventh when Moore walked and Karina Guerra singled.
Sabrina Garcia drove in Moore, eventually scoring herself on a passed ball. Valle drove in the game’s final run.
Velasquez tossed the complete game to improve to 14-1 on the year, allowing just three unearned runs.
Arizona Western is now 42-6 on the season and 33-5 in the ACCAC.
The Lady Matadors return home next week for a couple of important conference games beginning with a double-header on Tuesday against Scottsdale. The Matadors will host Phoenix college next Saturday. Both double-headers begin at Noon.
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.