Triste homers and has 22 strikeouts as Aztecs softball splits with No. 5 Arizona Western College

Freshman Anisah Triste hit the eventual game-winning home run in the first game and struck out 22 batters as the Aztecs softball team handed No. 5 Arizona Western College their first loss in ACCAC play. The Aztecs split with the Matadors and are now 2-5 overall and in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Ben Carbajal
Freshman Anisah Triste hit the eventual game-winning home run in the first game and struck out 22 batters as the Aztecs softball team handed No. 5 Arizona Western College their first loss in ACCAC play. The Aztecs split with the Matadors and are now 2-5 overall and in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Ben Carbajal

The Pima Community College softball team (2-5, 2-5 in ACCAC) handed No. 5 ranked Arizona Western College (16-3, 9-1) its first ACCAC conference loss of the season on Tuesday.
Freshman Anisah Triste was doing work at the plate and on the mound. She went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. She also struck out 22 Matador batters on the day.

  • Pima CC Aztecs 1, (5) Arizona Western College Matadors 0: Triste hit a leadoff homerun to right field in the 6th inning to give the Aztecs the lead for good. She finished 1 for 2 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.
    Sophomore Giselle Munoz (Salpointe Catholic HS) went 1 for 2 while freshman Malaealani Fraser (Salpointe Catholic HS) was 1 for 3. Freshman Lesly Cazares (Desert View HS) was 0 for 1 with two walks.
    Triste (2-1) picked up the win after pitching a complete-game giving up five hits with 13 strikeouts in 106 pitches.

AWC   0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 0
PCC     0 0 0 0 0 1 x   1 3 2

  • (5) Arizona Western College Matadors 9, Pima CC Aztecs 8: Freshman Isabella Escobar hit a two-out triple but was stranded as freshman Danielle Batazar-Ochoa (Pueblo HS) struck out to end the game.
    The Aztecs took a 3-1 lead after the 1st inning. Triste hit an RBI double to score sophomore Amaya Turner-Vizcarra (Tucson HS). Cazares followed with a two-run RBI double to plate Fraser and Triste.
    The Aztecs made it 4-2 in the 3rd inning when Munoz hit a one-out RBI single to score Cazares, who doubled to lead off the inning.
    The Aztecs rallied with four runs in the 5th inning after the Matadors took a 5-4 advantage. Cazares came through with an RBI double scoring Triste to tie the game. She later scored on a passed ball to put Pima up 6-5. Freshman Mariah Bartlett hit an RBI single to score freshman Jazmin Ayala (Sunnyside HS) and Baltazar-Ochoa hit a sacrifice-fly RBI to plate Munoz. The Aztecs led 8-5 but Arizona Western rallied off two runs in each the 6th and 7th innings.
    Cazares finished the game 3 for 3 with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Triste went 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs. Turner-Vizcarra was 2 for 4 with a run and Munoz finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
    Triste took the loss (2-2) after she pitched a complete-game giving up nine runs (six earned) on nine hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.

AWC   1 0 1 2 1 2 2   9  9  0
PCC     3 0 1 0 4 0 0   8 10 4

The Aztecs will return to the West Campus Aztec Softball Field on Thursday when they host Paradise Valley Community College. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.