Herd and Kragel hit walk-offs as Aztecs Baseball sweeps South Mountain CC

Caleb Herd/Photo by Gilbert Alcarez

(Tucson, AZ)  The Pima Community College baseball team (17-5, 5-3 in ACCAC) picked up a doubleheader sweep on Saturday against South Mountain Community College at the West Campus Aztec Baseball Field.
The No. 16 ranked Aztecs secured the wins on walk-offs, which included a run rule victory. Sophomore Brant Kragel finished the day 4 for 8 with six RBIs, three runs scored and a home run. Sophomore Dom Felix (Canyon del Oro HS) was 6 for 7 with three RBIs and four runs scored. Sophomore Garrett Hicks (Verrado HS) and Maclain Roberts got the wins on the mound.

Game 1: (16) Pima Aztecs 8, South Mountain Cougars 7

W – Hicks (2-0). 2B: Avila, Shackelford. HR: Kragel, Felix

The Aztecs took a 7-0 lead after the first three innings of play and thwarted the Cougars’ attempt to complete the comeback as sophomore Caleb Herd (Cienega HS) hit a walk-off RBI single to score pinch runner Leon Cereceres with two outs in the 7th inning.

The Aztecs scored three runs in the 1st inning as sophomore David Shackelford put the Aztecs on the board with an RBI single and Kragel followed with a two-run home run.
Felix made it 4-0 with a lead-off home run in the 2nd inning and continued his stellar hitting in the 3rd inning with a two-run RBI single to bring in Shackelford and Kragel to make it 7-0.
The Cougars tied it with three runs in the 5th inning and four runs in the 6th.

Shackelford hit an RBI double in the 3rd inning and finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs. Felix went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run. Kragel was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs while Herd went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
Hicks picked up the win after pitching the final two innings in relief, giving up one run (one earned) on two hits with two strikeouts.

Game 2: (16) Pima Aztecs 15,  South Mountain Cougars 5 (7 innings)

W – Roberts (3-0). 2B: Felix 4. 3B: Arias. HR: Reeves. SB: Avila, Arias.

After giving up five runs in the top of the 7th inning, the Aztecs countered with five runs of their own as Kragel hit a walk-off two-run RBI single to score sophomores Nick Arias (Tucson Magnet HS) and Austin Madsen (Canyon del Oro HS). Arias hit an RBI single to plate Felix and Madsen hit a two-run RBI single to bring in freshman Ray Jesse and sophomore Antonio Avila in the previous at-bats.

Dom Felix – Photo/Gilbert Alcarez

Sophomore Eljiah Reeves (Marana HS) hit a three-run homer in the 2nd inning to make it 4-0 while Arias hit an RBI triple as part of Pima five-run inning to make it 6-0.
Kragel hit RBI singles in the 1st and 4th innings as he finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs and a run scored. Felix was a flawless 4 for 4 with three runs scored and four doubles. Arias closed out the game going 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Reeves was 2 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Avila went 2 for 3 with three runs and two walks while Jesse finished 1 for 3 with two runs and a walk.
Roberts snagged the win after he pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

The Aztecs hit the road on Tuesday when they play an ACCAC conference doubleheader at Paradise Valley Community College. First game starts at 12:00 p.m.

Press Release courtesy of Pima Aztec Athletics – Raymond Suarez


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