YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College softball team of this season is drawing some comparison to last year’s Region 1 championship squad. They’re within striking distance of the top spot in the conference and they’ve been impressive on their home diamond, winning their last eight games in a row (all at Charlie Dine Softball Field). Last year’s team also had those same qualities.
Game one against Mesa proved to be another Lady Matador dominating performance, as the offense put up nine runs while starting pitcher Jessica Flores kept to her dominant ways, pitching a 9-0 shutout win.
Game two turned out to be highly contested, as the Thunderbirds took the 2-0 lead in the first inning. AWC wouldn’t get any offense going until the third, when Alexis Longwood dropped a sacrifice bunt that instantly cut Mesa’s lead in half. Later in the inning, Nikki Kelland was walked while the bases were loaded; which turned into an instant run, tying the game 2-2. Then Lockwood would score on a tag up from third, when Baylee Boren hit a deep fly into left that was almost a homer.
Homeruns by Daisy Hatcher-Taylor and Taylor Ancona in the fourth and fifth innings gave AWC enough cushion to outlast Mesa. Flores would come into the game as relief pitcher and get the final four outs to secure the 5 to 4 win for the Lady Mats. AWC has won it’s last eleven games.