Offense Driven

YUMA, Ariz. – Allison Betty led the charge for the Arizona Western College softball team on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore knocked in a whopping nine runs while going 5-6 in two games. She finished a double short of the cycle, and the Lady Mats (29-12 overall, 23-7 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) beat Scottsdale CC (5-31 overall, 3-27 ACCAC) 13-5 in five innings and 9-0 in five innings.

AWC trailed 3-0 and 5-2 in the first game, but a six-run fourth inning turned things around. Down 5-4 headed into the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Mats sent 10 batters to the plate to take the lead. With two on and one out, Makenna Stram poked a triple to the left-center field wall to put AWC up 6-5. After Aylin Campa walked, Betty mashed a line drive to the right-center field wall for her own two-run triple that made it 8-5. Jessica Alvarez doubled home Betty, and Danielle Burgos doubled home Alvarez for a 10-5 lead.

AWC added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Isabel Sanchez crushed the first pitch she saw over the left field wall for a solo home run to start the inning. It was her fifth homer of the year. After Yassiel Lazo walked and Campa hit a one out single, Betty ripped her third straight triple of the game to end it. She finished the first game 3-4 with five RBI, two runs scored and three triples.

Scottsdale had taken that early 3-0 lead by taking advantage of an AWC mistake. With two outs and two on, Kami Shull hit a shallow fly ball that Lazo dropped in center field, and the lead runner scored for a 1-0 lead. Amber Romero followed it up with a line drive, two-run double to left-center.

The Lady Mats got on the board in the bottom of the second. Michelle Roldan singled, and Koryne Coddington crushed a ball over the left field fence for a two-run homer that trimmed the lead to 3-2. It was her first home run of the season.

Scottsdale answered with two runs in the top of the third. Arilena Martinez reached first after Campa was called for coming off the bag on a routine grounder in the infield. Justine Valles came up and immediately hammered a home run that put SCC up 5-2. It was her second homer of the season.

The Lady Mats answered in the bottom half of the inning. Campa walked and stole second, and Betty smashed a sizzler through the infield to the wall for an RBI triple. She came home when Alvarez hit a long sacrifice fly to right field to cut it to 5-4.

Coddington (11-7) picked up the win in the circle. She allowed five runs, only one earned, on six hits in five innings. The freshman only walked one while striking out four.

Shull (4-15) took the loss for Scottsdale in the circle. She allowed all 13 runs on 14 hits in 4.1 innings. Shull walked three and struck out two.

AWC dominated game two from start to finish. The Lady Mats scored in every half inning, and Scottsdale could only muster up two hits.

In the first inning, Betty stayed hot and crushed a two-run home run to put AWC on the board. It was her third homer of the season.

In the second inning, AWC loaded the bases, and Stram cleaned them all up with a triple to right-center field. Campa walked again and stole second, and Betty delivered a two-run single up the middle for a 7-0 lead.

Stram (16-5) didn’t need much help in the circle. The left-handed freshman cruised and only allowed two hits in five innings. She walked one and struck out three while earning her fourth complete-game shutout of the year.

Lazo knocked in a run in the third inning with a double to put AWC up by eight.

In the fourth inning, Danielle Burgos singled home Nadia Hernandez for the final tally.

Shull (4-16) took the loss in game two as well. She allowed all nine runs on nine hits in four innings, and she walked four while striking out one.

The Lady Mats are back in action on Tuesday as they host Paradise Valley Community College. The doubleheader starts at noon, and admission is FREE!

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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.


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