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YUMA, Ariz. – Tuesday afternoon in Yuma, the Arizona Western College softball team (31-12 overall, 25-7 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) powered past Paradise Valley Community College (17-15 overall, 17-15 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference). The Lady Mats won 7-1 and 10-5 and have now won five straight.

In game one, AWC used steady offense to take the lead by scoring runs in each of the first three innings. In the first inning, Allison Betty pounded an RBI triple for a 1-0 lead. Jessica Alvarez singled home Betty one batter later.

In the second inning, Yassiel Lazo blasted a two-run home run for a 4-0 lead. It was her fourth homer this year.

Paradise Valley got on the board with an unearned run in the top of the third inning that cut the lead to 4-1.

AWC answered. Michelle Roldan hit a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 5-1.

Two insurance runs helped put the game away for Arizona Western in the sixth. Makenna Stram, the Lady Matador pitcher, helped her cause with an RBI single. Nadia Hernandez followed it up with a pinch hit RBI single that pushed the lead to 7-1.

Stram (17-5) earned the win in the circle for AWC. She scattered five hits and one run over seven innings. The freshman struck out six without a walk.

In game two, Arizona Western jumped out to a seven-run lead in two innings. In the first inning, Jessica Alvarez doubled home the team’s first run. An error in center field on a Danielle Burgos swing scored one more for a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Mats loaded the bases in the second, and Aylin Campa drew a walk to start the rally. Betty hit an RBI groundout to push the lead to 4-0. Alvarez knocked in another run with a sac fly, and Burgos crushed a two-run homer for a 7-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Burgos blasted her second two-run homer of the game. Her fifth homer of the season put AWC up 9-0.

Paradise Valley started to climb back in by plating two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Alvarez mashed a solo homer in the sixth for a 10-5 lead. It was her team-leading sixth homer this season.

Koryne Coddington (12-7) earned the win in the circle after allowing five runs, two earned, in 5.2 innings. She allowed eight hits without a walk while striking out one. Kanani Vizcarra picked up her first save of the season after putting out a fire in the sixth inning. She pitched the final 1.1 innings and didn’t allow a hit.

The Lady Mats are back in action on Saturday in Yuma. AWC hosts Central Arizona College at noon. Admission is FREE to the Charlie Dine Softball Field.

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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