PVCC vs. Arizona Western

Puma baseball dominates in doubleheader, hopeful for playoffs

Charles Landis, Sports Editor, Puma Press

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On Saturday, April 2, Paradise Valley Community College’s baseball team faced off against Arizona Western College for a doubleheader. Outstanding pitching and situational hitting led the Pumas to both victories that day, as they comfortably beat the Matadors 7-2 and 7-3.

Centerfielder Logan Ehnes led the way with an offensive outpour in the bottom of the second inning in the first game when he hit a bases-loaded triple to give the team the lead and eventually the win. He finished the day with four hits in seven at-bats, five runs batted in, and two walks.

After the game, Ehnes commented about his performance and the way this year has been going for the team in general.

“Saturday was a great team win where we had two of our best pitchers on the mound and they pitched some gems both games,” Ehnes said.

The team is currently 11-3 in games they play on Saturdays.

“Nobody is stressed out about school or anything else,” Ehnes said. “We are all focused on the game and we’re locked in from when we get there at 9 till 6….”

Ehnes recently broke the single season runs batted in record for the baseball team which was 37.

Paradise Valley Community College catcher, Matt Malkin, added onto the hitting with a two-run hoThe merun in the same inning Ehnes hit his triple, and the Pumas struck quickly making it 5-0 at the end of the second inning.

Puma pitcher Ryan Kokora struggled to get deep into the first game, only lasting 2.2 innings and giving up two runs.

Teammate and pitcher, Miguel Ruiz, who came in to relieve Kokora, shut down the opposing team once he took the mound, giving up zero runs, two hits and striking out four.

The team finished strong with 11 hits in the game and backed that up with a shutout performance by Ruiz on the mound.

The offense didn’t stop in the second half of the doubleheader, with the Pumas scoring three runs in the first inning and eventually winning the game 7-3.

Malkin once again provided power from the middle of the lineup, hitting a three-run homerun. Malkin currently has eight homeruns for the season and has a chance at beating PVCC’s record for homeruns in a season, which is nine.

Puma Kreston Woods had three hits in four at bats in the game, and Turner Lace finished the game with two hits in four at bats.

The biggest performer in this game was Puma pitcher Austin Thomason, who lasted six innings and gave up zero runs, while striking out 10 opposing batters. Thomason has 56 strikeouts on the year, and with three starts left, he has a very good chance of breaking the PVCC record of 82 in a season.

The PVCC team is currently in contention for a playoff spot with nine games to go. The 2016 NJCAA DII Baseball World Series begins May 28th in Enid, Oklahoma.

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