JUCO softball preview
Arizona Western at (8) Eastern Arizona
Time: Noon today, Thatcher
Last game: The Matadors had a doubleheader at Central Arizona schedule for Saturday postponed; The Gila Monsters had a March 5 doubleheader at Central postponed due to traffic problems between Coolidge and Thatcher.
Records: AWC (22-10 overall, 14-6 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference); Eastern Arizona (23-4 overall, 17-3 ACCAC)
Players to watch: Morgan Paul has taken over the top of the AWC batting average list with her .462 mark. ... Not only does Winona Pauline lead EAC with a .415 batting average and four home runs, she’s 9-2 in the circle this year with a 1.83 ERA and is slated to start Game 2.
The lowdown: The Matadors enter the game coming off a 5-1 homestand. ... With one more home run, the Matadors will match their team total of 25 from last year. ... On the other hand, EAC has 14 home runs — down from the 40 they had at this point last year. ... AWC has won four of the last seven games in Thatcher but have lost 20 of the last 29 overall to the Gila Monsters. Eastern swept the series last year, going 4-0.
— Edward Carifio