FARMINGTON – Piedra Vista (11-5) came up short against 5A Carlsbad (13-1) in a bizarre game that saw every run scored in the seventh inning.

After a disastrous defensive half of the seventh inning for the Panthers, the game ended 6-2.


“Crazy game,” said PV head coach Mike McGaha.

PV committed an error to start the seventh inning before starting pitcher Ian Doughty issued a walk. It was the first of three Cavemen walks before a hit-batter brought home a second Carlsbad run.

Carlsbad came up with four hits in the inning to establish a 6-0 lead.

PV answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run off the bat of Kody Russell, who was 2-for-3 in the game with a triple and the home run.

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PV's rally was cut short when a line drive to the pitcher was caught. The pitcher then fired to first base to double off the runner and end the game.

Doughty went six and one-third innings before being relieved by Austin Bayless on the mound.

Doughty gave up three hits, walked four, struck out nine and gave up one unearned run.

Bayless was charged with five runs.

McGaha said the Carslbad fans got into the game in the seventh inning, helping change the tide of the game.

“The crowd got heavily involved, and the umpire squeezed the zone a bit, but the error and another defensive mental mistake where we didn't cover first on a bunt ended up costing us at least three in the seventh,” McGaha said. “We outplayed them in every category other than two. We had one error, and they had none. We walked six, and they walked one.”


Zach Ahlgrim was 2-for-3 with two doubles in the game for Piedra Vista.


Piedra Vista will play a doubleheader on Saturday with a game against Rio Grande at 10 a.m. and another against La Cueva at 12:30 p.m.

John Livingston can be reached at jlivingston@daily-times.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.