KIRTLAND — The Farmington High bats are getting into the swing of things at the right time.
The Scorpions scored 24 runs in the first two innings of their District 1-4A opener in a 27-5 win at Kirtland Central on Tuesday.
FHS (14-7, 1-0 District 1-4A) had 10 different hitters combine for 20 hits during the victory.
“It was good. The young kid who started out there for them threw strikes and we hit some balls well,” said FHS head coach Sean Trotter. “Offensively, we're pretty happy.”
The Scorpions scored eight runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Colby Nelson.
FHS then sent 21 batters to the plate during a 16-run second inning.
During the inning, 13 straight Scorpion hitters reached base and scored.
“We just swung the bat and everyone did what they were supposed to,” said second baseman Brandon Padilla, who went 4-4 with three doubles and five RBIs in the win. “I think we're finally coming through at the right time of the season.”
The Broncos (5-10, 0-1 District 1-4A) warmed up a little at the plate in the fifth inning, scoring four runs.
Frankie Gutierrez pitched four innings to get the win for FHS.
The Scorpion starter allowed two hits and one run, while striking out six.
“It was big for me, being the first district game,” Gutierrez said. “Fastball was working good. They were a little behind it. My velocity was good in the pen.”
FHS catcher Elias Blackwater hit four singles during a 4-for-5 day at the plate with three RBIs.
Austin Davis was 3-for-4 in the win with four runs and an RBI for the Scorps.
Raashaun Sorrelhorse went 2-for-2 at the plate for Kirtland with a run and an RBI.
Alex Sanchez took the loss on the mound for the Broncos after allowing eight runs in two-thirds of an inning to start the game.
The Scorpions continue their district schedule on Saturday against Aztec with Kirtland play Piedra Vista.
“They've played as well as they have in a long time,” Trotter said of Aztec. “I think they'll be a challenge for us. They're a good club.”
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