AZTEC — Aztec opened its district schedule by shutting down Farmington High in a doubleheader.
The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Scorpions 12-2 and 3-0 in a pair of games at the Aztec Tigers Sports Complex on Friday.
“We're always nervous coming into district games, especially against Farmington,” said Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan. “They've always been our nemesis. We've split with them forever, so it's great getting those wins.”
Pitcher Angela Minjarez had a pair of strong outings for Aztec, going five innings and allowing two runs while striking out seven in Game 1, and throwing seven shut out innings with four strike outs in Game 2.
Minjarez gave the Lady Scorp hitters trouble throughout both games, said FHS head coach Johnny Curry.
“We have to credit Angie for pitching two really good games,” Curry said. “(Aztec assistant coach Roy Johnson) has been working with her on the rise ball and, when she hits it, it's pretty, and she has a nice outside pitch.”
Taylor Santistevan went 6-for-6 from the plate in the two games with three doubles and six RBIs.
“I really wasn't worried about much. I just threw my hands out there and if I hit it, I hit it,” Taylor Santistevan said. “Everybody else was out there hitting, too. Beating Farmington really helps us. We needed this.”
FHS (10-12, 0-2 District 1-4A) opened Game 1 by taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI-single by Jordan Curry in the top of the first inning.
Aztec (18-4, 2-0) responded in the bottom half of the inning with four runs as the first five Lady Tigers reached base in the inning.
The Lady Scorps cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning after back-to-back doubles by Paige Miley and Sarah Huffhines.
Miley went 2-for-2 with a run in Game 1.
Aztec put the game away with an eight-run fifth inning in which 11 Lady Tigers batted.
Taylor Santistevan hit a two-run double to push the lead to 12-2 and secure the run-rule victory.
In Game 2, Minjarez worked out of trouble throughout the game as the Lady Scorps stranded eight runners.
Taylor Santistevan had an RBI-double in the bottom of the first to give Aztec a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Tigers expanded their lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third on an inside-the-park home run by Dakota Kaufman.
Taylor Santistevan recorded her sixth RBI of the two-game set with a single in the fifth inning to score Hailey Morris.
FHS had its first two batters reach base in the top of the sixth, but Minjarez retired the next three Lady Scorps to keep the shut out intact.
Amber Linker went 6-for-7 from the plate during the two games with four runs and two RBIs.
Katelynn Flack was 3-for-4 with three singles for FHS in Game 2.
Jordan Curry took the loss in game one for Lady Scorps after allowing eight runs.
Sicily Villano allowed two runs in five innings for FHS in the Game 2 defeat.
The district schedule continues next Friday when Aztec plays Kirtland Central while Farmington faces Piedra Vista.
“Were not going to over look Kirtland even though we've beat them twice,” Jose Santistevan said. “We're going to have to come and play. Everybody wants to look at that big matchup (with PV), but we've got to get through next week first.”
Johnny Curry said his team will put the losses behind them and get ready for their matchup with PV.
“There's a lot more softball to be played. We'll practice tomorrow and get back at it,” Curry said. “These kids don't quit. I've never seen a Farmington team quit. I've never seen a Farmington team lay down.”
Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.