AZTEC — Farmington High jumped Aztec with a four-run second inning and never relinquished the lead as FHS remained unbeaten in district play.
The Scorpions (15-7, 2-0 District 1-4A) defeated the Tigers 8-3 on Saturday afternoon in Aztec.
“I'm happy with the offensive productions, especially early,” said FHS head coach Sean Trotter. “We had a lull there in the middle, but overall, it was pretty good.”
Aztec scored the opening run of the game in the bottom of the first, but the Scorps replied with four in the top of the second thanks to a couple of big hits and a few Aztec miscues on defense.
“We just got a little lax on defense,” said Aztec assistant coach Brett Alexander. “We gave up four runs on two hits, and you can bounce back against other teams in the state, but not Farmington. You have to play a tight ball game. We had three errors on the board, and that's not good enough to beat them.”
Aztec (13-5, 0-2) trimmed the lead to 4-2 in the second, but FHS starter Matt Huffhines settled in after the inning and recorded the win for the Scorpions.
“We talked to them about seeing a soft left hander,” Alexander said. “I've seen Matt throw for four years now and he's a good ball player. He spots the ball really well and he just kept us off balance.”
Tanner Moore took the loss for the Tigers.
“I think their guy Tanner Moore is pretty good,” Trotter said. “That's a solid arm, and I think we did a good job early at hitting pitches. We had a couple miscues on the bases otherwise, I think we put up a couple more.”
FHS will face crosstown rival Piedra Vista on Tuesday with first place in the district on the line, while Aztec will look to grab its first win of the district season against Kirtland Central.
“We know what we're going to get, and they know what they're going to get,” Trotter said of PV. “We're pretty familiar, but we haven't seen Ian Doughty and that will be a real challenge for us. He's as good as they get. We're looking forward to the opportunity.”
Piedra Vista 18, Kirtland Central 0
The Panthers cruised by the Broncos in their second district game of the season.
PV (13-8, 2-0 District 1-4A) had three pitchers combine on the shut out with Jacy Cave starting and throwing two innings to get credit for the win.
Nate Dominguez threw two innings in relief and Gunner Archuleta sat down the Kirtland hitters in order to close the final inning of the run-rule shortened game.
“We walked three, gave up four hits and made one error,” said PV head coach Mike McGaha. “We did a good job of minimizing damage, but we have to be better than that.”
The Panthers had a balance attack at the plate led by Cave and Jeremy Johnson who each had a pair of hits.
“Everybody chipped in,” McGaha said of his team's hitting.
PV will play Farmington next, while Kirtland (5-11, 0-2) will face Aztec. “We are going to have our hands full on Tuesday,” McGaha said of the FHS matchup.
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