ALBUQUERQUE — Piedra Vista and Aztec are set for yet another championship fight for the 4A softball title.
No. 1 PV smashed No. 7 Bernalillo 11-0 in six innings, while No. 2 Aztec won three times on Friday to set up the showdown between the top two 4A squads.
The Lady Panthers have knocked off the Lady Tigers for the past two 4A crowns.
"Our schedule all year has set us up for this," PV head coach Kevin Werth said.
PV advanced to the title game in about as easy of a fashion as can be expected, outscoring their opponents 40-4 in three games.
The Lady Panthers scored three times in the top of the first inning against Bernalillo and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Starting pitcher Megan Risner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on her way to picking up the victory.
Aztec had a much more difficult path to the title game after losing their opening game of the tournament.
But the Lady Tigers battled through the losers' bracket, defeating No. 5 Valencia 14-2, No. 3 Centennial 10-4 and Bernalillo 6-2 to earn their third straight crack a championship.
"I just told the girls we have nothing to lose. They came out today and just let it flow and that's what we've been looking for," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said.
The two teams will meet for the title at 11 a.m. at the UNM softball field.
Aztec will have to defeat PV twice to win the title. If Aztec wins the initial game, the decisive contest is scheduled for 5 p.m.
"We've been in this spot the last two years, so let's try it again," Santistevan said.