The Lady Panthers defeated Farmington High 15-0 in Game 1 then backed it up with a 5-1 victory in Game 2 of Friday's rivalry doubleheader.
“Any time we can sweep in our district, it's a good thing,” said PV head coach Kevin Werth.
No. 1 PV (19-5, 4-0 District 1-4A) scored four runs in the third inning and 11 runs in fourth the during the run-rule victory in Game 1.
Susie Chandler hit a grand slam to lock up the win in the first game.
FHS (10-14, 0-4) struggled defensively in the opener, committing five errors that led to PV's first three runs.
“After that, it just went downhill from there,” said FHS head coach Johnny Curry on his team's defensive miscues.
Tabor Woosley, Tegan Woosley and Krissy Fortner each had a pair of hits in the victory.
Fortner recorded the win for the Lady Panthers after throwing four innings and allowing just one hit, while striking out 10 FHS hitters.
All nine PV batters reached base for in the victory.
Fortner said having a lineup that can contribute from top to bottom makes her job in the circle a lot easier.
“It's really reassuring knowing that I have hitters to get in runs,” she said.
Sicily Villano took a loss in Game 1 after allowing 11 runs on eight hits in three and one-third innings.
In Game 2, Chandler scored the opening run for PV in the first inning on a FHS throwing error.
FHS tied the game at one in the top of the third when Jordan Curry hit a single to drive in Cheyenne Cochran.
The Lady Panthers answered with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Tegan Woosley scored on an RBI-triple by Danielle Ortiz, then Ortiz put another run on the board after a Chandler single.
PV pushed two more runs across in the fifth when Tegan Woosley hit a solo home run and Chandler scored after a single by Tabor Woosley.
Fortner shut down FHS, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters she faced.
The PV pitcher gave up one run on four hits in seven innings while striking out 11 for the victory.
“It's really great. I've been anticipating it all week,” Fortner said of sweeping the Lady Scorpions. “I was nervous, so to get those out of the way is really nice.”
Werth said Fortner's pitching was critical to the two victories.
“The way Krissy threw tonight — she was on. She was dominant,” Werth said.
Villano allowed five runs in five and two-thirds innings to take the loss for FHS in Game 2.
Johnny Curry was happy with the way his team continued to battle in the second game, but said slow starts have hampered his squad all year.
“Through the course of the season, it seems like we have to have a warmup game or something,” he said. “Part of this year has been collecting those experiences. In the second game, we fought hard defensively. I was really proud of them. They had a chance to come out and say ‘oh they killed us that first game' but they came out and answered the call.”
PV will now turn its focus to No. 2 Aztec next Friday as the two teams will fight for the district title.
“Obviously, it comes down to us two for a district championship,” Werth said. “They're a solid ball club. They got a lot of speed. They got good sticks. They got great pitching. So we're going to go to work this week and prepare the best we can for them.”
FHS will try to pick up its first wins of the district season when they face Kirtland Central.
“We need to have that fight right when we first come out,” Curry said.
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