FARMINGTON >> Eight was certainly the lucky number for Piedra Vista softball in 2013.
After winning their eighth consecutive 4A state championship, the Lady Panthers saw eight players named to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association 4A All-State Softball First-Team.
"It is pretty cool. In 2007, we had seven girls make it to the first-team, but to win eight straight and get eight girls on first-team is great," said PV head coach Kevin Werth. "There are a lot of kids out there who are deserving, but, to our kids' credit, they are very deserving with all the hard work the put in. It set the tone for the girls coming up."
Making the list was pitcher Krissy Fortner, catcher Alex Moreno, first baseman Breanna Salas, second baseman Tegan Woosley, third baseman Jordan Montoya, shortstop Susie Chandler and outfielders Tabor Woosley and Danielle Ortiz.
PV had the only District 1-4A players on the first-team, which came as a bit of a shock to Werth.
"I was surprised, but the biggest surprise was that Aztec's Hailey Morris wasn't on the first or at least the second team. She was very deserving of being a first-team player," Werth said.
Making the second team for state runner-up Aztec was pitcher Angela Minjarez, third baseman Alix Johnson and outfielder Dakota Kaufman. Farmington High outfielder Katelynn Flack also made the second-team, as did Lady Scorpion catcher Cheyenne Cochran.
Bloomfield's Chelsey Runyon and Jasmine Sappington were named to the second-team in 3A.
Navajo Prep failed to place a player on the all-state team despite winning its district.
"It's nuts. We have three girls in the top-10 hitting categories in the nation and no respect. Sad, sad, sad," said Navajo Prep head coach Darin Wright.
Several players from San Juan County were named to all-state teams in baseball.
Six Farmington High players assumed seven spots on the all-state teams, including first-team selections Lance Lee at shortstop, Brad Betz as a utility player and Austin Davis, who was recognized on the first-team as a pitcher and as a centerfielder.
"It is truly an honor and I just feel blessed to be named to the team," Davis said. "All the hard work paid off."
Piedra Vista's Jacy Cave and Ian Doughty were also two-position first-teamers as Cave was selected as a pitcher and first baseman and Doughty as a pitcher and outfielder.
Cave, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow before his junior season, was happy to make the list alongside pitchers such as Davis and Albuquerque Academy's Tyler Buffett.
"I feel honored to be able to even be considered for two positions. It was a long hard run and it never comes easy," Cave said. "To sit out a full season from Tommy John and to try and recover was a hard prcess, but being included with Division I guys that will succeed at the next level really makes me feel honored."
PV head coach Mike McGaha called Doughty the ace of the staff who got the ball in every big game. His no-hitter in the state semifinals put an exclamation point on his stellar senior season.
Doughty said he didn't think he was being considered for two positions and the honor came as a surprise.
"It feels really good. I didn't really know I made it for fielding as well. I am just glad to know all the hard work paid off, and I was able to produce for my team during the season," Doughty said.
Also making the first-team for Piedra Vista was second baseman Jeremy Johnson, who also recovered from Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm last summer. He was joined by third baseman Dillan Vigil on the first-team.
"I think it says a lot more about the years (Vigil) was able to put together. He over-achieved and transitioned from second base to third base a year ago and learned that position and had to make his arm stronger. He worked his tail off in the weight room," McGaha said. "Johnson had the surgery last summer after the high school season and missed summer ball and part of the fall because he didn't want to miss any of the high school season. It says a lot about what the program meant to him."
Kody Russell was also a second-team selection for Piedra Vista as an outfielder.
FHS head coach Sean Trotter was happy to see both Betz and Lee gain recognition for their solid seasons along with second-team designated hitter Colby Nelson and honorable mention players Elias Blackwater and Ethan Spellbring.
"There are pretty good shortstops in 4A. For Lee to be first-team certainly said something about him. He has tools and a future ahead of him if he stays healthy," Trotter said of Lee, who missed the beginning of the season with an injury. "Betz played every inning at shortstop last year and then with the injury coming from basketball and us shuffling guys around and all that, it is nice to see him recognized at utility. It says a lot about his ability to transfer from one position to another."
Aztec's Tanner Moore was selected as the second-team utility player for his work pitching and catching this season.
"Tanner hit .575 with four home runs, four triples and 15 doubles and 41 RBIs. That is a pretty good season," said Aztec assistant coach Brett Alexander.
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