FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista softball team began its title defense with three wins in four games in the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Panthers (3-1) beat Los Alamos 15-0 and fell to Silver 8-2 on Friday, and then swept Bernalillo 9-1 and Eldorado 10-0 on Saturday
"Overall, I'm pleased with where we're at," said PV head coach Kevin Werth on Saturday. "The pitching looked good today, and I liked how we hit all week."
Werth said PV is still waiting to get one player back from basketball and another who is out with an injury and will see how the team progresses once it is back at full strength.
"I'm proud of them," he said. "There is a long ways to go, but I know we'll work hard and get there."
Bloomfield also won three of four games at PV's tournament.
The Lady Bobcats (3-1) opened the season with wins against San Juan, Utah, 6-4 and Los Alamos 14-5 on Friday, and then split two games on Saturday, beating Bernalillo 6-4 and falling to Silver 8-2.
"We're just going to keep working and improving, but overall, I'm happy with how the week went," Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said. "Defensively, we were pretty sound."
Aztec (4-0) won all four of its games at the Valencia tournament to open the season.
The Lady Tigers picked up victories against Moriarty 15-0 and Los Lunas 11-1 on Friday and Valencia 12-5 and Hope Christian 10-2 on Saturday.
Farmington High (2-0) swept a doubleheader against Grants on Saturday by a combined score of 32-0.
The teams will all be in action next Friday and Saturday.
Piedra Vista will play in the Southern New Mexico Invite.
Aztec and Bloomfield will host their own tournaments.
Farmington High will compete in the Bullhead, Ariz., Tournament of Champions.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.