ALBUQUERQUE — The Piedra Vista and Aztec baseball teams fell in their tournament openers at the Farmington Scorpions Invitational on Thursday at Ricketts Park.
The Panthers pitching staff struggled to find the strike zone, walking six batters in a 6-4 loss to the Patriots.
"We did struggle a bit on the mound, which was disappointing, since we'd been sound pitching-wise," PV head coach Mike McGaha said.
Tray Franks took the loss after allowing four runs in four innings.
McGaha also said the Panthers were unable to find any timely hitting, leaving 13 runners on base.
The Panthers (3-2) will face the loser of the Hope Christian and Unitah, Utah, game today.
"It will be a very tough matchup regardless," McGaha said.
Aztec (1-3) fell behind Los Lunas 4-0 after five innings on its way to a 4-3 loss.
"I'm proud of them for fighting back and not giving up," Aztec head coach Brett Alexander said.
Dalton Watson started and threw two innings, before leaving with an injury. Dylan Stinson pitched the final five innings and took the loss.
Aztec will face Farmington High today.
"It's good to face strong competition early in the season, whether they're in your district or not," Alexander said. "There are really no secrets between us."
Farmington High will also face Los Lunas in the winners bracket after a team pulled out, leaving the bracket at seven schools.
FHS will play four games in two days to make up for the vacancy.