Aztec pitcher Angela Minjarez (44) fields the ball against Valencia High School on Saturday at the Aztec Sports Complex.
Aztec pitcher Angela Minjarez (44) fields the ball against Valencia High School on Saturday at the Aztec Sports Complex. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Aztec won three games in two days to claim its own tournament title.

The Lady Tigers defeated Valencia in the championship game 10-2 in Aztec on Saturday.

"These wins help us get in the right spot for state," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said.

Aztec (7-0) also defeated Gallup 10-2 on Saturday to advance to the title game.

Hailey Morris threw a complete game against Gallup to earn the victory, and then Angela Minjarez followed up with her own complete game against Valencia to lock up the tournament victory.

"I knew what we had coming back pitching-wise, and I'm pleased with where they're at," Santistevan said.

Taylor Santistevan drove in nine runs during the two victories for the Lady Tigers.

Aztec will compete next week at the Farmington Invitational.

PV places 2nd in Las Cruces

The Lady Panthers (6-2) won three straight at the Southern New Mexico Invitational before falling 14-2 in the championship game to Oñate on Saturday.

On Friday, PV opened with victories against Alamogordo and Centennial, and then backed it up with a 6-2 win against 5A defending champion Las Cruces.

"(We) hit the ball well against Centennial and Las Cruces, but just weren't patient enough against Oñate," PV head coach Kevin Werth said.

Werth said coming into the tournament that he would have been ecstatic to finish 3-1 but was hoping for more once his team reached the final.

"We've got to find some consistency in the circle and at the plate," Werth said. "If we pitch, catch and hit like we did in the first three games, we can play with anyone, so it's a matter of finding the right combination and moving forward from there."

The Lady Panthers will play a doubleheader at Gallup on Friday.

Bloomfield hosts tourney, loses two of three

Bloomfield (4-3) notched one victory at its Lady Bobcat invitational this weekend.

Bloomfield fell in games to Kirtland Central 11-8 and San Juan High School from Blanding, Utah, 11-5, but picked up a key win against 3A preseason No. 3 Hope Christian 10-4 during the tournament.

"That's a good win for us come state seeding time," Lady Bobcats' head coach Andi Clark said.

Clark said slow starts have plagued her team this season and contributed to the two losses.

"We've played seven games, and I think in five of those we've had to come from behind," she said. "We definitely need to come out strong."

Bloomfield will join Aztec and Farmington at the Lady Scorps tournament next week.

"We want to keep our bats going," Clark said. "We're hitting well and had minimal errors committed by the defense."

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