FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista and Farmington High baseball teams are set for their first meeting of the season.
Both teams advanced to the final of the Piedra Vista Invitational after picking up victories on Friday at Ricketts Park.
The Panthers (7-3) needed to rally from a five-run deficit to defeat Los Alamos 8-6.
"We needed that," PV head coach Mike McGaha said. "We've been in one-run, two-run and extra inning ball games, but we haven't fallen behind by a five-run margin. It was good for us to have to come from behind."
Los Alamos jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings. The Hilltoppers (6-5) scored one run in the first inning before stringing together a pair of two-out singles in the second to take the lead.
PV answered with three runs in the bottom of the third inning after RBI singles from Zach Ahlgrim and Wyatt Weaver, along with a sacrifice fly by Logan Klunder.
Los Alamos added a run in the top of the fourth before the Panthers answered again with two runs in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back triples from Tyler Archuleta and Matt Martin, followed by a sacrifice fly by Ahlgrim.
The Panthers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a 2-run double from Kody Russell. Weaver drove in an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to push the PV lead to 8-6.
Martin threw six innings to get the victory on the mound for PV.
Farmington High picked up a pair of wins during the day in the seven-team bracket.
The Scorpions defeated Miyamura 6-3 in the consolation bracket and then got past Durango, Colo., 5-4 in eight innings to advance to the title game.
FHS (7-3) never led against the Demons until the final at bat, when Rylan Deyapp hit a grounder up the middle to score Ethan Spellbring and give the Scorps the walk-off victory.
"We were in a hole certainly," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said. "It took some time before we could put something together."
Casey Dunlap opened the scoring for the Demons after reaching on a double and then scoring on an error in the top of the third.
Lance Lee tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning for the Scorps with a solo home run.
Durango (3-2) answered back with three runs in the top of the fifth inning.
After loading the bases, Isiah Mayberry lined a ball to center that Deyapp lost in the sun, allowing three runs to score and giving the Demons a 4-1 lead.
The Scorps battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning after an RBI triple by Deyapp and an RBI double by Bryce Washburn, putting FHS in position to win the game in extra innings.
"I'm proud of the effort," Trotter said. "Rylan Deyapp had a couple of big hits."
Isaiah George threw three and one-third scoreless innings in relief of Beamer Wick to pick up the win for the Scorps.
The two teams will play today at 4:30 p.m. for the tournament championship.
"In my opinion, they're as good as anybody in the state at any classification, so I know we'll have our hands full," McGaha said of FHS.
Farmington also plays Fruita Monument, Colo., at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation final.Joshua Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.