Aztec’s Breanna Watkins (21) scores a run against Farmington on Saturday at the Ricketts Park softball fields in Farmington.
Aztec's Breanna Watkins (21) scores a run against Farmington on Saturday at the Ricketts Park softball fields in Farmington. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON Aztec found a way to outslug Farmington High to win the Lady Scorpions' softball invitational.

The Lady Tigers scored eight runs in the top of the first inning on their way to an 18-12 win against FHS on Saturday at the Ricketts Park softball fields.

"Every time they'd get close to us, someone would get on base, then we'd knock them in," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said.

Aztec catcher Taylor Santistevan hit two home runs in the victory for the Lady Tigers.

FHS head coach Johnny Curry said despite the loss, he liked the way his team continued to battle.

"When an athlete and team fights like that, that's something you can get behind as a coach," Curry said.

Both coaches credited the opposing lineup for giving the pitchers so much trouble.

"Both teams just hit really well," Curry said.

Aztec (11-0) and Farmington (4-7) each also played Los Lunas on Saturday. Aztec won the matchup 9-3, while the Lady Scorps lost 18-6.

Aztec has opened with 11 straight wins to start the season, and Jose Santistevan likes the effort his team has put into the season so far.

"I don't really have any complaints," he said. "The girls are working their tails off and want to be good."

Both teams will be in action again at the Kristen Griego Memorial Tournament in Rio Rancho next weekend and are expecting tough competition.

"We just want to build on the heart and fight we showed in the games today," Curry said. "We're working for April and May. At this point, we're not looking at the scoreboard. We just want to continue to compete."

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.