FARMINGTON — In the first meeting of the season between the two local rivals, Piedra Vista emerged with a win against Farmington High.
The Panthers beat the Scorpions 4-1 in the title game of the Piedra Vista Invitational on Saturday at Ricketts Park.
"We've steadily improved," PV head coach Mike McGaha said. "We've got a long way to go, and I still think we've had some discipline issues at the plate, but, in general, I like the direction we're moving in."
PV (8-3) got a strong performance from Wyatt Weaver on the mound in the win.
Weaver allowed just one run on three hits in six innings for the Panthers.
"With the way I pitch, I just have to throw as many strikes as I can," said Weaver, who utilized a knuckleball throughout the game. "It's not about how much it moves. I just have to get it in the strike zone."
Neither team's offense was able to generate much throughout the game.
The Panthers got on the board in the bottom of the third inning.
Tanner Goodwin led off with an infield single and then came around to score following an FHS error.
PV tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to expand its advantage.
The Panthers took advantage of a dropped ball in center field to push the lead to 2-0. Then, Kody Russell added a third run with an RBI single.
"When you have more errors than hits, you won't win too many games," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said. "We played well all weekend, but came out tonight and made some physical mistakes."
After Weaver scored on an RBI ground out by Philip Archuleta in the bottom of the sixth, FHS (8-4) tallied its only run of the game in the top of the seventh on a ground out by Isaiah George to score Tyler Stock.
The Scorps earned a 14-5 victory against Fruita Monument, Colo., in the consolation final.
FHS scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh to get the win.
The Panthers and Scorpions will continue their seasons at the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz., beginning on Thursday.