FARMINGTON Piedra Vista and Farmington High each dropped their openers at the Coach Bob National Invitational.

PV and FHS both lost to Columbine High from Littleton, Colo., on Wednesday in Phoenix.

The Scorpions (8-5) fell 6-3 to the Rebels (6-0) after opening the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning.

Columbine scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but FHS answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of half of the inning.

The Rebels added two more runs in the top of the fifth to secure the victory. Columbine added its final run in the top of the seventh inning.

FHS head coach Sean Trotter said his team went up against a tough pitcher and was unable to get the key hits needed to score the necessary runs.

"We faced a left-hander that was pretty good," Trotter said. "We stranded 10 runners and didn't get the run support we needed today."

Trotter said starting pitcher Beamer Wick threw well in the loss, lasting four and two-third innings in the outing.

Piedra Vista (9-4) also lost to Columbine 7-3 later in the day.

"The score wasn't really indicative of how close the game was," PV head coach Mike McGaha said.

The Panthers loaded the bases trailing 4-3 with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, before the Rebels forced a double to get out of the inning.

Columbine added insurance runs with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.

PV again loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning but was unable to cut into the Rebels' lead.

"Really, I was pleased with the effort. We just fell asleep during a couple of key at bats," McGaha said. "These teams here are unforgiving. Plus, they're using aluminum bats, while we're using wood. Their shortstop is going to UNLV. They have two players going to Kansas. They just swung the bats well."

Gunner Archuleta threw six innings in the loss and was relieved following Columbine's seventh inning home run.

Farmington will continue the tournament today with games against Green Mountain High from Lakewood, Colo., and Highlands Ranch, Colo., while PV faces Moorpark, Calif.

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.