FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against 5A Volcano Vista.
The Lady Panthers lost a tight 5-3 game in the opener and then fell in a slugfest 15-12 in the second game against the Lady Hawks on Saturday at the Farmington Sports Complex.
In the first game, PV (8-4) fell behind 4-0 before scoring twice in the fifth inning and once in the sixth inning to cut into the deficit. But the Lady Panthers were never able to gain the lead.
"The first one was disappointing, because I thought Halie Hutson pitched good enough to win the game," PV head coach Kevin Werth said. "We just committed five errors and couldn't get any timely hits."
Neither team could get its pitching going in the second contest.
The Lady Panthers opened up a 3-1 lead after one inning, but the Lady Hawks (11-2) scored seven runs in the second inning.
PV responded with six runs of its own in the bottom of the second to take a 9-8 lead, but Volcano Vista answered again with six runs in the third inning to take the lead for good.
"We threw Halie back out there again, because Megan Risner was out with a concussion. But by then they'd seen her quite a few times, and they got to her," Werth said.
Volcano Vista hit four home runs, including a grand slam, in the second win of the day.
Werth said he chalks the game up to a learning experience for his team.
"I got four kids with a lot of varsity experience, but the rest of them are newbies," he said.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Lady Panthers as they travel the Michelle Carew Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
PV opens the tournament on Thursday with Amador Valley High School from Pleasanton, Calif., which is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation by the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll.
"We go out to this tournament to get better and prepare for district and state. Every team we face is high caliber," Werth said.