FARMINGTON — The Aztec softball team answered its first loss of the season by hammering Española Valley in both games of a doubleheader.

The Lady Tigers (17-1) smashed the Lady Sundevils 19-0 in each game of the series.

Pitchers Angela Minjarez and Hailey Morris each threw a no-hitter for Aztec in the victories.

"I thought the girls did a great job," head coach Jose Santistevan said. "We were beat up after the Rio Rancho Tournament, so the girls spent the week recovering and getting a lot of treatment."

Offensively, Santistevan said his team was able to hit the ball well and strung together a bunch of singles in the wins.

Aztec will be off until April 12, when the team closes out its non-district schedule with a doubleheader against Volcano Vista in Albuquerque.

PV splits at Michelle Carew Classic

The Piedra Vista softball team split its first two games of the Michelle Carew Classic.

The Lady Panthers lost the opener 5-0 to Amador Valley High School from Pleasanton, Calif., on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

PV (9-5) faced tough pitching against Amador Valley, recording just one hit in the loss.

"We put the ball in play a few times, but there's a reason they're one of the best teams in the country," PV head coach Kevin Werth said.


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Amador Valley, ranked No. 3 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, scored one run in the first inning, three in the second and one in third to come out with the win.

The Lady Panthers responded later in the day to defeat Righetti High School from Santa Maria, Calif., 4-1.

"I was really happy with the way they bounced back after the loss," Werth said.

PV used a three-run third inning to build up a cushion, and then cruised to the win behind the pitching of Megan Risner, who didn't allow a run until the seventh inning.

Autumn Begay went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the win.

The Lady Panthers will continue the tournament today against Poly High School from Riverside, 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.