Piedra Vista’s Phillip Archuleta (1) catches the ball as Albuquerque Academy’s Cody Brown (3) slides in to second base on Saturday at Ricketts
Piedra Vista's Phillip Archuleta (1) catches the ball as Albuquerque Academy's Cody Brown (3) slides in to second base on Saturday at Ricketts Field in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — The Farmington High and Piedra Vista baseball teams will head into the district season on a losing note.

PV lost to Albuquerque Academy 7-1, and FHS followed up with a 5-2 loss to Sandia Prep on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

The PV hitters struggled in the loss to Academy, recording just three hits.

"We didn't square up nearly as many balls as they did," PV head coach Mike McGaha said.

The Chargers (9-7) took advantage of a few infield singles and a couple of Panther errors to open up an early lead.

Academy scored three runs in the fifth inning to push its advantage to 6-1.

PV (13-9) scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the second inning.

Piedra Vista third baseman Gunner Archuleta (18) throws out a Albuquerque Academy runner at first base on Saturday at Ricketts Field in Farmington.
Piedra Vista third baseman Gunner Archuleta (18) throws out a Albuquerque Academy runner at first base on Saturday at Ricketts Field in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

Matt Martin took the loss on the mound for the Panthers.

The Scorpions (10-9) opened up a 2-0 lead in their game against the Sundevils (13-4) but Sandia Prep pulled ahead with three runs in the fifth inning and never looked back.

"They did a good job of taking advantage of our mistakes," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said.

FHS opened the scoring with a run in the first inning.

Chris Moore led off with a double and came around to score on an RBI single by Tyler Stock.

FHS scored again in the fourth inning following a Sundevils' error.

Sandia Prep took the lead in the fifth inning with a pair of RBI singles and then added two insurance runs in the seventh inning to seal the win.

District play opens for PV and FHS on Tuesday. The Scorpions will host Kirtland Central, and PV will play Aztec.

Aztec smashed by Bayfield, Colo.

The Tigers will head into the District 1-4A season with a tough loss to Bayfield, Colo. after falling at home 18-1.

Head coach Brett Alexander said he left a couple of pitchers in longer than normal in an attempt to conserve his bullpen for the games against the district rivals next week.

"We probably could have made more pitching changes, but we had to save arms with PV and Farmington next week," Alexander said.

Alexander hopes the Tigers (5-13) will take advantage of a fresh start in district play.

"It's a whole new ball game," he said. "You can go in like us, under .500, and make a run to put yourself in the playoffs," he said.

Aztec will host PV on Tuesday and then play FHS on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

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.