FARMINGTON — Farmington High had a tough time getting its offense going, but eventually the Scorpions' baseball team was able to get past Kirtland Central.
FHS knocked off KCHS 10-0 in five innings to begin District 1-4A play on Tuesday at Ricketts Park.
Rylan Deyapp was the star at the plate for the Scorps, going 3-for-4 with three runs and seven RBIs.
"Just some days, everything is working for you," Deyapp said.
Deyapp's inside-the-park grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning sealed the run-rule victory for FHS.
"He's one of those guys that has some significant potential," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said of Deyapp. "We really like a lot of the things he's capable of doing. We hit about three balls hard today, and he had two of them. I'm proud of his effort today."
FHS (11-9, 1-0 District 1-4A) opened the scoring in the first inning. Deyapp led off the game with a bloop double into shallow center field and then scored on a Chris Moore ground out to give the Scorps a 1-0 lead.
Neither team could generate any offense until the bottom of the fourth inning when Deyapp hit a two-out triple with the bases loaded to score Alik Abbott, Beamer Wick and Austin Foutz.
KCHS head coach Ron Axworthy said his team was just unable to find that third out in the key innings.
"We just couldn't get that third out. Then it steamrolled from there," Axworthy said.
The FHS fourth and fifth inning rallies each started with two outs and no one on base.
"Kirtland did a great job of sticking around, so it was good to get those runs on the board and get out of here early," Trotter said.
Abbott earned the victory on the mound for FHS after scattering four hits in four innings and allowing zero runs.
Rashaan Sorrelhorse took the loss for KCHS after allowing 10 runs, five earned, in four and two-third innings.
The Broncos (9-10-1, 0-1) and Scorps will continue district play on Saturday. KCHS hosts Piedra Vista, and FHS plays Aztec at Ricketts.
"I'm looking forward to it," Axworthy said. "I think the kids really want it. I think we're right there and can compete with PV."
Piedra Vista 16, Aztec 0, 5 innings
The Panthers crushed the Tigers in the other District 1-4A baseball opener on Tuesday.
PV (14-9, 1-0) knocked off Aztec (5-14, 0-1) 16-0 in a game that ended by run-rule after five innings.
"Not everything was perfect, but everybody contributed," PV head coach Mike McGaha said. "It was nice to have those guys who aren't always lighting up the box score provide some punch in the lineup."
Philip Archuleta allowed just two hits in three innings to get the win.
"Philip did a good job filling up the strike zone," McGaha said.
The Panthers are still trying to find out how everybody on the team fits in.
"We're just trying to figure out who can contribute where. It's important for us to know which guys can come in on the bench and produce," McGaha said.