FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista softball team escaped with a victory against Valencia in its final non-district game of the regular season.
The Lady Panthers survived a seventh-inning comeback attempt from the Lady Jaguars to pull out a 9-8 win on Thursday at the Farmington Sports Complex.
PV (12-8) entered the top of the seventh inning with a 9-5 lead, but the Lady Panthers committed two of their five errors during the Valencia rally, which led to a pair of unearned runs.
Valencia (13-8) got the tying run to third base, but couldn't complete the comeback as relief pitcher Halie Hutson forced Adrianna Carbajal to ground out, ending the game.
Despite the victory, PV head coach Kevin Werth wasn't happy with the sloppy performance by his team.
"We didn't deserve to win today. Valencia played better than us," Werth said. "They did everything better, and we lucked out. We weren't very smart today. That's the ugliest I've seen us play."
The Lady Jaguars took their only 2-1 lead in the top of the third after a two-run double by Kayla Young.
PV responded in the bottom of the third inning with seven runs.
Haley Parson and Kieyoomia Benally each hit two-run singles to help the Lady Panthers open an 8-2 lead.
Parson finished the game with three RBIs and went 2-for-4 from the plate.
Megan Risner got the win in the circle for PV. Risner threw six and one-third innings, allowing seven runs.
Amber Baca took the loss for Valencia after allowing seven runs in two innings.
The Lady Panthers will look to rebound today as they open District 1-4A play at home against Kirtland Central.
"If we don't clean up our play, we'll be one and done in the state tournament. You can't play that way against anybody," Werth said. "We'll definitely learn from the mistakes because there were plenty of them. We have to bounce back. Tomorrow will be a very important day for this team. If they come out play like they did today, even if we get the win, it's not going to go over well, because Farmington and Aztec will whip our butts."
Aztec and Farmington will also open district play today at the Ricketts Park softball field.