FARMINGTON — Farmington High managed to escape with a victory against district-rival Aztec.
The Scorpions used four runs in the fourth inning to open a lead and then hung on for a 7-6 win against the Tigers on Saturday at Ricketts Park.
"I've said that Aztec has some good athletes and if they put it together, then they're a good club. They showed it today," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said.
FHS (12-9, 2-0 District 1-4A) entered the top of the seventh inning with a 7-3 advantage, but Aztec (5-15, 0-2) fought back to come within a run.
The Tigers hit a single and drew a couple of walks to load the bases. Then Noah Frohn was hit by a pitch from Isaiah George to force in a run, cutting the lead to 7-4.
Alik Abbott came on in relief of George for FHS and forced a ground out to second base. Aztec scored again on the play to trim the FHS advantage to 7-5.
A Scorps error allowed the sixth run to come across and put the tying run at second base, but Abbott settled in and got a pop fly to the shortstop and ground out to seal the 7-6 victory for FHS.
Aztec head coach Brett Alexander said he was happy with the way his team battled in the final inning.
"I reminded them that it wasn't over and told them to keep fighting," Alexander said. "They went out there and gave themselves a chance. I'm proud of them."
Aztec opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a run after two FHS errors.
The Scorps tied the game 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by George.
The Tigers went ahead again in the top of the third inning after a 2-run single by Frohn, but FHS again answered in the bottom of the third inning. Beamer Wick and Tyler Stock drove in runs for the Scorps during the inning.
FHS got some breathing room in the bottom of the fourth inning with a four-run outburst.
Ethan Spellbring hit a single with the bases loaded to score three runs after an Aztec error, and then Wick drove Spellbring in a double to give the Scorps a 7-3 lead.
"Up to that point it was 3-3 and (Dalton) Watson was pitching a gem," Trotter said. "We just found some grass in the outfield and getting a crooked number like that is nice."
Chris Moore went five innings on the mound for FHS in the victory, allowing three runs on four hits.
Watson took the loss for Aztec, allowing five runs, two earned, on three hits. Watson struck out five and walked four in three innings.
FHS and Aztec will resume district play on Tuesday as the Scorps play Piedra Vista and Aztec hosts Kirtland Central.
"The season's not over, and we've got a lot of things we can get better at," Alexander said.