FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista baseball team has put itself in solid position to win the District 1-4A title.
The Panthers blasted Farmington High 11-2 on Tuesday at Ricketts Park to move to 3-0 in district play at the halfway point of the season.
PV blew the game open in the top of the third after a pair of FHS errors allowed three of the five Panther runs in the inning.
"It took a lot of hard work to get to where we are now," PV head coach Mike McGaha said. "Right now, we're starting to put together back-to-back good outings on the mound. One through nine in the lineup, the strike outs are at an all-time low for us. People are contributing in huge ways."
The Panthers started the scoring in the top of the second inning after RBIs by Logan Klunder and Philip Archuleta gave PV (13-9, 3-0 District 1-4A) a 2-0 lead.
The Scorpions (12-10, 2-1) had a chance to respond in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases with one out, but they were unable to score.
"We made a mistake there on the base paths," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said. "It was a chance to answer. Then in the third, we didn't do ourselves any favors."
PV exploded for five runs in the third to effectively lock up the win. Klunder, Tyler Archuleta and Zach Alhgrim had RBIs during the Panthers' offensive outburst in the third inning.
"This is really big," Klunder said. "It will build up our confidence."
The Panthers tacked on one run in the fourth and two in the sixth inning.
FHS scored its only two runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to avoid a run-rule loss.
Matt Martin capped off the PV victory with a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Gunner Archuleta started on the mound and earned the victory for PV after allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings.
"He just kept getting back on the mound and grinding," McGaha said. "That's leadership."
Easton Haskill took the loss for FHS after allowing seven runs (four earned) in two innings.
Both teams will continue district play on Saturday. FHS will play at Kirtland Central, and PV will host Aztec.
The Panthers will also play a non-district game in Bloomfield against the Bobcats on Friday.
Kirtland Central 5, Aztec 2
The Broncos kept their postseason hopes alive with a 5-2 victory in Aztec on Tuesday.
After allowing two runs in the first inning, KCHS starter Rashaan Sorrelhorse shut down the Tiger bats.
"He threw just a beautiful game for us," KCHS head coach Ron Axworthy said of Sorrelhorse. "We booted a couple balls in the first to give them a lead, and then really settled down after that."
KCHS (10-12, 1-2) came back from a 2-0 deficit with three runs in the third inning after Aztec (5-16, 0-3) committed three errors.
"We've got a long road ahead," Aztec head coach Brett Alexander said. "We just need to comeback and compete."
Kirtland tacked on runs in the fourth and seventh innings.
Noah Frohn took the loss for Aztec. Frohn allowed four runs (one earned) on two hits in four innings.