FARMINGTON — For the second week in a row, the Farmington High softball team put a scare into one of the top squads in the state but fell just short of the win.
No. 2 Piedra Vista held on in extra innings of the second game of a doubleheader to win 7-6, after beating the Lady Scorpions 11-2 in the first game on Friday at the Ricketts Park softball fields.
"Give credit to Farmington. They played a great game," PV head coach Kevin Werth said. "Those kids played great, and it was great to be a part of. Definitely glad we came out on top."
PV (16-8, 4-0 District 1-4A) got the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI single from Danielle Oritz.
FHS had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the bottom half of the ninth.
With a runner on third base and one out, Erika Bradley hit a line drive that was caught in centerfield. The runner went on contact, rather than tagging up, and was thrown out trying to get back to the base to end the game.
"I'll take the blame on that one," FHS head coach Johnny Curry said. "I was saying, 'No, no, no.' She heard, 'Go, go, go.' I should have said something else — tag, stay, wait."
FHS also had a chance to defeat No. 1 Aztec a week ago but let a 6-4 lead slip away in the seventh inning.
FHS (9-15, 0-4) opened the game with three runs in the first inning, and PV responded with three in the third inning to tie the contest.
The Lady Panthers scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take their first lead of the game, but FHS responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game again.
PV tacked on a run in the sixth inning to take a 6-5 lead.
The Lady Panthers were an out away from the victory in the seventh, but Paige Miley hit a hard ground ball that the PV second baseman was unable to field cleanly, allowing a run to score from third and force extra innings.
"These kids are fighters, and I guarantee we'll be a scary team at state," Curry said. "No one will want to play us."
PV controlled the opening game of the doubleheader after scoring two runs in the first inning and led for the rest of the contest in the 11-2 victory.
"In the first game, we just made too many mistakes, and you can't do that against a good team like that," Curry said.
The Lady Panthers put the game away after a five-run third inning.
The Lady Scorps scored a run in both the second and seventh innings in the loss.
Both teams will close out district play next Friday. PV will face Aztec with the district title on the line, while FHS will play Kirtland Central in a doubleheader. Both will be important to the team's state playoff chances.
"Those games will be the district championship," Werth said. "Everyone is chasing Aztec right now. They're No. 1 in the state, and we'll have to play lights out to beat them."