FARMINGTON >> The Aztec softball team struggled in Kirtland but found a way to come out with a pair of wins.

The Lady Tigers took both games of a doubleheader against Kirtland Central, winning the opener 6-3 and the second game 11-1 on Saturday.

"We were able to grind it out and get it done," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said.

KCHS (11-11, 0-4 District 1-4A) opened up a 3-0 lead in the first game after five innings, but Aztec (21-3, 4-0) was able to come back from the deficit thanks to home runs from Hailey Morris and Taylor Santistevan.

In the second game, the Aztec offense had a difficult time generating runs until the top of the seventh inning, when the Lady Tigers scored eight times to secure the win.

"Both their young pitchers just seemed to mess with us," Santistevan said. "We were way out in front and popping it up, and they were making some great plays."

Angela Minjarez started both games for Aztec, earning the two victories in the circle.

"She didn't have her best stuff, but was able to finish it off," Santistevan said.

Both team will wrap up the district schedule on Friday.

Aztec will play Piedra Vista for the district title, and KCHS will face Farmington High.

"That's what we've been looking forward to all year," Santistevan said of the matchup with PV. "We talked about not letting the game get bigger than it is. We're all excited."

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.