Piedra Vista shortstop Matt Martin dives for the ball, allowing Aztec base runner Brody Crawford to get safely to second base on Saturday in the second
Piedra Vista shortstop Matt Martin dives for the ball, allowing Aztec base runner Brody Crawford to get safely to second base on Saturday in the second inning of a game at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Megan Farmer — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista has emerged as the team to beat in District 1-4A baseball.

The Panthers continued their roll through their local rivals with a 16-6 victory against Aztec on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

PV (15-9, 4-0 District 1-4A) scored six times in the bottom of the sixth inning to win by run-rule.

Zach Ahlgrim hit a home run to left field in the inning, and a single by Philip Archuleta locked up the victory.

Despite the 16-run outburst, PV head coach Mike McGaha is looking for improvement out of his hitters.

"We were not disciplined at the line plate," McGaha said. "We had base running mistakes all day long. We're not happy with that."

Piedra Vista pitcher Phillip Archuleta throws a pitch on Saturday in the second inning against Aztec High at Ricketts Park in Farmington.
Piedra Vista pitcher Phillip Archuleta throws a pitch on Saturday in the second inning against Aztec High at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Megan Farmer — The Daily Times)

The Panthers have won their four district games in blowout fashion, with the closest being an 11-2 win against Farmington on Tuesday. PV has outscored their opponents 56-9 in the four victories.

Aztec (5-17, 0-4) opened the game with a two-run home run from Dalton Watson in the top of the first inning, but the Panthers responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to gain a lead they would never relinquish.

PV added four more in the third inning to go up 8-2.

Archuleta started the game for PV and threw five innings in the victory.

Watson took the loss for Aztec after allowing eight runs in two and one-third innings.

"I want to see these kids end on a good note," Aztec head coach Brett Alexander said.

Farmington 10, Kirtland Central 5

Both teams struggled with the wind in Kirtland, but the Scorpions managed to escape with the victory.

"It was just one of those days where the wind was blowing 900 miles per hour. We're happy to come out with the win," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said.

KCHS (10-13, 1-3) walked 18 Scorpions hitters in the loss, but FHS (13-10, 3-1) had a hard time taking advantage, leaving 15 runners on base.

The Aztec baseball team looks up at a pop fly hit by a teammate on Saturday in the second inning of a game against Piedra Vista at Ricketts Park in
The Aztec baseball team looks up at a pop fly hit by a teammate on Saturday in the second inning of a game against Piedra Vista at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Megan Farmer — The Daily Times)

"It was difficult to get into any kind of rhythm," Trotter said.

Broncos head coach Ron Axworthy said his team couldn't overcome allowing the Scorpions that many free base runners.

"We just couldn't find the strike zone," Axworthy said. "Other than the walks, we played really well. We just literally couldn't throw a strike today."

Ethan Spellbring, Easton Haskill and Bryce Washburn each had two hits in the win.

Alik Abbott started for FHS on the mound, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits in four innings to get the win.

Alex Sanchez took the loss for KCHS.

The Broncos hung around for most of the game, but a three-run sixth inning by FHS sealed the win for the Scorps.

District play continues on Tuesday with Farmington at Aztec and PV hosting KCHS.

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.