FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista baseball team ended the regular season on a high note.
The Panthers locked up the District 1-4 title with a 10-2 victory against Farmington High on Saturday at Ricketts Park.
The victory was PV's third of the season against its crosstown rival.
"I feel like we've just continued to get better," PV head coach Mike McGaha said of his team, which won its fifth straight district title Saturday. "When we started, this group was young and came into the season very inexperienced. I think you're starting to see the hard schedule and all of the bumps along the way help them handle things completely different than they did early in the year."
Coming into the game, only a 10-run victory by FHS (15-11, 4-2 District 1-4A) would give the Scorps the district title, but the Panthers (17-9, 6-0) weren't focused on run differential and wanted to go into the playoffs with a victory.
"We knew about them having to win by at least nine, but we just wanted to win the game," said starting pitcher Wyatt Weaver, who also had two RBIs in the win. "We didn't really have too many bumps in the road."
PV opened a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after an RBI single by Gunner Archuleta and a two-run double by Kody Russell.
"This kind of just puts a stamp on where we're at right now," Archuleta said of the PV batters, who totalled 15 hits in the victory.
FHS cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2 after Beamer Wick drove in a couple of runs for the Scorps in the top of the fourth inning.
"I thought we had some good at-bats and hit the ball hard," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said. "You've got to tip your hat to PV. They did a great job."
PV responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings and then put five on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning to lock up the victory.
"It was just a really, really good team effort," McGaha said.
Weaver threw a complete game for PV on the mound, allowing two runs on eight hits.
"He gives us a chance to win every time he goes out," McGaha said of Weaver. "We never imagined at the start of the year we'd have a knuckleball guy in the top two of our rotation."
Wick took the loss for FHS after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
PV and FHS will find out today where they're seeded in the 4A state playoff bracket.
The Panthers are ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps.com and No. 2 in the coaches poll, and they will likely be one of the top two seeds.
FHS is fifth in the MaxPreps rankings and sixth by the coaches and should host a first-round series, along with PV, next weekend at Ricketts Park.
Kirtland Central 5, Aztec 4
The Broncos kept their playoff hopes alive with a walkoff victory against Aztec on Saturday in Kirtland.
KCHS (11-14, 2-4) entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 4-2, but Alex Sanchez came up with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to tie the game.
The Broncos then won after a wild pitch to the next hitter allowed the winning run to come home from third base.
"That was just a clutch hit by Alex Sanchez to tie," KCHS head coach Ron Axworthy said.
It was the third time this season KCHS beat Aztec (5-18, 0-6).
"Beating Aztec three times was huge this year," Axworthy said. "That's something special, and the kids can walk off with a good feeling."
The Broncos will find out today if they make the 16-team playoff bracket.
"We're sitting around right now, trying to see where we're going to fall," Axworthy said. "I could see us being as high as No. 14, or falling out completely. We did what we needed to today. I just hope it's enough to get us in."