FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista and Aztec were the top two teams in 4A throughout the season and the New Mexico Activities Association seeded them accordingly on Sunday.
The Lady Panthers were placed at the top of the bracket, while the Lady Tigers were awarded No. 2 seed for the 4A state softball playoffs.
PV will open with No. 16 Albuquerque Academy and Aztec faces No. 15 Roswell in the first round which is scheduled to take place on Friday or Saturday.
"It's going to be a battle the next couple of weeks," PV head coach Kevin Werth said.
Both Roswell (9-17) and Academy (10-14) enter the tournament with records well under .500, but both the Lady Panthers (17-9) and Aztec (22-4) know that one bad game could end their tournament dreams early. So they have their sole focus on their first round opponents.
"Anytime you go into that first round game, you have to stress mental focus," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said. "Strange things can happen. We can't afford to be complacent."
Farmington (11-15) was seeded No. 10 and will travel to No. 7 Bernalillo (20-4) in the first round.
FHS head coach Johnny Curry said he's isn't too concerned about opening on the road in the first round.
Last year, FHS entered the playoffs at No. 11 and beat No. 6 Valencia in the first round to advance.
With many of those players returning this season, Curry expects his teams experience to play a factor in the first round.
"I feel like we're going in playing well," Curry said.
Kirtland Central (11-15) will also made the playoffs as the No. 14 seed, facing No. 3 Centennial (21-5).
Having all four District 1-4A teams in the postseason came as no surprise to the coaches and expect good results from all the teams.
"Everybody knows that this area produces good softball," Werth said. "Everybody has a chance to advance."
In 3A, Bloomfield and Shiprock earned the right to host first round matchups.
The Lady Bobcats (16-10) are the No. 3 seed in the bracket and will take on No. 14 Socorro (9-15).
"We've just have got to be sound defensively," Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said.
The Lady Chieftains (13-12) were seeded No. 8 and will play No. 9 St. Michael's (13-12).
Navajo Prep will find out their postseason seeding in the 2A/A bracket next week.
The Lady Eagles will play Rehoboth for the District 1-2A title on Thursday.