FARMINGTON — After wrapping up the district title on Saturday, the Piedra Vista baseball team was rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the 4A state playoff bracket on Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association.
The Panthers (17-9) will open the tournament with No. 16 Grants (16-9) on Friday in best two-of-three series at Ricketts Park.
PV head coach Mike McGaha said it came down to three clubs for the top spot with No. 2 Goddard and No. 3 St. Pius X also being in the running to the No. 1 seed.
"I think you could have made a case for any of the three teams," McGaha said.
Piedra Vista hasn't faced their first round opponent Grants this season and McGaha said he wasn't too familiar with the Pirates.
"Anytime you've won 16 games, I got to believe they had someone who could go out there and throw strikes," he said. "Obviously, we'll round up what we can and try to figure out what they do."
Farmington High (15-11) received No. 6 seed and will host a familiar opponent in No. 11 Miyamura (9-12).
The Scorpions faced the Patriots on March 21 at the Piedra Vista Invite, winning the game 6-3.
FHS head coach Sean Trotter said he knows that Miyamura poses a challenge to his squad.
"They're pretty talented. We just have to sure up the mistakes we've been making," Trotter said. "I think we'll be confident."
In the 3A bracket, Bloomfield (15-10) was seeded No. 7 and will host No. 10 Robertson (14-11) on Friday.
Bobcats' head coach Frank DeHoyos said it will be nice for his team to host the first-round series after opening on the road last year.
"It's good for the community and seniors," he said.
Bloomfield didn't play Robertson during the season, but DeHoyos mentioned he is familiar with the Cardinals.
"I've seen them a little, and they swing it well," he said. "We're going to have our hands full."
Shiprock (20-4) was seeded No. 9 after finishing behind Bloomfield in District 1-3A play.
The Chieftains will open on the road against No. 8 Portales (14-12).
In 2A, Navajo Prep was seeded No. 16 after winning the District 1-2A championship.
The Eagles (12-14) will travel to No. 1 Texico (23-1).