FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista softball team handled its first-round playoff game exactly like an eight-time defending champion.
The No. 1 Lady Panthers shut down No. 16 Moriarty 15-0 in four innings to open the 4A state tournament on Friday at the Farmington Sports Complex.
PV (18-9) got off to a slow start in the first inning, scoring just once before exploding for five runs in the second and nine runs in the fourth.
"We had to adjust to the pitching, but once we let the ball travel a little bit, then we started hitting it hard," PV head coach Kevin Werth said.
Tyra Garcia went 3-for-3 with six RBIs, and Haley Parson hit a grand slam with five RBIs during a three-hit outing.
Megan Risner allowed one hit by the Fighting Pintos (9-17) in four innings to get the win for the Lady Panthers.
PV will play St. Pius X on Thursday in Rio Rancho to begin the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
The Lady Sartans advanced with a 4-3 victory against Gallup.
"I saw them last weekend, and they're a good team that hits the ball well," Werth said. "We have to make sure we don't make mistakes, because they'll capitalize."
Bloomfield 18, Socorro 3, 3 innings
The No. 3 Lady Bobcats started slowly against No. 14 Socorro (9-16) but found their stride in the second inning to pull out a victory in the first round of the 3A state softball tournament.
Bloomfield (17-10) trailed 3-1 after the first inning before scoring 14 in the bottom of the second to seal the win on Friday in Bloomfield.
"We just had some first inning jitters," Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said. "Then we kept our heads down and hit the ball like we knew we could."
Thalia O'Neil hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Brandi Alacantar added a third blast for the Lady Bobcats in the win.
O'Neil picked up the victory after allowing three runs in three innings.
Bloomfield will face No. 6 Raton in Rio Rancho after the Lady Tigers dispatched of No. 11 Sandia Prep 14-1.
"I haven't seen them yet, but we had an assistant at their game today," Clark said of Raton.
St. Michael's 6, Shiprock 0
No. 8 Shiprock (13-13) had its season come to close with a first round loss to No. 9 St. Michael's on Friday at Shiprock.
Lady Chieftains head coach Levi Toledo said his team couldn't make the necessary adjustments at the plate to get the offense going.
"It was a lot of offspeed that we're not used to," Toldeo said.
The Lady Horsemen (14-12) broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning, and Shiprock was unable to make a comeback.
"It all came off of one error, and we didn't recover," Toledo said.