FARMINGTON — Farmington and Piedra Vista got their postseasons off to solid starts with Game 1 victories in the first round.
No. 6 FHS defeated No. 11 Miyamura 2-0, and No. 1 PV smashed No. 16 Grants 10-0 to take 1-0 series leads in the 4A playoffs on Friday at Ricketts Park.
Easton Haskill starred for the Scorpions (16-11) on the mound, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing just two hits in the victory.
"Today, I was just going out there, trying not to overthrow," Haskill said. "Every inning, I just wanted to get three up, three down and let my team hit."
Head coach Sean Trotter said Haskill did well locating pitches and changing speeds to keep the Patriot hitters off balance.
"That's what he's capable of doing — throwing strikes, changing speeds," Trotter said. "Even some of the pitches he missed were in good locations. I'm just proud of his effort."
As good as Haskill was, Miyamura starter Victor Madrid was every bit his equal as he stymied the Scorps offense until the sixth inning.
FHS finally broke through when Ethan Spellbring laced a singled to left field, scoring Chris Moore to give the Scorps a 1-0 lead.
"Ethan has been like that all year — Mr. Clutch," Haskill said. "Once we got one run up, I knew I could settle in and finish it."
Haskill hit a sacrifice fly later in the sixth to bring home Lance Lee and give FHS an insurance run.
Miyamura (9-13) got a runner to first base with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Patriots were never able to solve Haskill as he completed the shutout.
PV had an easier time with its first game against Grants, picking up the run-rule victory in the sixth inning.
The Panthers (18-9) entered the inning with a 4-0 lead and then scored six times in the sixth to win the game by run-rule.
Matt Martin highlighted the rally with a two-run double.
"It's nice to get the first one out of the way," Martin said.
The Panther hitters struggled early in the contest, but found a way to score three runs in the second inning to get a cushion.
"We're just trying to find a way to win one game at a time right now," PV head coach Mike McGaha said. "It wasn't pretty, and we didn't make the adjustments early in the game."
That was all the run support Gunner Archuleta needed.
Archuleta shut down the Pirates on the mound, allowing just two hits in six scoreless innings.
"He pounded the zone with the fastball, and, as usually, was competitive out there," McGaha said.
Wyatt Weaver, who will start Game 2 on the mound for PV, went 3-for-3 at the plate with a double.
FHS and PV will each continue their first round series today.
The Scorps will play Miyamura at 10 a.m., and PV will face Grants at 1 p.m.
Game 3 in the two series will be played after Game 2 of the PV and Grants series, if it is necessary.