Aztec batter McKinzie Reid (29) swings at the ball on Saturday during the first round of state playoffs against Roswell at the Aztec Tigers Sports Complex.
Aztec batter McKinzie Reid (29) swings at the ball on Saturday during the first round of state playoffs against Roswell at the Aztec Tigers Sports Complex. (Megan Farmer — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — The No. 2 Aztec softball team had no trouble in its first-round matchup.

The Lady Tigers used a six-run first inning to pull away from No. 15 Roswell in a 15-1 win on Saturday at the Aztec Tigers Sports Complex.

"It was nice to come out like that," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said. "We had the girls ready after a great week of practice."

Kylie Brown hit a home run for Aztec in the victory.

Angela Minjarez allowed three hits in five innings to pick up the win.

Aztec will begin the double elimination portion of the tournament with No. 7 Bernalillo on Thursday in Rio Rancho.

"We have no reason to doubt that we can't keep it going," Santistevan said. "If you can split with PV, you can win a state title."

Aztec senior Angela Minjarez (44) throws a pitch on Saturday during the first round of state playoffs against Roswell at the Aztec Tigers Sports Complex.
Aztec senior Angela Minjarez (44) throws a pitch on Saturday during the first round of state playoffs against Roswell at the Aztec Tigers Sports Complex. (Megan Farmer — The Daily Times)

Bernalillo advanced past No. 10 Farmington High with a 2-1 victory in Bernalillo.

The Lady Scorps opened the scoring with a run in the third inning after Erika Bradley hit a double and scored on an error.

The Lady Spartans scored one run in the fifth inning and one in the sixth to take the lead.

FHS could muster only Bradley's double on offense as the rest of the Lady Scorps were held hitless.

"Their pitcher threw the game of her life against us," FHS head coach Johnny Curry said.

Jordan Curry took the loss after allowing three hits in seven innings.

Johnny Curry said only one of the hits allowed was hit hard, while the other two were looped just beyond the third baseman.

Curry is looking forward to bringing most of his team back next season and believes the Lady Scorps will be able to make a run in the state tournament.

"The core of the team is all coming back," he said. "We're already excited about our potential for next year."

In other 4A action, No. 14 Kirtland Central had its season come to an end at the hands of No. 3 Centennial with a 10-0 loss in Las Cruces.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.