FARMINGTON — After winning the 4A state championship, the postseason accolades rolled in for the Piedra Vista baseball team.
Matt Martin was named the Player of the Year by the 4A coaches and was one of nine Panthers to earn All-State honors.
"It's awesome to receive this award, and it means a lot that the coaches nominated me," Martin said via Twitter. "It was a great way to end my high school career with a state championship and Player of the Year award."
Martin was also first-team All-State for his play at shortstop during the season for PV.
He was joined on the first team by Philip Archuleta (second base), Gunner Archuleta (third base/pitcher), Wyatt Weaver (pitcher), Kody Russell (outfield) and Logan Klunder (utility).
Zach Ahlgrim (catcher), Tyler Archuleta (outfield) and Tanner Goodwin (designated hitter) were placed on the second team.
PV head coach Mike McGaha said that he was proud of all his players and that it was an amazing accomplishment to have No. 1 through 9 in the Panthers' regular batting order get recognized.
"It's validation. Everybody bought in, and the kids know we're doing certain things for certain reasons," said McGaha, who was named the Coach of the Year. "It all pays off in the long run."
Six of the nine All-State players will return next season for PV, with only Martin, Russell and Goodwin graduating.
McGaha said it will be good to have so many of the players back. But, he cautioned, the team will have to continue working hard and can't rely on the past season's results to carry them through next year.
"When you have a nucleus like that coming back, it's a double-edged sword," he said. "It looks like you're a shoe-in to win it again. We have to put in the work to get back there."
Farmington High had three players named to the first-team All-State.
Seniors Lance Lee (designated hitter), Beamer Wick (first base) and Ethan Spellbring (outfield) made the roster after helping the Scorpions make a run to the semifinals this season.
"I'm proud the coaches recognized those kids," FHS head coach Sean Trotter said.
Trotter said all three players will play in tournaments throughout the summer and try to get a college offer.
"Hopefully, they'll catch someone's eye," he said. "All three of them can play college ball somewhere."
Aztec's Dalton Watson was an honorable mention for the utility spot.
In 3A, six Bloomfield players made the All-State teams.
Brandon Detrick (second base) and Eli Journey (pitcher) were placed on the second team, while Kyle Thompson (pitcher), Damian Duran (outfield), Austin Lucero (outfield) and Donnie Trujillo (outfield) received honorable mention spots.
In total, 19 players from San Juan County were awarded All-State recognition.
"Four Corners baseball is second to none," McGaha said.