Farmington High fell to Belen 4-2 in the opening round of the Artesia Invite on Thursday.
Austin Davis took the loss on the mound for the Scorpions (1-2), going five innings and allowing four runs — three earned.
"Davis wasn't as crisp as he is capable of, but we needed to pick up the slack with our offense and just didn't get it done," said Farmington High head coach Sean Trotter.
The Scorps had just four hits in the game. Colby Nelson was 2-4 with two RBIs.
"Belen threw a little lefty (CJ Newey) who kept us out front the whole game. We hit only three balls hard all day,” Trotter said.
The Scorps are back in action in Artesia today.

St. Michael’s 18, Aztec 5

Aztec held a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning against UNM commit Matt Smallwood of St. Michael's on Thursday, but then things fell apart for the Tigers.
The Horsemen scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead before eventually beating Aztec (1-1) 18-5 in the first round of the Cobre Tournament.
"We just had too many errors and walks combined with St. Mike's timely hitting," said Aztec assistant coach Brett Alexander.
Tanner Moore was 3-3 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs in the game for Aztec. Randy LePlatt went 1-3  with a double and a run scored and an RBI.
Tanner started the game on the mound and had four strikeouts while giving up five earned runs in four innings of work.
"We had five errors on the day and nine walks, so that combined for a disaster," Alexander said.
The Tigers chased Smallwood off the mound in the fourth inning.
Aztec will play again today at 11:30 a.m. against Duncan, Ariz.

SOFTBALL
North High (Calif.) 9, Farmington 1

The Lady Scorpions played timid in the opening round of the Mohave Tournament in Bullhead, Ariz., according to head coach Johnny Curry.
Farmington High (0-1) fell to North High School out of Torrance, Calif., on Thursday 9-1.
"We came out real timid. We really did. Maybe it was the first game of the season jitters," Curry said. "It was a heck of a game to open the season with. We struggled a little in the field and at the plate. It wasn't that Torrance was all world, we were just timid."
Cheyenne Cochran led the Lady Scorps offensively, going 1-3 on the day.
Jordan Curry went the distance in the circle for the Lady Scorps in the loss.
Farmington is back in action at 7:30 a.m. today with a game against Fountain Valley, Calif.
"I really expect our girls will come out a lot stronger and with some fire," Johnny Curry said. "This game wasn't how we play or who we are. It won't define who we are. I am fairly certain we will come out and play like we know how."