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Aztec s Taylor Santistevan (10) crosses home plate during the third inning of Saturday s game against Valencia High School.
Piedra Vista came close to a tournament title, but fell short in the final of the Southern New Mexico Invitational.
After defating the top-ranked 5A school, Carlsbad, 4-0 in the semifinals, the Lady Panthers dropped the tourney championship game to 5A No. 2 Las Cruces 1-0 in eight innings on Saturday in Las Cruces.
Despite the loss in the final, PV head coach Kevin Werth was happy with the way his team performed throughout the tournament as the Lady Panthers picked up four wins against some on the best teams in New Mexico.
"Our pitching and defense was spot on. I couldn't be more pleased," Werth said. "Carlsbad and Las Cruces are No. 1 and 2 in 5A for a reason, but our kids took care of business for the most part."
Las Cruces scored the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly.
Krissy Fortner tossed seven and two-third innings and allowed three hits while striking out six.
On Thursday, PV defeated Las Cruces 8-2 before tournament play began Friday.
Fortner and shortstop Susie Chandler were named to the all-tournament team for the Lady Panthers.
PV will host Gallup next weekend.
"Just another tough oppenent, but we don't have a lot of home games, so we got to make the most of it," Werth said.

Aztec 9, Valencia 1
The Lady Tigers responded to last week's sweep at the hands of Valencia by defeating the Jaguars in Aztec's tournament final.
"I think we got back on track," said Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan.

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"The girls rededicated themselves. I think they took the losses the right way."
Taylor Santistevan hit two doubles and recorded five RBIs in the Lady Tigers' win.
Hailey Morris went 3-for-3 at the plate, scoring three runs for Aztec, while Alix Johnson went 2-for-3.
Angela Minjarez picked up the win after giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out three in a complete game victory.
"She probably had her 'B' game, but we played well behind her," Jose Santistevan said.
The Lady Tigers will be in action next at Farmington's tournament next weekend.
"We just have to keep them focused," Jose Santistevan said. "Winning your own tournament is fun, but we have to come back and play next week."

Bloomfield 17,
Hope Christian 0
Bloomfield 10, Raton 0

The Lady Bobcats picked up a pair of dominant victories over 3A competition to finish in third place at the Bloomfield Invite on Saturday.
"We brought in teams who were going to be tough," said Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark. "Hope was a good 3A team. Winslow and Blanding were good in their divisions. Overall, we played ball. We backed each other up."
Winslow, Ariz. defeated Blanding, Utah 8-4 to win the tournament title.
Other scores: Farmington 17, St. Michael's 5