Led by Jacy Cave's solid pitching on the mound, the Panthers (7-1) defeated the Patriots 10-0 in the opening round of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
Cave had seven strikeouts in five innings of work, recording six in the first three frames. He allowed only two hits.
"That was one of our two positives today I felt like," said PV head coach Mike McGaha. "Jacy had another good outing. His pitch count was up from 50 last week to the low 60s this time."
The other bright spot for McGaha in the win was the production of left fielder Ryan Peacott, who had an RBI-triple and scored two runs in the game.
"It provided a spark at the plate in the middle of the order," McGaha said.
The Panthers won the game in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring six runs to take a mercy-rule win.
With the bases loaded in a 9-0 game, Cave was hit by a pitch to drive in the winning run.
Zach Ahlgrim was 2-for-2 in the game with a walk, 2 RBIs and two runs scored.
Dillan Vigil also had an RBI-single in the game.
Zach Shank pitched a solid four innings for the Patriots before being relieved without recording an out in the fifth.
He struck out seven Panther hitters but allowed seven hits and was charged with six runs.
"He was a good arm for us to see. His curveball was really good and his command was good.
He located and competed well and kept us off balance early in the game," McGaha said. "The problem for us is just the approach right now. It is not necessarily striking out as much as it is a lack of focus for us. Not a lack of ability, a lack of focus."
Piedra Vista will face Durango today in the second round of the six-team tournament.
"Coach (Rob) Coddington always does a great job no matter what he has returning. I know he will have his guys ready," McGaha said.
Farmington 4, Bayfield, Colo., 3
The Scorpions were able to earn a walk-off win in the opening round of the Piedra Vista tournament.
Farmington faced one of the best pitchers in the Four Corners when Clay Miller took the mound for Bayfield, Colo., on Thursday at the Farmington Sports Complex.
Miller struck out 13 Scorpion hitters in five innings of work, exiting the game with a 2-1 lead.
But Farmington never gave in, fighting back to a 3-3 tie going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Farmington’s Brandon Padilla drove in Tyler Stock with a base hit, giving the Scorpions a 4-3 win.
“Clay Miller is the real deal. He was pretty dang good,” said Farmington High head coach Sean Trotter. “It was good for us to come back. It was good to see that. You hope to be more successful, but with a kid in the upper 80s all day long with a couple of good pitches and you aren’t going to bang out a bunch of hits against that guy very often.”
The Scorpions scored first when Elias Blackwater hit a double that scored Colby Nelson.
After that, Farmington managed just two infield singles on Miller before he was relieved.
Matt Huffhines started the game for the Scorpions and lasted five and two-third innings in a no decision. He allowed two runs and walked only one while striking out six Bayfield hitters.
“Huffhines had a pretty dang good day on the bump,” Trotter said. “Overall, it was one of those games where there wasn’t much happening offensively but we played well and did things right. We pitched to contact and played pretty good defense.”
Lance Lee earned the win for Farmington after recording two outs in the top of the seventh in relief of Easton Haskill.
Trotter credited Austin Davis for making a catch on a ball in center field off the bat of Miller.
“That could’ve blown the game open for them a bit if it hit’s the ground,” Trotter said. “He did a tremendous job tracking it down.”
The Scorpions will face Fruita at Ricketts Park at 2:30 p.m. in the second round of the six-team tournament.
“Fruita is always a good club. They come in every year with athletes and quality coaching,” Trotter said. “I honestly don’t know what they will have, but I know they are a good club.”
Aztec 10, Taos 6
Aztec hit the ball all over the park early against Taos but cooled down late as Taos climbed back into the game.
Aztec defeated Taos 10-6 behind big days at the plate from Tanner Moore and Dalton Watson.
Moore was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, a home run and two triples. He now has three homers, four triples and eight doubles this year while batting over .600.
“It is nice right now. Moore is placing the ball all over the place,” said Aztec assistant coach Brett Alexander. “We are getting a lot of production out of him in the three-hole. We aren’t even clicking as a lineup at the plate. When we get everyone going, we are going to be pretty good.”
Watson was also 3-for-4 in the game with a double and 2 RBIs.
Noah Frohn started the game for Aztec and took the win after going four innings.
Watson pitched two more innings and Dylan Stinson finished the game in the seventh.
Alexander was pleased with the win but knows his team could have finished stronger.
“We were sharp for about four innings and then we went to sleep,” he said. “We had eight runs on seven hits through three innings and then we got too complacent.”
Aztec will face Espanola Valley today at 4:30 p.m. after Espanola defeated West Las Vegas 4-3 in eight innings on Thursday.
Also in Aztec on Thursday was Kirtland Central. The Broncos fell to Moriarty 10-0 and will play Aztec’s junior varsity at 11:30 a.m. today.
St. Michael's Tournament
Bloomfield 7, Bernalillo 1
Bloomfield won its opening game of the St. Michael's Tournament on Thursday in Santa Fe.
The Bobcats (4-2) defeated Bernalillo 7-1 behind 5 RBIs from Tyler Barker, who went 3-for-3 in the game.
"It was a pretty good day for us. We had six hits overall, and the boys are playing well and getting after it," said Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos.
Luke Dugan earned the win on the mound for Bloomfield. He pitched six innings and struck out five while surrendering four hits.
Kyle Thompson closed out the game and struck out the side in the seventh.