Lady Panthers overcome big early deficit to win

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FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista softball team overcame a rough start and a 5-1 deficit, rallying back to topple crosstown rival Farmington 13-5 in extra innings tonight at the Ricketts Park softball fields.

PV's slow start was the result of a few factors, but was mostly the result of a great start from the Lady Scorps.

Farmington got to PV starting pitcher Ashlee Lucero right away, scoring three runs in the first inning.

"I loved that we came out swinging it. We've been off and on (at the plate), and I felt like we did a great job with our approach," Farmington coach Tim Trotter said. "I was really, really happy in the way we came out. We needed to come out early and put them on their heels."

After PV scored on a solo home run from Natalie Martin — who finished the night five for five with three doubles and a single to go with her homer — in the top of the second, Farmington added a two more runs to push the lead to 5-1.

But in the second, PV brought Ananda Delegarito in relief, and the junior shut the Lady Scorps down the rest of the way.

"Ananda is a competitor, and she's the most experienced arm we have in the circle," PV coach Kevin Werth said. "We're trying to get other arms in there to help us out and Ashlee didn't do bad, but Ananda, what a great performance from her. I think she only gave up three hits the rest of the way. She did a great job."

PV chipped away at Farmington's lead, getting a two-run homer from Sarah Messier in the third. Then scored two more in the sixth with an RBI from Reagan Franks and the other run scoring on a Farmington error to tie the game.

After the seventh inning ended with the score still knotted at 5, the Lady Panthers exploded in the top of the eighth for eight runs, seven of which came with two outs.

The eighth-inning rally was highlighted by a three-run home run from Darielle Penn.

"We talk a lot about being resilient, and we've shown it. Over the course of the season we've been down in several of the games we've won and we've proven we can come back to win," Werth said. "Tonight, we slowed the game down, and it took us a while, but we were able to barrel some balls up in the eighth."

The two rivals will face each other again this season with PV hosting the game at the Farmington Sports Complex on May 2.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648. 

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