RIO RANCHO — When a team scores 24 runs in two games, it would make sense that at least one of those games would be a win. Unfortunately for Piedra Vista, putting up 14 runs against Rio Rancho and 10 against Farmington wasn't enough as the Panthers season came to and end Thursday.
In the 5A quarterfinals morning game, it was a war of attrition between No. 1 Rio Rancho and No. 9 Piedra Vista. The seven-inning game took three hours and ended with the Lady Rams pulling a 15-14 victory.
"Our Achilles heel all season is we just couldn't get it done defensively," Panthers coach Kevin Werth said. "We play clean defense, we're probably winning both games. That's the only negative. There are so many positives for us to just get here."
Werth said he was proud of his team for competing in the highest classification with his school having a population of about 1,300 students, about half of what the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho schools have according to his estimation.
Werth was especially impressed with his team going toe-to-toe with Rio Rancho after the Lady Rams 15-run ruled the Lady Panthers twice this season.
"To come out and take them all the way to the end, I was worried we'd be out of gas, he said. "You may have seen it a little bit in that second game. But other than that, our kids did a great job. I'm so proud of how they just fought."
Piedra Vista ends its season with an 18-11 record.