Panthers hold off Scorps for FHS Invite title
FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista baseball team spoiled Farmington's hopes of winning the Scorps' home tourney tonight, using four-run innings in the fourth and seventh to pull away for a 9-4 victory at Ricketts Park.
The game showed the how familiar the two clubs are with each other. Throughout the game, PV coach Mike McGaha and Farmington's Sean Trotter went back and forth, changing their signs every couple of innings to try to keep the other from gaining any kind of advantage.
"It's fun. That's the way it's supposed to be," McGaha said. "I felt like they did a good job putting pressure on us all night long. … I like that kind of pressure from a team coached that well. I hope everybody realizes what Farmington has over there in that coaching staff."
Trotter echoed McGaha's thoughts on the coaching challenge, saying the game within the game forced him, his staff and the players in the dugout to be mentally engaged the entire time.
PV scored in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly from Chase Silseth that scored Deylan Pigford. But the Scorps answered with a couple big hits in the bottom of the frame.
Gavin Martin found the gap for a triple, and on the next at-bat Ethan Secrest drove Martin in with an RBI double to tie the game.
The score remained knotted at 1 until the fourth. After RBIs from Nate Swarts and Sam Moody gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead, the Scorps committed errors on back-to-back at-bats, both resulting in runs for PV.
Pigford pushed in the third run of the inning, then Devin Ferrari drove in fourth. Both runs scored on two-out ground balls the Scorps couldn't convert into an out.
"We have to learn from our mistakes, and clearly we have to make the routine plays," Trotter said. "This is a young group, and we know there are going to be some growing pains, but I like the effort. For the most part, the effort was good. We just did some bad things."
Farmington cut into PV's lead in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Gavin Martin to make it 5-2.
The Panthers added to their lead in the top of the seventh. A wild pitch scored Tyler Mead from third to make it 6-2. Then a throwing error on a Swarts bunt allowed two more runs to score and Swarts reach third.
Moody drove in Swarts during the next at-bat with an RBI single, the fourth run of the inning, to push the lead to 9-2.
Farmington worked the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Scorps got one run in when Gavin Martin was hit by a pitch, then Secrest drove in another on an RBI fielder's choice.
Farmington got the bases loaded with one out, but couldn't get another hit to extend the game.
The Panthers and the Scorps will both be back at Ricketts Park for the PV Invitational beginning Thursday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Dailiy Time. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.