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Panthers drop 4-3 heartbreaker in ninth inning

Navajo Prep ends losing streak with doubleheader sweep

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com
  • Shiprock baseball crushed Gallup 23-0.
  • Navajo Prep snapped its four-game losing streak with sweep of Tohatchi.
  • Piedra Vista softball used a big early lead to top Volcano Vista 11-5.

FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista baseball team let one slip away, falling 4-3 to Volcano Vista in nine innings today at Ricketts Park.

Piedra Vista's Nate Swars rounds third base against Volcano Vista on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

The Panthers held a 2-1 lead going into the sixth inning when VV’s Dillon Rodriguez doubled to center field, driving in two runs.

PV tied it up in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single from Elijah Gamboa, his second RBI of the day, to send the game to extra innings.

The Panthers and Hawks stayed knotted at 3 until the top of the ninth when Rodriguez came up with a double off the wall in left field and came around to score on the next at-bat, thanks to a Luke Baca triple, which would prove to be the winning RBI.

The loss dropped PV to 1-2 in District 1-6A.

Shiprock 23, Gallup 0

Shiprock blew past Gallup with little resistance from the Bengals, cruising to a 23-0 victory today at Shiprock High School.

The Chieftains will get one more nondistrict test on Tuesday, traveling to Dove Creek, Colo., to take on the winless Bulldogs before opening District 1-4A play on Thursday with a doubleheader against Navajo Prep.

Piedra Vista's Devin Ferrari connects on a pitch against Volcano Vista on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

Navajo Prep 5, Tohatchi 1

Navajo Prep 22, Tohatchi 0

Navajo Prep carried a four-game losing streak into today's doubleheader against Tohatchi but smashed the Cougars 5-1 and 22-0 at the Farmington Sports Complex.

After starting the season 2-9, the dominant wins over Tohatchi could be a confidence boost for the Eagles as they get ready for their District 1-4A opener on Thursday, a doubleheader on the road against Shiprock.

Softball

Piedra Vista 11, Volcano Vista 5

The Lady Panthers moved to 2-0 in District 1-6A with a dominant performance against Volcano Vista, smashing the Lady Hawks 11-5 today in Albuquerque.

PV took control right away, scoring four runs in the first inning, then adding three more in the second.

Cheyanne Stark and Ashlee Lucero cleaned up at the plate for the Lady Panthers. Stark finished the day three for five with two RBIs, and Lucero went two for four with three RBIs.

Ananda Delegarito pitched six innings for PV, giving up four hits and one earned run on the way to the win.

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