Panthers pounce on Jags, advance to 6A quarters
Piedra Vista will face No. 6 Centennial on Thursday
- Farmington's season came to an end in a 1-0 heartbreaker against Miyamura.
- Bloomfield and Kirtland Central were bounced from the 5A playoffs with road losses.
- A five-run inning pushed Ruidoso past Shiprock, ending the Chieftains' season.
FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista baseball team advanced out of the first round of the 6A playoffs with relative ease, cruising past Atrisco Heritage Academy 8-1 today at Ricketts Park.
The No. 3 Panthers put together a performance that greatly resembled Friday's 2-1 series-opening win over the 14th-seeded Jaguars, other than this time they found a way to produce runs.
"Well, it was identical to (Friday) other than the score," PV coach Mike McGaha said in a text message. "We made some baserunning mistakes, but we executed the short game and squared up 12 balls."
Brendon Anderson took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and finished the day giving up one walk and two hits. Atrisco's lone run was unearned.
Andrew Caliendo paced the Panthers at the plate, finishing two for three with two RBIs. Cody McGaha and Sam Moody added an RBI each in the win.
PV will meet No. 6 Centennial in the quarterfinals on Thursday at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque.
Farmington 8, Miyamura 2
Miyamura 1, Farmington 0
Farmington's season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion today.
After a tough 4-3 loss Friday, the Scorps dominated the second game of their three-game series with Miyamura for an 8-2 win, forcing a decisive game three.
In the finale, Miyamura scored its lone run in the first inning to earn a 1-0 victory and advance to the 5A quarterfinals.
Farmington coach Sean Trotter said Keaton Christy pitched well for the Scorps. He added that the team connected on several pitches, but high winds often held the ball up for routine outs for the Patriots.
Artesia 9, Kirtland Central 0
Artesia blanked Kirtland Central for the second day in a row, shutting out the Broncos 9-0 today to eliminate KC from the 5A playoffs.
"(We) just struggled to put the ball in play, but overall I'm proud of the kids," KC coach Danny Secrest said in a text message. "We will continue to get better."
KC finished the season 15-12 overall in its first year in 5A.
Alamogordo 11, Bloomfield 1
Bloomfield couldn't match up with the No. 1 seed in the 5A tournament, losing 11-1 to Alamogordo today in Alamogordo and seeing its season come to an end.
Eight Tigers recorded hits against Bloomfield, piling up 10 hits on the day.
Riudoso 5, Shiprock 2
Ruidoso used one big inning to end Shiprock's season with a 5-2 victory today in Ruidoso.
Shiprock took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Warriors scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the frame, then held the Chieftains in check the rest of the way.
Shiprock finished the season 15-12 overall and won the District 1-4A title.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.