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FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista baseball team picked up a big win in its second game of the Coach Bob Invitational, blowing past Conifer, Colo., 5-1 today in Phoenix, despite not having its best performance.

“We did not make a good adjustment with a soft left-handed pitcher, and we failed in the short game,” PV head coach Mike McGaha said. “But we competed very well on the mound and defensively. It wasn’t our best game, but we found a way to win. I’m proud of these kids.”

McGaha added that the Panthers are meshing as a team.

Fabian Magallanes moved to 3-1 on the season, pitching seven complete innings. He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six batters.

The Panthers committed just one error in the game.

Offensively, Andrew Caliendo recorded an RBI double, and Logan Klunder and Brandon Gardenhire both added RBI singles.

PV will play twice Thursday, facing Littleton, Colo.’s Heritage in the morning then Phoenix’s Pinnacle in the afternoon.

West Albany, Ore., 7, Farmington 6

Uncharacteristic errors cost Farmington dearly in a 7-6 loss to Oregon’s West Albany in the Scorps’ opening game of the Coach Bob Invitational this afternoon in Phoenix.

The Scorps committed six errors, all in the infield, during the first two innings to fall behind 6-0.

“We gave up six runs in the first two innings just because we couldn’t play catch,” Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said. “I don’t think there were plays that were exceptionally difficult. They were plays that our guys have been making pretty routinely. Those first two innings, if there was a play to be made, we weren’t making it.”

Farmington battled back from the early deficit to tie the game at 6 after the top of the seventh inning. But in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, West Albany hit a slow roller to shortstop, and the Scorps couldn’t turn the double play fast to prevent a run from scoring to end the game.

The six early errors led to a high pitch count for starter Dominic Martinez, who was pulled after the second inning. Bryce Washburn came in to relieve Martinez, and Trotter said the senior pitched a gem the rest of the way.

Dominic Hines finished the day with two hits and three runs batted in.

Farmington will play Arcadia, Ariz., Thursday evening.

Aztec 11, Socorro 1

Aztec 18, Socorro 5

Aztec kept rolling through the early part of the season with 11-1 and 18-5 wins over Socorro today in Socorro.

Aztec head coach Wes Leplatt said it was the worst sand storm he had been in, but the Tigers used the wind to their advantage to post double-digit run totals in both games.

“The wind was going to right-center, so we really sent the ball there,” Laplatt said. “We worked on staying back and hitting the curveball and fastball to right field. We had two or three triples and a home run, all to right field.”

Brendan Whalen recorded the home run, and Laplatt said the Tigers got offensive production from up and down the lineup in both games.

Derek Jung picked up the win in the first game, holding Socorro to three hits while throwing numerous ground balls to keep the ball out of the wind for easy outs.

Garrett Ray was sent to the mound in the second game, also allowing just three hits, but Laplatt said the Tigers made more mistakes behind Ray that led to Socorro runs.

Both pitchers went all five innings.

Aztec will play a doubleheader at Belen Thursday. Laplatt said he wants the Tigers to carry the momentum from the wins over Socorro into Thursday and to continue to play clean defensive baseball.

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

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