Panthers, Scorpions pick up wins in Phoenix

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista baseball team wrapped up its time at the Coach Bob Invitational with a 10-7 win over Bend, Ore., Friday morning in Phoenix.

The win against Bend left the Panthers with a 2-3 records in the tournament.

“After the very tough week, I am very proud of the grit we showed,” PV head coach Mike McGaha said.

Against Bend, Grant Bessey came on in relief of starter Colton Foster, pitching four innings to allow one run on four hits and one walk.

Kyle Dewees led the Panthers at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two runs batted in and scored three runs. Brandon Gardenhire added two hits, an RBI, three stolen bases and two runs.

Logan Klunder came through with two key at-bats, hitting a sac fly to tie the game at 4, then pounded a ball to Bend’s third baseman that could not be handled and scored a run to put PV ahead 8-7.

PV will be off until Friday when the Panthers host Carlsbad.

Liberty, Ariz., 13, Farmington 1

Farmington 14, Willow Canyon, Ariz., 2

After playing one of its worst games of the season, losing 13-1 to Peoria, Ariz.’s, Liberty, Farmington bounced back and crushed Arizona’s Willow Canyon 14-2 at the Coach Bob Invitational Friday night in Phoenix.

Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said following the first game, in which the Scorps committed eight errors and recorded one hit, the team had a little more than an hour to get ready for the Willow Canyon game.

“We had a little visit after the first game to talk about some things,” Trotter said. “I told them after game one that it was the first time this year that I had been disappointed in them, not because of their physical performance, but mentally, I thought we absolutely crumbled. It was the only time that I’ve felt that way.”

Against Willow Canyon, Keaton Christy pitched a complete game and surrendered one earned run on five hits and one walk while striking out four.

The Scorps’ bats, which have been their biggest issue this season, came alive against Willow Creek as well, with seven of the nine players recording a hit.

“I couldn’t tell you what the difference was tonight than from any other game at the plate,” Trotter said. “The kids (Willow Creek) ran out there against us tonight were as good as any pitchers we’ve faced. If I knew what the difference was between our ears offensively, I could bottle it and be a rich man because it was outstanding.”

The Scorps had 13 hits in the game. Bryce Washburn finished the game 3 for 4 with a triple and three runs batted in. Dominic Hines went 3 for 5, and Ethan Secrest finished 1 for 3 and drove in three runs. Farmington also stole eight bases in the game.

The Scorpions will play their final game at the Coach Bob Invitational against Deer Valley, Ariz., today.

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