FARMINGTON – The Farmington baseball team battled and battled to hold off a Miyamura team that wouldn’t go away Saturday at Ricketts Park.
The Scorps built a 6-0 lead after three innings, but the Patriots chipped away at the lead during the next three innings before Farmington came away with a 9-7 victory.
“That’s a good club over there. They’re athletic, they put the ball in play and they fight,” Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said of the Patriots. “We knew and we stressed that we don’t have the luxury of taking anyone lightly. We knew it was going to be a fight, and fortunately, we were able to capitalize on a few things and get some big hits when we needed to. I’m proud of the effort all the way around.”
Bryce Washburn led the first inning off with a double, then came around to score when Keaton Christy singled to left field and the ball rolled under the glove of the Miyamura left fielder.
Christy later scored on a sacrifice fly from Ethan Secrest. The Scorps added one more run in the inning with an RBI single from Gavin Martin.
Farmington got three more runs in the third inning, taking advantage of two wild pitches from the Patriots to score two of the runs. The other run of the inning came on an RBI from Lane Hagstrom.
Through the first three innings, Washburn, who started on the mound for Farmington, gave up no hits. He allowed just one baserunner on a walk, but quickly picked him off at first base to eliminate the threat.
“Bryce Washburn did a heck of a job on the mound. He pitched to contact, and if we made a couple of plays behind him, he probably pitches a complete game,” Trotter said.
The Patriots (10-10, 1-5 District 1-5A) scored twice in the fourth and twice in the fifth, getting an RBI in each of the innings from Anthony Montoya. Both of Miyamura’s runs in the fifth came with two outs.
The Scorps (9-14, 3-2) answered with a two-out rally of their own in the bottom of the fifth, getting an RBI from Gavin Martin and Hagstrom to push their lead to 8-4. After the game, Trotter said the two runs in the fifth were huge for the Scorps.
Miyamura kept fighting in the sixth, scoring two more runs.
Farmington added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-6.
Miyamura threatened in the top of the seventh inning, getting its first two batters on base and scoring a run, but Jac Cordova — who came on in relief of Washburn in the seventh — got out of the jam to earn the save.
Farmington will host Aztec (17-6, 5-1) on Tuesday.
“We put ourselves in a spot where winning or finishing second in district, crazy things would have to happen. All we can do is go out on Tuesday and play,” Trotter said. “We have three games left, and we can’t have any let downs. If we go out and play like (we did Saturday), then we’ll have a chance this week.”
Aztec 23, Gallup 5
Aztec (17-6, 5-1) used the wind to its advantage and scored 23 runs to blow by Gallup (5-20, 0-6) 23-5 Saturday in Gallup.
“We hunted curveballs and hit with the wind to right field,” Aztec head coach Wes Laplatt said of the Tigers’ offense.
Laplatt said that, defensively, the Tigers weren’t as sharp as they hoped to be against the Bengals, misjudging the ball in the wind and giving up too many free passes with walks and hit batters.
Aztec will play at Farmington on Tuesday. The Tigers beat the Scorps 11-1 in Aztec on April 14.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.