Lady Panthers blast Gallup for a pair of wins

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista softball team found gaps in Gallup’s defense and rolled to a pair of wins Wednesday at the Farmington Sports Complex.

Cheyenne Stark set the tone for the day for the Lady Panthers, belting a grand slam in the first inning of the first game to ignite PV’s bats for a 14-0 win. The hosts won 18-0 in the second game.

“It was the spark we needed, and the bats stayed hot the remainder of the day,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “(Gallup) didn’t make a lot of errors, either, we just put the ball where they couldn’t get to it.”

Stark reached safely in all four of her plate appearances in the first game, recording three hits and being hit by a pitch.

Werth said everyone in the lineup accounted for at least one hit on the day.

Piedra Vista's Aleja Armenta pitches against Gallup on Wednesday at the Farmington Sports Complex.

Aleja Armenta earned the win in the first game, giving up four hits, but she didn’t allow a base runner to move past second base.

Ananda Delegarito pitched the second game, striking out eight and giving up just one hit in four innings of work.

“One thing I liked was the girls played to their ability and not to their opposition’s,” Werth said. “We talk about that all the time, and it’s tough to do. Sometimes, you play down to the level of the competition, but the girls played well, had a good approach at the plate and played clean on defense.”

PV will play a doubleheader at crosstown rival Farmington at 4 p.m. Friday.

“You have to throw records out the window. It doesn’t matter who has played who, we know it’s going to be a battle,” Werth said. “We don’t want to play the opponent but play the ball. We have to play to our ability. That will be the key.”

Farmington was scheduled to play a doubleheader against Miyamura Wednesday. FHS head coach Tim Trotter could not be reached for comment.

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