PV powers past Farmington with 10 home runs

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista softball team put together two dominant performances at the plate to blast crosstown rival Farmington 19-0 and 28-7 Friday at the Ricketts Park Softball Complex.

“There’s no doubt I loved the way we swung it (Friday),” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “In the first game, we did exactly what we talked about, we were focused, hit the ball and played clean (defense). In the second game, we weren’t as sharp in the first inning, but I was proud of the way they bounced back.”

PV’s Nykki Benally finished the two games 7 for 8 at the plate with three home runs, including a grand slam, and eight RBIs.

Piedra Vista's Aleja Armenta (15) is greeted by Tyra Garcia (4) and the rest of her Lady Panther teammates after hitting a home run against Farmington on April 22 at the Ricketts Park Softball Complex.

After Benally hit a solo home run in the first inning of the first game to give the Lady Panthers a 1-0 lead, PV exploded at the plate in the second inning.

The Lady Panthers saw 19 batters reach safely in the inning, scoring 17 runs on 12 hits, including six home runs.

Cheyenne Stark led off the inning with a solo homer to center. Natalie Martin, Alyssa Herrod, Katie Jensen, Benally and Aleja Armenta also homered during the inning, with Jensen, Benally and Armenta homering back to back to back.

All nine Lady Panthers who went to the plate scored in the inning, and eight of them recorded an RBI.

PV added one more run in the third with an RBI from Jensen.

Armenta earned the win for PV, allowing one hit in three innings of work.

Between the two games, Farmington honored its two seniors, KK Blackwood and Emily Frias, on senior night.

Farmington's KK Blackwood slides into third base ahead of the tag from Piedra Vista's Cheyenne Stark on Friday at the Ricketts Park Softball Complex.

And the senior duo made the most of their final home game.

Batting in her usual leadoff spot, Blackwood, a slap bunter, hit the first home run of her life, briefly stopping between first and second bases in disbelief as the ball landed beyond the right field fence.

Frias then hit a solo homer, her first of the year, to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning.

“That was cool. That was a big plus,” Farmington head coach Tim Trotter said. “It was cool to let the seniors get that. And the biggest thing is, I like to see the confidence building moving forward, knowing that the work we’re doing will pay off if we continue it.”

Farmington’s Abigail Daniele added a solo homer to help the Lady Scorps’ effort.

PV had another big second inning in the second game, scoring eight runs in the frame, highlighted by Autumn Begay blasting the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence for a three-run home run.

Piedra Vista's Autumn Begay fields a ground ball against Farmington on Friday at the Ricketts Park Softball Complex.

PV added five runs in the third, two in the fourth and 11 in the fifth.

Nine Lady Panthers recorded an RBI in the second game, including Armenta hitting her second home run of the day. In total, the Lady Panthers hit 10 home runs in the two games.

Both PV and Farmington will close out the regular season Friday. PV will play at Miyamura (16-6, 4-2), and Farmington will play at Aztec (19-5, 6-0).

Aztec 21, Gallup 0

Aztec 23, Gallup 0

Aztec is now in position to capture the District 1-5A title after the Lady Tigers mauled Gallup 21-0 and 23-0 Friday in Gallup.

Aztec head coach Roy Johnson said pitcher Paige Adair had two great games to highlight a good weekend for the Lady Tigers.

Adair started both games for Aztec, striking out 11 Lady Bengals in the first game, then nine more in the second game.

CheyAnne Simkins and Jocelyn each hit two home runs, and Ashlynn Bradley added a homer to pace Aztec’s offense.

The Lady Tigers will close out the regular season on Friday, hosting Farmington. Aztec, the only undefeated team in district play, is two games clear of PV and Miyamura in the standings, and needs just one win in the doubleheader to claim the district title.

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