Lady Scorpions earn No. 5 seed in 5A playoffs

The Daily Times staff
Farmington's Meghan Shim hits a single against Bloomfield during a District 1-5A game on Friday, April 27 at Ricketts Softball Complex. The Lady Scorpions, who are averaging 11.8 runs scored per game since March 23, enter the 5A state tournament as the No. 5 seed.

FARMINGTON – Farmington’s turnaround on the hitting end over the last six weeks is doing great wonders for the Lady Scorpions, just in time for the big show.

Averaging 11.8 runs scored since March 23, FHS won 12 of its final 14 regular season games and cruised to a District 1-5A title. In the end, the Lady Scorpions were rewarded today with the No. 5 seed in this year’s New Mexico Activities Association 5A State Softball bracket.

FHS (16-9-1) will face No. 12 Deming at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Cleveland High.

Farmington's key wins include 5A's Los Alamos, as well as district sweeps of Aztec, Bloomfield and Gallup. FHS also engaged in a 9-8 battle with 6A's Las Cruces, despite being on the losing end of that one.

At least 12 of the 15 players on Farmington's roster are hitting .304 or higher so far this season.

County again well-represented

Defending 5A state champion and seventh-seeded Aztec will face No. 10 Los Alamos, while No. 11 Bloomfield will square off against No. 6 Alamogordo.

Aztec (13-13) concluded the regular season on a five-game winning streak, while Bloomfield (14-12) won four of its final six regular season games.

Both games will start at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Cleveland.

District 1-4A foes Shiprock (No. 8 seed) and Navajo Prep (No. 9 seed) will duke it out in the first round of the 4A tournament at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cleveland.

The Lady Chieftains (16-10) won their second straight district title. The Lady Eagles (13-7) have won six of their last eight games entering state.

Piedra Vista (13-13) earned the No. 12 seed in the 6A bracket and will face No. 5 Sandia in the first round at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cleveland.

All first-round games are single elimination. The quarterfinals onward will be double elimination.