State roundup: Piedra Vista wins 4A titles, Pojoaque drops out early in AAA

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By The Staff

Panthers roll to 4A softball title

As expected, the Piedra Vista Panthers lived up to expectations.

The Panthers softball team rolled to its fifth consecutive Class AAAA title Saturday afternoon in Las Cruces, thumping the Volcano Vista Hawks 7-0 in the state championship game.

It was a remarkable run for the Panthers, who lost just two games this season, both to teams from out-of-state. The Panthers allowed a total of just two runs to their four opponents in the AAAA tournament.

The top-ranked Panthers made light work of the St. Pius X Sartans in Friday afternoon’s quarterfinal, topping them 9-2. St. Pius beat Los Alamos by three runs in their opening round match Friday morning to advance to the afternoon contest.

In Saturday morning’s semifinal, Piedra Vista blanked the Moriarty Pintos 10-0 to move on to the title game.

Volcano Vista, the No. 2 team in the bracket, had to escape a pair of 1-run games in the quarterfinals (2-1 vs. Farmington) and semifinals (1-0 vs. Silver) to get to the title contest.

Two other teams from Los Alamos’ district, 2AAAA, made the field of 16 this weekend. Española Valley, the No. 12 seed, lost to Moriarty in the first round 5-0, while Bernalillo, the 16th and final seed, was crushed by Piedra Vista 11-0 to open state play.

Española Valley was the runner-up in 2AAAA this season while Bernalillo was the third-place finisher coming out of the district.

Friday’s opening round featured two notable upsets, Kirtland Central at No. 6 was downed by 11th-seeded Del Norte, 7-6, while 13th-seeded Aztec demolished fourth-seeded Artesia 11-0. Neither Aztec nor Del Norte, however, survived the quarterfinal round.

Pojoaque exits early from AAA softball

The fifth-seeded Pojoaque Elks were sent home earlier than expected this weekend in the Class AAA softball tournament.

The Elks were upended in the first round of the AAA tournament Friday, falling to 12th-seeded Dexter 2-1 at Field of Dreams in Las Cruces.

Friday morning’s loss ended Pojoaque’s season with a record of 17-8. In 2010, Pojoaque finished second in District 2AAA behind only Raton, which finished 13-1 in 2AAA.

Raton’s Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the AAA tournament, advanced to the semifinals in AAA, but Saturday’s scores from the tournament had not been announced as of press time.

Piedra Vista baseball clubs Moriarty to win title

Piedra Vista’s Panthers made it a clean sweep of the diamond sports this spring.

The top-ranked Piedra Vista baseball team survived a scare in the semifinals, then took out whatever frustrations it might have had out on the Moriarty Pintos in the final.

The Panthers blasted the Moriarty Pintos 18-1 in the championship game of the Class AAAA baseball state tournament Saturday at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.

A day earlier, the Panthers just got by the fifth-seeded Volcano Vista Hawks 6-5 to earn the right to play in the title game.

Moriarty, the three-seed in the AAAA bracket, had to hold on in 1-run games against both Albuquerque Academy (6-5) and second-seeded Farmington (9-8) to get to the final.

Academy, the No. 6 seed, topped 11th-seeded Los Alamos 10-7 in eight innings in the first round of the playoffs last weekend.

Los Alamos was this season’s District 2AAAA champion and one of only two district teams that advanced to the playoffs.

Bloomfield tops St. Mike’s in AAA baseball

The Bloomfield Bobcats seemed to get better as the Class AAA tournament went on this weekend, culminating in a state championship.

The Bobcats, the No. 2 seed in the AAA tournament, dropped fourth-seeded St. Michael’s in the state final Saturday afternoon at Isotopes Park. The Bobcats earned a big 11-1 victory over the Horsemen to take the title.

Bloomfield just got past No. 15 Las Vegas Robertson 7-5 in the opening round, then knocked off Ruidoso, the No. 10 seed, 11-7 Thursday.

Just one day later, Bloomfield crushed third-seeded Cobre, 15-2, before picking up the impressive win in the state championship game.

Pojoaque, the No. 8 seed in the AAA tournament, fell in last weekend’s opening round to ninth-seeded Hope Christian, 7-6 at Jacona Field.