FARMINGTON – The New Mexico Activities Association announced brackets and seedings for state baseball and softball tournaments, which will begin Friday for several local and area teams in San Juan County.
The top 16 teams in all classifications advance to the state baseball tournament, which will play through Saturday, May 13, at the Santa Ana Star Field at the University of New Mexico.
The state softball tournament opens with play-in games followed by a double-elimination format which will wrap up Saturday, May 13, at Lobo Field at UNM.
Here’s a glance at the brackets and first round matchups for teams on the diamond competing for state titles.
Both Piedra Vista and Farmington High Schools will compete in the Class 5A state tournament. The Scorpions wrapped up the regular season sweeping District 2-5A and crosstown rival Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Ricketts Park.
Farmington finished the season with an overall record of 13-12 (5-5 District), seeded 11th in the Class 5A state tournament and will face sixth-seeded Centennial High on the road in a three-game series. Friday’s games will mark the second meeting of the season between Farmington and Centennial, with the Hawks winning its first contest by a final of 10-0. The Scorpions finished third in the district standings, just ahead of Piedra Vista.
The Panthers, with an overall record of 15-11 on the season (4-6 District) are seeded 12th in the Class 5A tournament and will go on the road to face fifth-seeded Cleveland High in a three games series to open the postseason.
The Storm wrapped up its season with a record of 18-7 and won three of its last four games. Cleveland owns a 6-4 advantage over Piedra Vista in previous matchups dating to 2012.
The Miyamura High School baseball team finished atop the standings in District 1-4A and was seeded 11th in the Class 4A state tournament. The Patriots will open the tournament on the road against sixth-seeded Goddard. The Rockets beat Miyamura last month in a regular season tournament game by a final of 5-2.
Bloomfield, which finished second in the district standings and finished the regular season with a record of 17-7, enter the 4A tournament as a 12-seed and will be on the road against fifth-seeded Artesia beginning Friday at 5 p.m.
This will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Bloomfield and Artesia have faced off against each other four times dating to 2008 with each team owning a pair of victories.
Aztec, last season’s District 1-4A champions, enter the Class 4A state tournament as the 13 seed and will be on the road to face fourth-seeded Belen. The Eagles beat Aztec 10-2 in tournament action this season and have won five of the last six times the teams have faced each other.
Navajo Prep captured the District 1-3A season championship, finishing with identical 7-1 marks in district play with Zuni. The Eagles earned the title thanks to a run differential tiebreaker between the two teams.
Navajo Prep (9-13 overall) is ranked 15th in Class 3A according to MaxPreps and was seeded 12th in the tournament. The Eagles will face fifth-seeded Robertson on the road in three-game series to open the postseason. The two teams will play against each another for the first time.
The Piedra Vista High School softball team lost the District 2-5A title to La Cueva on a tiebreaker, with both teams posting identical 7-1 marks in district play.
The Lady Panthers are seeded fourth in the Class 5A state tournament and will open at home in a single-elimination game against district rival Sandia on Friday. Piedra Vista easily handled the Lady Matadors in a district doubleheader on April 21 by scores of 15-0 and 15-5.
Farmington, seeded 11th in the state tournament, will visit Volcano Vista on Friday. This will be the first game against each other this season and only the third game between each other since 2019. The Lady Scorpions and Lady Hawks each own a win.
The defending Class 4A state champion Gallup team wrapped up an unbeaten run in District 1-4A last weekend with a 4-2 win over Miyamura. The third-seeded Lady Bengals have won 10 straight games and will open the tournament at home Saturday at 11 a.m. facing 14th seeded Deming in the first round.
Seventh-seeded Miyamura will be at home for a single elimination game Friday against 10th seeded Belen. Meantime, 12th-seeded Bloomfield will face off with fifth-seeded Los Alamos on Friday at 4 p.m. at Pojoaque Valley High School.
Aztec, seeded 13th in the Class 4A state tournament will visit St. Pius on Friday. The Lady Tigers scored a pair of victories over the Lady Sartans last month, winning 7-6 and 12-8.
The Navajo Prep softball team will wrap up its regular and district seasons at home on Tuesday against Zuni. The Lady Eagles have yet to lose a game in the District 1-3A campaign and are ranked sixth in the state within the classification by MaxPreps.