FARMINGTON -- The Lady Panther bats came alive Friday after being silenced on the opening day of the Michelle Carew Classic.

Piedra Vista (12-4) defeated Poway High School out of San Diego 4-2 in its first game Friday.

Krissy Fortner gave up three hits and two runs from inside the circle in the first inning to Poway, but Fortner was dominant the rest of the way, allowing only two more hits in the following six innings.

“The defense was lights out playing behind her,” said PV head coach Kevin Werth.

Jordan Montoya went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs in the game, while Susie Chandler was 2-for-3 at the plate.

“The girls did a great job bouncing back after two tough losses.


I am very proud of them,” Werth said after the win.

PV then turned around and battled Trabuca Hills High out of Mission Viejo, Calif., on Friday afternoon.

Trabuca Hills got the best of the Lady Panthers, taking a 6-4 victory.

“We played well but had a hiccup in the sixth, and they scored four runs to break a 2-2 tie,” Werth said. “We battled and scored two in the top of the seventh and had the tying run at the plate, but we grounded out to second to end it.”

Chandler was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs against Trabuca Hills.

Despite the 1-2 start in the tournament, Werth is happy to face a high level of competition and compete in every game.

“I feel we got a lot better today despite the loss,” he said.

Werth now has 299 career wins and will go for No. 300 Saturday morning when the team plays its final game of the tournament.

“If we can come out victorious, that is a bonus,” Werth said. “As of right now, we are just focused on getting better every outing. We have four losses and three of them were 1-0 games, so I am very pleased with the way we are competing against the caliber of teams we are seeing.”

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