Piedra Vista started slowly against Volcano Vista, but the Panthers were able to pull out a dramatic split in a doubleheader with the Hawks.

PV won game two on a walk-off single by first baseman Chris Franks to take the second game of the series 5-4 on Monday afternoon at Ricketts Park.

The Panthers (3-1) entered the bottom of the 7th inning tied with the Hawks at four, and quickly loaded the bases thanks to two Volcano Vista errors and a hit by pitch.

Franks hit a hard ground ball to the Hawks' Brock Sullivan, and the Volcano Vista shortstop was unable to field the ball and make the throw home before PV's Ian Doughty crossed the plate with the winning run.

PV head coach Mike McGaha sees the Hawks as quality opponent who present a good early-season challenge to his club.

"They always push us," he said. "They're on the schedule for a reason. Last year, they kicked our butts two games in a row at their place, then we went on a run where we only lost one game the rest of the season. They give us a good idea of what we need to do to put ourselves in a position to be competitive. They make us work."

Volcano Vista scored all four of its runs in the top of the first inning thanks in large part to three Panthers' errors.

PV responded in the bottom of the first with three runs.

The score remained at 4-3 for the Hawks until the bottom of the sixth inning when Franks scored to tie the game on an RBI single by Jeremy Johnson.


Nate Dominguez picked up the win for PV after throwing four scoreless innings after relieving starter Kody Russell who went three innings and allowed four runs, but none after the opening inning.

"I don't know that I've seen us buckle down on the mound like that," McGaha said. "After having such a debacle behind them, it's a really hard thing to do from a junior kid who's getting his first varsity start on the mound. It was impressive and gave us something to look forward to. And Nate's been there before. He's one of the senior leaders we expect to step up and fill the voids."

The Panthers dropped the opening game to the Hawks 10-3.

PV open up 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single from Johnson.

Volcano Vista broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning with six runs capped by a two-run triple by Sullivan.

"We fell behind in the count to every hitter," McGaha said. "We faced seven hitter and six of them started with a 1-0 count. It just puts the defense on its heels and makes them stand out there too long. You put everybody to sleep when you don't throw strikes."

PV catcher Zach Ahlgrim trimmed the deficit to 7-3 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning, but that was a close as the Panthers would get.

Doughty took the loss after allowing seven runs in three and two-third innings.

The Panthers will return to the diamond this weekend when they take part in the Farmington High Invite.

"It's absolutely something we want to win, but it's about setting our pitching rotation," Mcgaha said. "We need to get our rotation set. We have our tournament the following weekend which will serve as a dress rehearsal for the state tournament. We get to do that back-to-back weekends then go to Phoenix and really get tested against teams that I think could win the state title here every year."

Joshua Perry may be reached at jperry@daily-times.com or 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.