FARMINGTON – For the first time in a decade, the blue trophy is headed back to Farmington High School.
Scorpions pitchers Jac Cordova and Isaiah Jaramillo anchored the team past defending state champion Goddard, 5-3, in today's 5A state baseball championship game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.
“It’s outstanding. It’s been a long time coming. I’m so excited for the kids, so proud of them,” coach Sean Trotter said. “They’re all jazzed up and excited. The goal has been achieved. I’m having a hard time wrapping it around my brain myself.”
Trotter said Cordova, who started today’s game, had some trouble with his fastball and off-speed pitches but kept grinding out strong innings despite not having any good secondary pitches to go with. Trotter also said Jaramillo was particularly effective throwing his change-up coming on in relief.
Trotter said both pitchers’ locations were great.
“They did a good job of pitching to contact, not getting hurt with pitches up in the zone,” Trotter said.
Cordova and Jaramillo combined for six innings of work, and Danny Carpenter picked up the save in the top of the seventh inning.
Josh Spellbring and Emilio Prado both hit a combined 6-for-6 with three RBIs at the plate.
Farmington (24-5) won 19 of its final 20 games overall en route to its first state title since 2008, which was also the last time FHS appeared in the finals. FHS is also now 10-for-10 playing in the state title game since 1991.
PV baseball, FHS softball reach finals
Both teams struggled to contain very potent opposing lineups today in Albuquerque.
The Panthers lost 14-3 via five-run mercy rule to La Cueva, which won its 10th state title since 2003.
One win away from a possible 5A title, the Lady Scorpions came up just short facing defending state runner-up Artesia. AHS won both games (13-2 and 13-0) today to win its first title since 2001.
PV (23-8) returned to the state title game for the first time since its 2014 championship season.
Although Farmington (20-11-1) was denied what would've been its first state title since 2004, coach Tim Trotter has the Lady Scorpions going in the right direction.
After winning just five games in 2016, FHS has 33 combined wins over the last two years.