BLOOMFIELD — Rebecca Sappington was perfect Saturday in Bloomfield's district opener.
Sappington, a Bobcat senior, pitched a perfect game against Thoreau on Saturday morning in Bloomfield as the Bobcats took a 15-0 win in the District 1-3A season opener.
“We didn't even realize it. All of a sudden I looked and saw she was pitching a perfect game,” said Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark. “She was excited. It was her first one.”
Bloomfield (11-6) completed a sweep of Thoreau by winning the second game of the doubleheader 16-1.
Jasmine Sappington took the win from the circle in Game 2.
“It was her first appearance, and she did well,” Clark said. “I have four girls right now who pitch. Jasmine was the only one who hadn't pitched a game so far. She works hard every day in practice, and she did a good job.”
Chelsey Runyon and Sophia Cumpton each hit home runs on Saturday for the Bobcats.
“We hit well up and down the lineup and did what we needed to do,” Clark said.
Bloomfield is back in action this Thursday at Farmington High.
Clark has total confidence in her Bobcat team, but knows they need to keep taking it one game at a time.
“The only way to play is with confidence, but we have to take it a day at a time because you never know,” she said. “It was nice to have our girls come back and take care of these district games and do the little things they needed to do after last weekend in Rio Rancho. We lacked some last weekend, but we are going forward from here.”
Carlsbad 15, Farmington 2
La Cueva 13, Farmington 1
FARMINGTON — The Farmington softball team dropped two games on Saturday.
The Lady Scorpions fell to Carlsbad 15-2 and to La Cueva 13-1.
"We missed quite a few easy plays and put way more pressure on ourselves than was necessary." said Farmington high head coach Johnny Curry.
Curry said the team still gained valuable experience.
"We walked away with valuable experiences that will help us as we approach the later part of the season," Curry said.
Farmington will host Bloomfield on Thursday.
Farmington 11, Valencia 3
Farmington 7, Valencia 5
FARMINGTON — The Scorpion baseball team took care of Valencia in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Farmington (10-6) defeated the Jaguars 11-3 and 7-5 with Matt Huffhines and Austin Davis earning wins on the mound.
“We played well enough to win,” said Farmington High head coach Sean Trotter.
Huffhines went six innings in the win in Game 1 before being relieved by Ethan Graff in the seventh.
“Huffhines was as good as he has been in Game 1. Ethan Graff came in and did a great job of throwing strikes in the seventh.”
Brad Betz hit a grand slam in the third inning of the first game to give Farmington a 5-0 lead at the time.
“We kind of cruised home from there,” Trotter said.
Davis also pitched six innings in his start with Beamer Wick coming on to earn a save.
Trotter was happy with earning two wins on the road, but he said the team still struggles leaving runners on base, including 12 in the first game.
“Overall, we played fairly clean defensively, but we continue to leave too many runners on base,” he said. “I was certainly pleased with the sweep, but we understand that we have to do a better job getting them in if we want to compete in our district.”
Farmington will face Piedra Vista in the makeup game for the championship of the PV Invite on Friday at 5 p.m.
Farmington will then host Sandia Prep at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday after Sandia Prep plays Piedra Vista.
La Cueva 11, Piedra Vista 10
Rio Grande 9, Piedra Vista 6
Piedra Vista baseball finished 0-3 on a road trip against three different 5A opponents.
The Panthers (11-7) fell to La Cueva 11-10 and Rio Grande 9-6 on Saturday.
“I attribute it to a lot of things. It is rough because we made a schedule we knew was going to test us in every way,” said PV head coach Mike McGaha. “Knowing we graduated most of our experience and we would have to put things together on the fly and get thrown into the fire, that is definitely what we have got. We are not a polished team and there is no real way to get polished against the teams we are playing.”
Jacy Cave started against Rio Grande and went four and one-third innings before being relieved. He exited the game with a 5-4 lead.
“He had some command issues but, out of the four runs they scored, I think only one of them was earned,” McGaha said. “We had six errors in the game. We kind of fell asleep and they put the ball in play. We get out there against a good team and have a mental lapse in the field and all of a sudden they hang a crooked number on the board and we are scrambling to play catch up.”
Rio Grande led PV 11-7 going into the seventh inning when the Panthers mounted a rally, but PV left the bases loaded when the game ended on a line drive to left field.
Nate Dominguez started the game against La Cueva. He went five and one-third innings and exited the game with a 605 deficit before Matt Martin came on in relief.
McGaha was pleased with his team's ability to produce at the plate during the three-game, two-day road trip.
“We competed well at the plate and swung the bats well,” he said. “jacy Cave was 3-for-4 with a homer against Rio Grande. Matt Martin had six or seven doubles this weekend and keeps hitting near .500 on the year. Kody Russell had multiple big hits and Tyler Archuleta contributed very well with hits in the bottom of the order.”
PV will host rival Farmington on Friday at Ricketts Park at 5 p.m. in the makeup championship game of the postponed Piedra Vista Invite.
The Panthers will then turn around and host Sandia Prep on Saturday.
“Our schedule never gets easier,” McGaha said.