Bloomfield continued its roll through District 1-3A with a sweep of Shiprock on Tuesday.
The Bobcats (11-8, 4-0 District 1-3A) defeated Shiprock 11-1 and 10-0 in a doubleheader with Elisha Journey and Luke Dugan earning wins on the mound.
Journey had 10 strikeouts in his win in Game 1. He only gave up three hits to the Chieftains.
Kyle Thompson was 6-for-6 at the plate in the two games with three RBIs. He continues to impress after pitching a no-hitter against Thoreau last Saturday.
“He has been really good the last couple of days. He is doing a real good job for us swinging the bat and pitching,” said Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos.
Eight of the nine Bobcats in the lineup recorded a hit in Game 1.
In the field, Bloomfield didn’t record an error all game, much to the delight of DeHoyos.
“We played well and were defensively sound,” he said. “We have kind of turned the corner a bit. Our schedule is a little tougher than most people’s. With Farmington and Piedra Vista and Aztec at the end of the year and opening with Miyamura, you are in dog fights all year long, and it helps for these district games."
In Game 1, Tyler Barker and Donny Trujillo each had two RBIs.
Austin Lucero came up with a big pinch-hit effort in the fifth inning of Game 2 as he came up with three RBIs with one swing of the bat with the bases loaded.
Barker added another two RBIs in Game 2.
DeHoyos said Shiprock’s pitcher kept the team off-balance much of Game 2.
The Chieftains kept it to a 2-0 game until Bloomfield ended the game with an eight-run fifth inning.
“They threw a good arm at us. Game 2 was a lot closer than it sounded,” DeHoyos said. “He had a good curveball and change up. We eventually made adjustments at the plate and did a real good job with it.”
Bloomfield will play Piedra Vista on Thursday in a break from the district schedule before resuming 1-3A play on Friday with a doubleheader at Wingate.
Aztec 20, Kirtland Central 10
After a hot start to the regular season but a slow start to the District 1-4A season, Aztec baseball earned its first district win of the year on Tuesday at Kirtland Central.
The Tigers (14-5, 1-2 District 1-4A) defeated Kirtland Central (5-13, 0-3) 20-10 in six innings behind 17 hits — 12 of which went for extra bases.
“We hit pretty well,” said Aztec assistant coach Brett Alexander. “Absolutely a good feeling to get that win and get a little confidence.”
Dalton Watson was a force at the plate for Aztec. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double to go with four RBIs and a stolen base.
Tanner Moore was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Tigers.
Randy LePlatt went 2-for 3 with a triple and three stolen bases and Chance Justis went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
“We ran the bases well,” Alexander said.
Dylan Stinson earned a win on the mound for Aztec. He went four innings and gave up six hits while striking out six Bronco hitters. He was charged with two runs.
Kirtland Central extended the game by avoiding a 10-run-rule in the fifth inning. The Broncos scored six runs in the fifth on three hits, three walks and two Aztec errors.
Aztec put the game away an inning later.
“I pulled my starter to give another kid a shot,” Alexander said of the fifth inning.
Justis came on in relief of Stinson before Watson came on to finish the game in the sixth.
Kirtland Central started Alex Sanchez before replacing him with Aaron Frank. Frank was eventually relieved by Landon Love.
Alexander said his team will have to clean up its five errors from Tuesday’s game before getting another crack at Piedra Vista on Saturday.
“We have three days to get better, work out some issues with our defense and prepare for PV,” he said. “If you can’t get up for that, then you have problems.”
Bloomfield 13, Shiprock 1
Bloomfield 17, Shiprock 4
Bloomfield picked up two key wins in District 1-3A softball action on Tuesday at Shiprock.
Thalia O’Neill pitched the Lady Bobcats (15-8, 5-0 District 1-3A) to a win in Game 1 while Rebecca Sappington earned the win in the second game.
Haili Bekes was 3-for-5 at the plate in both games.
“We came out and played ball. We played a little rough the first two innings of the second game, but we got it together and got runs on the board, so that was good,” said Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark.
Rachel Candelaria was 3-for-5 at the plate in Game 1 while Jasmine Sappington went 3-for-5 in Game 2.
Clark said there would have been a few home runs if not for a strong wind blowing straight in the face of the hitters all day.
O’Neill recorded four strikeouts while only allowing four hits and one walk in her Game 1 win.
Rebecca Sappington only struck out two Lady Chieftains in Game 2 while allowing five hits.
“They were able to hit her, but nothing too major. We got the outs we needed,” Clark said.
Adrianna Toledo pitched well in the first game for Shiprock, though she took the loss.
Megan Harrison pitched Game 2 for the Lady Chiefs (6-11, 2-2).
“Shiprock will make the state tournament. They have some good players and really good hitters,” Clark said. “Their pitcher in the second game was hurt, I think, but their pitcher in Game 1 was really good. I expect them to be competitive, especially if they play like they did today and keep hitting the ball hard."
Shiprock is back in action Thursday at Wingate for one game, while Bloomfield will host Wingate in a doubleheader on Saturday.
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