FARMINGTON — A day before Strike Zone Baseball is set to face Albuquerque Baseball Academy, the team got one final warm-up against Bloomfield.
Strike Zone defeated the Bombers 9-1 in six innings on Monday at Ricketts Park.
"They played good and were coming back off a travel day from Denver, so we're just out here trying to put another quality game together before picking up this week against ABA and Grand Junction tomorrow," said Strike Zone head coach Adam Morrissey.
Strike Zone won three of the five games played at the tournament in Denver, and Morrissey said he is pleased with the progress so far this summer.
"We had good outings by our starting pitchers up there and played some good defense," he said. "We swung the bats well too. It was a good start to the summer."
Matt Martin earned the win for Strike Zone, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in six innings of work. Martin struck out seven Bloomfield hitters while walking just one.
"It was a good outing from him," Morrissey said. "We're trying to set up our rotation going into this week, so Matt was the guy who got the start today and he did a great job."
Jeremy Johnson went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and two runs in the win for Strike Zone.
Connor Dugan, Jacy Cave and Matt Huffhines also scored two runs apiece in the victory.
Bloomfield is fielding a Connie Mack team for the first time in three years and head coach Frank DeHoyos is hoping to use the summer league as a chance to develop Bloomfield baseball.
"For us, it's a completely different thing than for some of the older groups. For us, it's a developmental thing," DeHoyos said of the league. "We talked about it after the state tournament that we have to go out and play. We're not trying to go out and play 100 games, we're just playing in the league, competing in the city tournament and hoping to get better as a program."
DeHoyos wants to use the Bombers in a similar fashion to how Farmington High utilizes the Sting and Piedra Vista use the Rivercats to give young players more experience. Those are high school developmental teams with younger players.
"That's what were trying to do. We have little guys playing 10U and 12U and you see little guys running around town in Sting and Rivercats jerseys and I say why can't we do that at Bloomfield," DeHoyos said. "We're just trying to do our part. Some guys are buying in and hopefully we can go from there."
The strong competition in the Connie Mack summer league has led to some rough outings for Bloomfield, but DeHoyos expects these games to pay dividends for his younger players next spring.
"It seems like we're always playing Naa'taanii, DC MOB or Strike Zone," he said. "Let's see those strong arms and go get better. If you play all summer seeing them, you're going to get better."
Tyler Barker took the loss for the Bombers after surrendering six runs on five hits.
Barker drove in the lone Bloomfield run with an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning to score Donny Trujillo.
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