FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central baseball team split a doubleheader with Grants on Tuesday.
The Broncos fell in the opener 10-1 before responding in the second game with a 2-0 win.
KCHS head coach Ron Axworthy said he was proud of his team's ability to bounce back after a tough loss in the first game.
"They just have to get that confidence, game in and game out," Axworthy said. "We challenged them and set the goal of not having any errors. I told them in that second game if we didn't commit any errors that we'd win. We did just that, and, hopefully, it will motivate them moving forward."
The Broncos (3-6) got a strong performance on the mound in the second game from Alex Sanchez, who threw a complete-game shutout on just 79 pitches.
In the first game, KCHS kept within striking distance of the Pirates (8-2) and entered the seventh inning trailing 4-1 before allowing six runs.
KCHS will continue its season on Saturday when the Broncos host a doubleheader against Taos.
Axworthy hopes for a better outcome after the Broncos lost their first game against the Tigers 19-3 at Bloomfield's tournament last week.
"I've had this one circled, and I'm really excited for this weekend," he said.
Española Valley 11, Aztec 0
The Aztec baseball team's struggles continued in an 11-0 loss to Española Valley.
The Tigers (2-10) allowed four runs in both the second and third innings.
The game ended via run-rule after five innings.
The Tigers have now lost seven of their past eight games.
Aztec will play again on Friday at the San Juan Slugfest in Blanding, Utah.
The Tigers will open the tournament with Dolores, Colo., and the host San Juan High.