Bloomfield’s Thalia O’Neil (7) pitches against Shiprock on Tuesday at Shiprock High School.
Bloomfield's Thalia O'Neil (7) pitches against Shiprock on Tuesday at Shiprock High School. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield softball team put together a pair of strong performances to wrap up the District 1-3A title.

The Lady Bobcats swept a doubleheader against Shiprock 12-1 and 16-4 on Tuesday in Shiprock.

"I'm really proud of the way we played," Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said. "Offensively, we're doing very well and really coming along."

Bloomfield (14-10, 6-0 District 1-3A) dominated their rivals in district play, outscoring opponents 102-6 in the six games.

Clark said a balanced offense has really been the key for the team.

"My top four (hitters) always do really well, but everybody was hitting today," she said.

Thalia O'Neil picked up the wins in both games in the circle.

Bloomfield’s Chelsey Runyon (11) throws out a Shiprock runner at first on Tuesday at Shiprock High School.
Bloomfield's Chelsey Runyon (11) throws out a Shiprock runner at first on Tuesday at Shiprock High School. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

The Lady Bobcats jumped on Shiprock (13-11, 4-2) early in the first game, taking a 10-1 lead in the third inning.

In the second game, Bloomfield ran into a little trouble by allowing four early runs.

O'Neil came in to pitch for Bloomfield in the second inning and didn't allow another Shiprock run for the rest of the game.

"She really stood out for us today," Clark said.

The losses end the regular season for the Lady Chieftains, but Shiprock should find a place in the softball state playoffs when the bracket is announced on Sunday.

Bloomfield has a doubleheader with Kirtland Central on Saturday to close the season, and then the team will find out the next day where the New Mexico Activities Association seeds it.

The Lady Bobcats are No. 3 in 3A in both the MaxPreps rankings and coaches' poll, and Clark expects to be seeded in that position.

"On paper, we look great, and we think our strength of schedule should be good enough to hold us in that position," she said.

Bloomfield has played the fourth hardest schedule in 3A.

Shiprock is ranked No. 9 by MaxPreps and No. 10 by the coaches and will likely have to open up its postseason on the road.

Shiprock’s Brianna LittleCrow (4) waits for the throw to home as Bloomfield’s Deszeray Chavez (3) scores a run on Tuesday at Shiprock High
Shiprock's Brianna LittleCrow (4) waits for the throw to home as Bloomfield's Deszeray Chavez (3) scores a run on Tuesday at Shiprock High School. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

Lady Chiefs head coach Levi Toledo is still hopeful Shiprock can get a top-eight seed and host the first round matchup.

"That's what we're looking for," Toledo said.

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter.