Bloomfield’s Anthony Candelaria (6) slides into home as Shiprock catcher Zander Dale (16) fails to make the stop on Thursday at John Gutierrez
Bloomfield's Anthony Candelaria (6) slides into home as Shiprock catcher Zander Dale (16) fails to make the stop on Thursday at John Gutierrez Baseball Stadium in Bloomfield. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield baseball team has won its second straight District 1-3A title.

The Bobcats picked up a pair of victories against Shiprock on Thursday in Bloomfield to complete a perfect district season.

Bloomfield (14-10, 6-0 District 1-3A) beat the Chieftains (20-4, 4-2) 4-2 in the tightly contested opening game and then run-ruled Shiprock 14-1 in five innings in the second game.

In the first game, both team got solid outings from their starting pitchers.

Elisha Journey threw a complete game for Bloomfield, allowing just two runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out 13 Chieftains in the victory.

Julian Aspaas gave up four runs on five hits over six innings in the loss for Shiprock.

Bloomfield’s Elisha Journey (8) pitches against Shiprock on Thursday at John Gutierrez Baseball Stadium in Bloomfield.
Bloomfield's Elisha Journey (8) pitches against Shiprock on Thursday at John Gutierrez Baseball Stadium in Bloomfield. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

The Bobcats took the early lead after an RBI single in the bottom of the first by Kyle Thompson.

"Kyle Thompson really came through as a senior today," head coach Frank DeHoyos said. "That's a dang good baseball team we beat. They didn't win 20 games by accident."

Shiprock responded with a run in the top of the second inning on a Bloomfield throwing error.

Neither team scored again until the fifth inning, when Abraham Hobson drilled an RBI triple to right field to give Shiprock a 2-1 lead.

"We wanted to compete, which we did in the first game," Shiprock head coach Alfred Baer said.

The Bobcats answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Thompson hit a 2-run single, and then scored on an RBI double by Austin Lucero to put Bloomfield up 4-2.

"I was just waiting for my pitch," Thompson said.

Journey only gave up one hit in the final two innings on the mound to seal the Bobcats victory.

The Bobcat hitters found their stride in game two, putting up 14 hits in the win.

Jacob Defeinbaugh went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs in the win, and Journey went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including an inside-the-park home run in the first inning.

Bloomfield High School’s Jacob Defeinbaugh (9) fields the ball to first base on Thursday against Shiprock at John Gutierrez Baseball Stadium in
Bloomfield High School's Jacob Defeinbaugh (9) fields the ball to first base on Thursday against Shiprock at John Gutierrez Baseball Stadium in Bloomfield. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

Bloomfield opened the scoring with four runs in the first inning. The Bobcats tacked on five more runs in the third inning.

Defeinbaugh earned the victory on the mound after allowing just one run on two hits in four innings.

Taylor Nakai took the loss for Shiprock.

"In the second game, we were just flat and didn't have any energy left," Baer said.

Bloomfield will play one more regular season game against Aztec.

"It gives us a lot of confidence, because we've been up and down," Thompson said.

Shiprock will not play again until the postseason.

Both teams will find out on Sunday where they will be placed in the 3A state playoff bracket.

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.