FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield baseball team got off to a strong start in the postseason.
The No. 7 Bobcats knocked off No. 10 Robertson 7-2 in Game 1 of their 3A first-round series on Friday in Bloomfield.
"It was nice to come out and take the lead," Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said. "It gives us room to play with tomorrow."
The Bobcats (16-11) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
"We were able to take advantage of a couple walks," DeHoyos said.
Donnie Trujillo came up with a two-run single in the third to push the lead to 5-0.
After a couple of runs by the Cardinals (14-12), Elisha Journey hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to lock up the victory.
Jacob Defeinbaugh went four innings on the mound in the victory.
Bloomfield will look for a win today to lock up the series and advance to the quarterfinals.
DeHoyos reminded his team that last year it was in a similar position to Robertson this season, when the Bobcats dropped the opening playoff game to Portales.
The Bobcats rebounded to win the next two games and advance.
"We were in the same spot a year ago," DeHoyos said. "We just have to come out play."
Portales 16, Shiprock 6
The Shiprock baseball team dug an early hole against Portales and couldn't find a way to comeback in Game 1 of its 3A first-round playoff series.
The No. 8 Rams scored five runs in the second inning and led the rest of the game in a 16-6 win against the No. 9 Chieftains on Friday in Portales.
"We were just full of nerves," Shiprock head coach Alfred Baer said. "We just started walking guys and making errors."
After the five-run second inning, the Chieftains scored a pair of runs in the top of the third.
The Rams then responded with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to push their lead to 11-2.
"They threw a lefty and just got enough offensive output to keep (the pitcher) in the game. We couldn't capitalize on our opportunities," Baer said.
Shiprock scored four in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Rams' lead to 11-6, but Portales answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to end the game via run rule.
The Chieftains and Rams will play again today, and Shiprock needs two wins to advance.
"We're playing for our lives," Baer said. "We want to win Game 2 and get to Game 3. The kids will hopefully have the nerves ironed out."