RIO RANCHO — After picking up a pair of wins on Thursday, Bloomfield's softball season came to a close a day later with two losses.
The Lady Bobcats dropped a tight game to No. 1 Silver 2-1 with a spot in the 3A championship on the line. They were then knocked out of the tournament by No. 4 Hope Christian 10-5 on Friday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
"We just weren't hitting the ball the way we were earlier in the tournament," Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said. "The girls battled the whole time, though, and didn't give up."
Silver defeated Bloomfield in the first game of the day to move on to the 3A title game.
The Lady Colts scored a run apiece in the second and third innings to come out with the victory.
Bloomfield fought back in the seventh inning with a run on a bases-loaded walk, but the Lady Bobcats were unable to tie the score, ending the game on a ground out to second base.
Thalia O'Neil pitched well for Bloomfield in the loss, allowing just five hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings.
"She's phenomenal. That kid came through above and beyond what I could have asked for," Clark said.
Silver opened the scoring with a run in the second inning after a two-out RBI single.
The Lady Colts capitalized on two Bloomfield errors in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.
In the second game of the day, Bloomfield and Hope battled back and forth, exchanging the lead on multiple occasions.
Hope opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning, but Bloomfield answered back with three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead.
After the Lady Huskies tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third, the Lady Bobcats regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth to open a 4-3 advantage.
"I think we came out ready to go," Clark said of her team having to play a couple of hours after the Silver loss. "We battled back and forth and were up a couple times."
Hope responded with four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to end the Bloomfield season.
"I definitely thought we'd come out today and put this game away and be there tomorrow, but that's not the way it worked out," Clark said.