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Piedra Vista junior pitcher Nate Dominguez pitches against Bloomfield on Saturday. Dominguez threw a no-hitter in the team s 13-0 win.
The only thing that could overshadow the return of junior Jacy Cave to the Piedra Vista batting order on Saturday was the near-perfect pitching of junior Nathaniel Dominguez.

Dominguez threw a no-hitter in Bloomfield (6-9 overall, 1-1 District 1-4A) and was just two walks away from a perfect game in No. 1 Piedra Vista's (14-3, 2-0) 13-0 win in five innings.

"It feels great. I feel like I can continue to do stuff like this if I just continue to throw strikes and let my defense help me out," Dominguez said. "I love pitching and I am just glad I get the chance to throw every now and then with this team."

Piedra Vista head coach Mike McGaha said Dominguez was hitting his spots all day and he didn't give up a hard-hit ball all day, making work easy for the defense behind him. Dominguez had five strikeouts in the game.

"It is a reflection of him not trying to do too much. He is confident and we are confident in him on the mound, but it is more him understanding his role on the team and doing his job," McGaha said. "He hit all of his spots with the exception of the two walks, and every ball came off the hands or off the end of the bat."

Dominguez has cracked the three-man PV pitching rotation headed by senior Shane Woodson and anchored by senior Shilo McCall.

On Saturday he established himself as just another player in the long list of talented PV pitchers in recent years. He may not have the 90-mile-per-hour fastball of guys like Jake McCasland and Dominic Moreno, but he said knows he doesn't have to throw that hard, especially to wood bats.

"It feels good knowing that it doesn't take a strong 90 mph-throwing guy to do the job," Dominguez said.

Dominguez's no-hitter stole the show on Saturday, but also making waves was the return of Cave, who is just four months removed from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Cave has been pinch-running to stay involved with the team, but he recovered so quickly his doctors have given him clearance to start swinging a bat.

In his return, Cave had two base hits.

"He was cleared, and they said as long as there is no pain he can go," McGaha said. "He said he felt like a nine out of 10 out there so we plugged him in so he can start to get his rhythm back."

McCall, Woodson and Cody Scaggari all hit triples in a game that McGaha called near perfect.

McGaha credited three strong practices since the team's 17-5 win against Aztec on Tuesday for the excellent showing, which comes just days before the first district matchup against rival Farmington (10-8, 1-0).

"We executed our game plan exactly the way we wanted and I am pleased with our preparation and approach," McGaha said. "If we can come out on Tuesday and throw strikes, we will be fine.

"FHS is probably the No. 2 team in 4A on paper, and it is a big matchup for us. Win or lose, we have to perform well."

McCall will pitch against Taylor Uselman in Tuesday's game.

Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said the team will learn and improve after Saturday's loss, and he was happy freshman pitcher Tyler Barker had the opportunity to get a look at Piedra Vista so early in his high school career.

"Obviously you don't want to run a freshman out against PV, but it was Barker's turn in the rotation and if you look at the playoff setup we believe we have a chance to make the playoffs so we are sticking with our rotation. This loss is not good right now, but it will make us better in the end."

The Bobcats face Aztec next Thursday, but will be in action Tuesday night as they host a clinic for all of the Bloomfield Pee Wee Reese and Willie Mays age division players. The Bobcat players will run the instructional clinic beginning at 5 p.m..

"It is our way to give back," DeHoyos said. "Even in hard times it is important to find a way to give back."