The Bobcats (5-7) were shut down at the plate by Huskie pitchers Neppy Saavedra and Keenan Dodd.
Saavedra earned a win in Hope Christian's 13-7 victory in Game 1 while Dodd pitched the team to a 12-1 win in Game 2.
Dodd struck out nine Bobcat hitters in six innings of work. He allowed two hits and one run in the first inning but was perfect the rest of the way.
“Seeing good arms helps in the long run, but it is also scary because it shows your weaknesses,” said Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos. “We have to take care of those before we get to Albuquerque for state or before we even get out of our district.”
Dodd was relieved by Joe Standley, who struck out the Bloomfield side in the bottom of the seventh.
Dodd and Standley combined to strike out nine of the final 10 batters Bloomfield sent to the plate.
“We have to find a way to win and it starts with finding a way to hit and put runs on the board. Coaching, hitting, we all have to do a better job playing baseball,” DeHoyos said. “As a coach, that falls on me. As players, they have to have some work ethic. It comes down to the guy holding the bat in his hands. ‘Do I want to hit or not?' We just aren't getting it done right now.
I don't know if it is a team slump or what, but I would like to play us right now.”
Kyle Thompson pitched well in the second game for the Bobcats. He went toe-to-toe with Dodd for four innings before the Huskies broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.
Thompson walked the bases loaded to start the game and a run scored on a fielder's choice, but he went on to pitch well, working his way out of another bases loaded jam in the third and retiring the side in order in both the second and fourth innings.
Thompson faced 25 hitters and allowed four hits. He walked six Huskies but also struck out six in his four and one-third innings of work.
“He has done a great job for us from Day 1,” DeHoyos said of his ace pitcher. “I have been leaning on him a bit and will a bit more the next few weeks.”
Tyler Barker pitched Game 1 and lasted just two innings before being relieved.
In Game 2, Barker suffered a dislocated finger on his glove hand while catching a throw from the infield at first base.
He continued to play the rest of the game.
“It was the strangest thing I have ever seen. A dislocated finger on a glove hand catching a throw,” DeHoyos said. “He went the rest of the way. He is a tough kid.”
Barker had the lone Bloomfield RBI in Game 2 as he drove in Josh Archibeque, who tripled in the first inning.
DeHoyos hopes his team can find a way to break out of its slump, and he knows the Bobcats will have to bring a lot more to the plate if they face the Huskies in the state tournament.
“They are probably the best hitting club I have seen,” DeHoyos said of Hope Christian. “I am hoping they are hot right now and run out of fuel before the end of the season. Their coach over there does a great job and they get after it.
“Right now, I am not real concerned with the state tournament. I am concerned with district. One bad inning — and we tend to have those — can ruin a game, especially when you don't put up a lot of runs.”
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