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Bobcats score five in seventh to stun Scorps

The Bloomfield baseball team may have wrapped up a spot in next week's state tournament with the win

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com
  • Bloomfield scored five runs in the seventh inning to come back and beat Farmington 5-4.
  • Piedra Vista blanked Rio Rancho 6-0 to finish second in 1-6A.
  • Kirtland Central crushed Gallup 11-1 after a two-hour snow delay.
  • State baseball brackets will be released Monday night.

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield baseball team may have sealed its position in the 5A state tournament with a wild walk-off win over Farmington today at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

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The Bobcats, who are on the bubble for one of the final spots in the 16-team state tourney, scored five runs, four of which came with two outs, in the bottom of the seventh to top Farmington 5-4.

Bloomfield senior Orlando Frias provided the winning run, hitting a hard ground ball to Farmington's second baseman, who couldn't handle the ball.

The Bobcats have won three straight games to close out the regular season.

Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos believes the Bobcats' hot finish to the season should be enough to put them in the tournament, saying the team's résumé meets all the criteria the selection committee looks at and that he'll be very upset if the Bobcats are left out when the brackets are released Monday night.

"We're going to practice on Monday expecting to be in the tournament," DeHoyos said. "We've been road warriors all season, and we'll get on the bus and go play whoever they tell us to."

At the start of the week, Farmington was in position to win the District 1-5A title, but dropped its final three games. Two of the losses were one-run games.

The rough finish drops the Scorps to third in the district and likely out of position for a home playoff series in the first round.

Piedra Vista 6, Rio Rancho 0

The Piedra Vista baseball team blanked Rio Rancho 6-0 today at Ricketts Park and secured a second-place finish in District 1-6A with a little help from Cleveland.

Entering the final day of the regular season, PV sat in third place behind Cleveland and Volcano Vista, which were tied at the top of the standings. Cleveland beat VV to win the district title, knocking the Hawks into a tie for second with PV at 5-3 in district play.

But the Panthers owned the tiebreaker on the Hawks with a plus-1 run differential in head-to-head games.

PV coach Mike McGaha said he thinks the Panthers will receive the No. 3 seed — behind La Cueva and Cleveland — in the 6A state tournament.

Kirtland Central 11, Gallup 1

After a two-hour snow delay, Kirtland Central closed out the regular season with an 11-1 win over Gallup at Ford Canyon Field in Gallup.

KC coach Danny Secrest said the Broncos got on the bus planning to drive back to Kirtland and play the game on Monday, but as they were getting ready to the leave, the clouds broke and KC decided to try to play.

The win puts KC at 5-5 in District 1-5A play, which is good for fourth in the district.

The Broncos should earn a spot in the 5A state tourney, with Secrest saying he thinks they'll fall in the 12-14 range.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.