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Short-handed PV splits doubleheader with Valley

Bloomfield loses opener, KC drops a doubleheader to Robertson

Karl Schneider, and Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON – After dropping the first game of its doubleheader against Valley 6-3, a shorthanded Piedra Vista baseball team bounced back for a 3-2 win in its second game Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

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The Panthers dismissed multiple players earlier in the week for rules violations and saw a couple of more players miss the games with health issues.

PV led 3-1 after the top of the third, but some mental mistakes by the Panthers allowed three runs to score and sent the game to the fourth inning with the visitors trailing 4-3.

PV had several chances to score, getting runners in scoring position in three of the last four innings, but the Panthers could not push any runs across.

“We competed really well in game one," PV head coach Mike McGaha said. "It took us a few innings to get our mind around the idea that even though we lost so many players this week, that we were going to be OK.”

The Panthers turned it around in game two.

In the top of the seventh, the Panthers scored on a Valley error to take a 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the win.

“It was good for them (the Panthers) to get some relief by way of a win,” McGaha said. “After all the adversity that we’ve been through this week, and what it means to come over here and play tight and as a family, I’m really proud to be represented by this group.”

Aztec 7, St. Michael’s 4

Aztec ended its trip to Los Lunas on a high note, topping St. Michael’s 7-4 on the final day of the Valencia High tournament Saturday.

The win over the Horsemen put the Tigers at 2-1 during the three-day tournament. Aztec lost to Hope Christian 12-2 on Thursday before beating Socorro 12-0 on Friday.

In the wins over Socorro and St. Mike’s, the Tigers got strong pitching performances from Bradley Maestas and Cody Smith. Maestas threw a complete game against Socorro, striking out seven batters en route to the win. Smith pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits while striking out five to get the win over St. Mike’s.

“(The) team played against a lot of adversity and showed a lot of tenacity,” Aztec head coach Wes Leplatt said in a text message.

Bernalillo 3, Bloomfield 1

The Bobcats were sloppy to start the 2016 campaign, committing six errors, allowing three unearned runs and losing 3-1 to Bernalillo on the road on Saturday.

Kenyon Lusk was the starting pitcher for Bloomfield. He worked through trouble all morning long.

"Kenyon threw his tail off. We dodged bullets all day," Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said. "They left bases loaded, they left second and third, and we battled off. But there at the end, we just couldn't make the right play, and kept putting them on base."

The bottom of the sixth inning did the Bobcats in. Bernalillo scored two of its three unearned runs in that frame.

Bloomfield was held to three hits in the contest. The Bobcats host Gallup as part of the Bloomfield Invitational on Thursday.

Robertson 3, Kirtland Central 2

Robertson 5, Kirtland Central 2

Kirtland Central gave Robertson a pair of hard-fought games on Saturday, but lost twice on the road to fall to 1-2 this season.

KC dropped the first game 3-2 in eight innings despite a complete-game gem from pitcher Randon Blindman. The Broncos lost 5-2 in the second half of the doubleheader.

"I've never felt more positive losing both sides of a doubleheader," KC coach Bryan Waldroup said. "To come up here and take Robertson eight innings is incredible. We put ourselves in position to win against a very quality Robertson team."

The first game was scoreless going into the eighth.  KC took a 1-0 lead in game two, but didn't muster any timely hitting as the game progressed.

The Broncos will host Grand County, Utah, on Thursday.

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

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.