Bloomfield, Kirtland Central pick up wins on first day of Bloomfield Invite

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ALBUQUERQUE – It was good to be back in Farmington for the Scorpions baseball team on Thursday.

Following two road losses to start the season, the Scorps started the three-day Scorpion Invitational in style by downing Moriarty 4-0 at Ricketts Park.

Dominic Martinez and Jac Cordova combined for the shutout, one that Scorps coach Sean Trotter said his bats helped secure.

"We got hits from a bunch of different guys," Trotter said. "We stranded six (runners), but we got some timely hits, that's for sure."

Moriarty threatened a handful of times, but when it did, Martinez and Cordova were able to successfully pitch out of trouble.

Dominic Hines went 2 for 3 for Farmington, which scored twice in the first inning and tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the fifth.

Farmington will square off with Belen in a 4:30 p.m. game today.

Piedra Vista 10, Los Lunas 0

Piedra Vista wasted little time in jumping out on Los Lunas during the first round of the Scorpion Invitational Thursday morning at Ricketts Park, scoring nine runs in the first inning en route to a 10-0 victory.

“It was 1-0, and they had a couple of outs on us and were one pitch away from getting out of the inning, then we had a few walks in a row and two or three extra-base hits in a row, and before you knew it, it was 9-0 after the first inning,” PV head coach Mike McGaha said.

Junior Elijah Gamboa got the start for the Panthers, giving up four hits while walking just one batter.

“He went out and threw strike one all game and mixed in a changeup and had a successful outing for us,” McGaha said of Gamboa. “He gave us a chance to make some plays behind him.”

Gamboa also recorded a three-run triple in the first inning to help pace the PV offense.

Shiprock 16, Montezuma-Cortez, Colo., 1 

The Chieftains made it four wins in a row to open the 2016 season on Thursday by blasting Montezuma-Cortez, Colo., 16-1 on the road.

Senior Cameron Phillips was great all around, earning the win as the starting pitcher with eight strikeouts and going 3 for 3 at the plate with three RBI.

Unlike in Tuesday's game against Gallup, Shiprock's bats got going immediately as the Chieftains scored eight runs in the first inning.

Shiprock coach Alfred Baer said the offensive explosion was fun to watch.

"It was great to see, from the get-go until the end," Baer said. "Our three leadoff hitters batted five times each, while I think (Cortez's) only got to the plate two times."

Shiprock registered 20 hits. Arjay Miller knocked in three runs on the day. Pedro Tom and Chance Harvey combined to score eight of the team's 16 runs.

The Chieftains come back home today for a 3 p.m. game against Dove Creek, Colo.

Kirtland Central 2, Grand County, Utah, 1 

On Saturday, Kirtland Central wound up on the losing end of an extra-inning battle. But on Thursday, the Broncos tasted victory in the same situation.

Randon Blindman came through for KC, throwing six innings of shutout ball and also knocking in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to help KC top Grand County, Utah, 2-1 at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

KC coach Bryan Wardroup said Blindman was exceptional on the mound.

"He gave up two hits, eight strikeouts, and I think he threw something like 76 percent first-pitch strikes," he said. "He was all over the strike zone all day today."

Wardoup said catcher Kobe Boyd made a lot of stops in the dirt to contribute to Blindman's great performance.

The Broncos spotted Grand County a 1-0 lead in extra innings before quickly responding with a Zach Van Duren RBI double and Blindman's walk-off hit.

KC (2-2) plays Bernalillo at 3 p.m. today on the second day of the Bloomfield Invitational.

Bloomfield 4, Gallup 1 

It wasn't pretty, but Bloomfield made its way into the win column on Thursday after dropping its home opener last week.

The Bobcats strung together six hits and got a solid pitching effort from Saul Noriega, which led to a 4-1 win over Gallup at John Gutierrez Field on the first day of the Bloomfield Invitational.

Noriega pitched six-and-one-third innings in the victory. Chauncey White got the save.

White, Orlando Frias and Humberto Miramontes drove in a run apiece in the first inning. Bloomfield also scored once in the second.

Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said the win was definitely a step in the right direction, especially offensively.

"We still made quite a few mistakes, but at least our outs were loud outs, which is a lot better than last week," he said.

The Bobcats play Española Valley at 6 p.m. today.

Carlsbad 10, Aztec 0 

The Tigers fell to 2-2-1 on the season Thursday after being routed 10-0 by Carlsbad on the first day of the Carlsbad Caveman Classic.

Aztec hung in there with the Cavemen for half of the game, but fell apart in the fifth inning, according to coach Wes LePlatt.

"We played three really good innings and were down 1-0, then had a little bit of a glitch in the fourth and fell down 3-0," he said. "Then things went south for us in the fifth."

Derek Baca started for the Tigers. He was decent in the game, but didn't get a lot of help from his defense, which committed four errors.

Jake Taylor had a couple hits for Aztec, which takes on Santa Fe at noon today.

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

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