Begay throws one-hitter, strikes out 17 in win
Bloomfield, Kirtland Central win on second day of Bloomfield Invite
ALBUQUERQUE – Shiprock’s Dylan Begay was as dominant as a pitcher could be for the Chieftains Friday afternoon against Dove Creek, Colo.
Begay, a sophomore, took a no-hitter into the seventh inning but lost the bid after the first out. Begay went on to record the next two outs after giving up the one hit and struck out 17 of the 22 batters he faced to help the Chieftains to a 1-0 win at Shiprock High.
“He throws hard,” Shiprock head coach Alfred Baer said of Begay, who retired the first 19 batters. “He mixed in his changeup and curveball, and they couldn’t touch it. He got behind 3-2 a couple of times and then threw his off-speed stuff and buckled their knees. I’m very proud of him. He did exceptionally well.”
The game was a scoreless tie going into the bottom of the sixth when Shiprock's Pedro Tom drew a walk to get on base. After being bunted over to second, Tom reached third on a misplayed ball by the Dove Creek catcher. Then, another misplayed ball got behind the catcher, and Tom dashed home, sidestepped the tag and touched the plate for the game’s only run.
Shiprock will play Nucla, Colo., on Thursday at the San Juan Slugfest Tourney in Blanding, Utah.
Bloomfield 9, Española Valley 5
Bloomfield did a little bit of everything, and the result was a 9-5 win over Española Valley at the Bloomfield Invitational Friday night at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.
“It was one of those games we needed,” Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said. “We were excited and had a lot of fun."
Chauncey White earned the win for the Bobcats, and Orlando Frias picked up the save.
At the plate, White finished 3 for 3, and Frias had three runs batted in.
Bloomfield will face Kirtland Central in the tournament’s final at 3 p.m. today.
Kirtland Central 9, Bernalillo 2
Kirtland Central punched its ticket to the final at the Bloomfield Invitational with a 9-2 win over Bernalillo Friday at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.
KC head coach Bryan Wardroup missed the game after being admitted to the hospital early Friday morning, but said he was proud of the Broncos for rallying around each other without him.
“I’m just excited my boys performed, even though I wasn’t there,” Wardroup said in a text message. “I've got such a great group. I had text messages right after the game from about five or six kids saying, 'Coach, we hope you’re OK, and we got the win for you.' ”
KC will play Bloomfield in the tourney’s final at 3 p.m. today.
Aztec 16, Santa Fe 4
Aztec picked up an easy win over 6A Santa Fe, blasting the Demons 16-4 at the Carlsbad High invitational Friday in Carlsbad.
Sophomore Cody Smith got the win for the Tigers while going 4 for 5 at the plate.
“Cody smashed a couple of curveballs for a double and a triple, and we took advantage of their (the Demons’) mistakes and pitched well,” Aztec head coach Wes Laplatt said.
Steele Justice also finished the day 4 for 5 for the Tigers.
Aztec will close out the tournament Saturday against Artesia.
Piedra Vista 12, Littleton, Colo., 0
Piedra Vista put together its best game of the young season Friday, shutting out Littleton, Colo., 12-0 during the Farmington Scorpion Invitational at Ricketts Park.
“In every area of the game, pitching, hitting, fielding and running the bases, it was our best overall performance today,” PV head coach Mike McGaha said. “We worked really hard to get caught up in some areas, and today we put some things together.”
Fabian Magallanes pitched all five innings for the Panthers. McGaha said Magallanes did a good job of pounding the strike zone and that the defense played well behind him.
PV will play Belen in the tournament final at 4:30 p.m. today.
Belen 8, Farmington 5
A seventh-inning collapse doomed Farmington to an 8-5 loss to Belen in the second round of the Scorps’ invitational Friday at Ricketts Park.
FHS scored three runs in the sixth to tie the game at 5, then recorded the first two outs of the seventh on three pitches. But back-to-back walks, a hit batter, a single and a few wild pitches allowed three runs to cross the plate for Belen.
“We just kind of lost it. It wasn’t a good night on the mound,” Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said. “We need to do a better job at the plate, too. We had five hits on the day and just one extra-base hit. It’s not exclusively on the mound.”
Farmington will play Littleton, Colo., in the third place game at 2 p.m. today.
Navajo Prep 10, Zuni 1
Navajo Prep 8, Zuni 3
Navajo Prep picked up its first two wins of the season in emphatic fashion on Friday, routing Zuni in a doubleheader by final scores of 10-1 and 8-3 at the Farmington Sports Complex.
Prep’s Dalton Shirley was lights out on the mound, striking out 13 Zuni hitters while allowing only two hits and one run in the first game.
“He was hitting the strike zone and throwing a lot harder than I’ve seen him throw, actually,” Eagles assistant Luke Debolt said.
The bats were firing on all cylinders, as well. Kasey James drove in four runs in the first win.
Kameron Jishie spearheaded the second win with two doubles and three RBI. Prep spread its scoring out by notching at least one run in the each of the first five innings.
Trevor Smith struck out eight batters to earn the win in game two. The Eagles travel to Aztec for games at 3 and 5 p.m. Monday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.