Bobcats take tourney title, beat KC 10-2

Karl Schneider
Bloomfield's Kenyon Lusk pitches against Kirtland Central on Saturday at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

FARMINGTON – The Bloomfield baseball team won its home tournament for the first time since 2006, beating rival Kirtland Central 10-2 Saturday at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

“Kenyon Lusk threw six complete (innings), and he threw a gem of a game,” Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said. “The kids played really well — we only committed two errors. It was just a solid performance.”

Saturday was also the first time the Bobcats had reached the tournament final since the 2010 season.

DeHoyos said Lusk struggled early, but made a couple of adjustments and settled in after the first few innings.

Offensively, DeHoyos was very pleased with the Bobcats’ performance and their ability to stay patient at the plate.

While Bloomfield picked apart the KC pitching, Broncos head coach Bryan Wardroup said he should have had a better game plan going into the contest.

“For starters, I put a kid (Caden Flack) on the mound who’s a freshman and hadn’t pitched in 12 days. That probably wasn’t the best idea I could have come up with,” KC head coach Bryan Wardroup said. “And Bloomfield’s hitters hit it where we weren’t. They executed, and we didn’t, and that’s what it comes down to.”

Wardroup said he thinks the Broncos are suffering from a mental block when they play the Bobcats, and if they can get over it, they’ll be able to challenge Bloomfield in district play.

He also said the weekend was beneficial as his players picked up some good wins and saw where they need to improve.

“I think we benefited from the competition this weekend,” Wardroup said. “It really showed us what we need to work on and where our deficiencies are.”

Kirtland Central's Keishaun Aspaas receives a throw during a game against Bloomfield on March 11 at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

KC will play Santa Fe at Aztec’s tournament on Friday.

Bloomfield will play Taos at the St. Michael’s tournament on Thursday.

“We lost a one-run game to them in nine innings last year, and it was lack of focus," DeHoyos said. "Our whole goal is to win every inning offensively and defensively. We’re trying to keep it simple and make the routine plays. If you do that, you’re going to have a good chance to win.”

Artesia 10, Aztec 1

Aztec found success getting on base against Artesia on the final day of the Carlsbad Invitational, but struggled to bring anyone around to score, and the result was a 10-1 loss to the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad.

“We played better, we just can’t seem to win that break point,” Aztec head coach Wes Laplatt said. “We left 14 runners on base, they left four.”

The Tigers notched 11 hits on the day, with Zach Taylor and Beau Crawford each recording three hits in the loss.

Aztec will host Montezuma-Cortez, Colo., on Friday in the first round of its home tournament.

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