FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista softball team wrapped up the Torrance National Tournament with a win, fighting off California’s Rio Mesa 11-9 in eight innings Saturday night in Torrance, Calif.
“It was a great weekend for us. We met the goals we set for ourselves coming out here,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “Any time you can win three games out here is a bonus, too. I’m extremely proud of this group.”
PV and Rio Mesa were knotted at 4-4 after seven innings, and the Lady Panthers exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth.
The Lady Panthers almost gave the lead away, but Werth said senior Aleja Armenta, who pitched all eight innings, finished strong to earn the win.
PV will play a doubleheader at 6A Cibola on Saturday.
Shiprock 11, Capital 5
The Lady Chieftians completed their mission in Santa Fe by defeating Capital 9-5 on Saturday for the Santa Fe Indian School Tournament championship.
Lisa Begay set the tone with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning. Begay knocked in another run in the second, and Shiprock took firm control of the game by scoring three runs in the fourth.
Ahead 8-2 in the seventh inning, Capital made a run by scoring three times. But Shiprock (3-5) put an exclamation point on the tournament by notching three more runs in the bottom half of the seventh to cap the win.
"We came to compete in every game we played," Shiprock coach Levi Toledo said. "We still have more work to do, but we played together, and did well on offense and defense."
Brianna Littlecrow and Serena Pete knocked in four runs combined in the victory.
Bloomfield 9, Raton 1
The Bobcat baseball team salvaged one win in the St. Michael's tourney by trumping Raton 9-1 on Saturday in Santa Fe.
After losing 7-5 to Taos on Thursday and 1-0 to Cobre in nine innings on Friday, Bloomfield got into a groove on Saturday afternoon with nine hits.
"We just executed well and played a good, solid baseball game today," Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said. "And that's awesome, because when you play two tough, emotional games like we did, it shows some mental toughness to answer the call on that third day."
Kenyon Lusk went 2 for 2 with two RBI, and Humberto Miramontes and Brendon Charley had an RBI apiece.
Corbin Nelson took the hill for the Bobcats and turned in a very solid game, according to DeHoyos.
"Corbin went six up, six down in the first two innings," he said. "He gave us the kind of effort we needed today. It was good to see."
After spring break, Bloomfield (2-3) gets back to work against Wingate with a road doubleheader on April 5.
San Juan, Utah, 9, Shiprock 3
Shiprock lost for the first time this season on Saturday when it fell 9-3 to San Juan, Utah, on the final day of the San Juan Slugfest in Blanding, Utah.
Chieftains coach Alfred Baer could not be reached for comment by press time.
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