FARMINGTON – The Shiprock baseball team had to deal with more than an opponent on the field Tuesday afternoon as wind gusts topping 40 mph blew dust and the ball in all directions.
“I’ve been out there a long time, and this was tops for wind and dust. It was miserable,” Shiprock head coach Alfred Baer said. “The dust was flying, and the wind kept picking up. It got progressively worse as the game went on.”
The Chieftains overcame the conditions and blasted Dolores, Colo., 14-4, using the wind to their advantage.
Baer said the Chieftains (8-1) consistently put the ball in play, and with the wind whipping, it was tough for Dolores (0-4) to make plays in the field.
“The wind had such a big impact on it for both sides,” he said. “We’d put the bat on the ball, and the other team would have to make an adjustment on the ball. It’d go up and go 10 different directions, and a lot of balls weren’t caught.”
Dylan Begay earned the win for Shiprock, and Cameron Phillips picked up the save.
Baer said the wind also played a factor in pitching, with the ball being pushed out of the strike zone.
Shiprock will be off until March 31 when the Chieftains play Magdalena (0-4) at Thoreau’s tournament.
Bloomfield 7, St. Michael’s 2
St. Michael’s 13, Bloomfield 7
Bloomfield split its doubleheader against St. Michael’s (7-8) 7-2 and 13-7 Tuesday afternoon at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield with the Bobcats falling victim to an uncharacteristic bout of selfishness in the 13-7 loss.
The Bobcats (5-4) led 7-0 with two outs in the top of the fifth, but that’s when head coach Frank DeHoyos said his players began focusing on themselves instead of the team.
“Corbin Nelson threw 5 and 2/3 (innings), and he absolutely had the best pitching performance of the year. He absolutely threw his tail off. It was phenomenal,” DeHoyos said. “And then we had the biggest meltdown in our program since I’ve been here. We imploded, had a meltdown, and the last nine outs of the ball game were just selfish baseball.”
The Bobcats allowed four unearned runs with two outs in the fifth, then another five unearned runs in the sixth to see their lead disappear.
DeHoyos said the Bobcats played a solid game in the 7-2 win, with Chauncey White earning the win and Brendan Charley securing the save. Bloomfield finished the game with 12 hits.
Bloomfield will play a doubleheader at Aztec (5-3) on Tuesday.
Tolleson, Ariz. 4, Piedra Vista 3
Piedra Vista gave up two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to fall to Tolleson, Ariz., 4-3 in the Panthers’ first game of the Coach Bob Invitational Tuesday night in Phoenix.
“We had one of those kinds of losses that is going to be hard to get over for me,” PV head coach Mike McGaha said.
With two outs and no one on base in the fifth inning, the Panthers gave up back-to-back walks and a double to allow Tolleson to cut the lead to 3-2.
Then in the sixth, Tolleson led off the inning with a double and an infield single to put runners on first and third. A sacrifice fly tied the game. Then, with two outs and a runner on third, relief pitcher Jeremy Griffith was called for a balk, which brought in Tolleson’s final run.
McGaha said there were multiple questionable calls, including the balk.
PV will continue play at the tourney against Conifer, Colo., this afternoon.
Kirtland Central 6, Gallup 2
Kirtland Central 8, Gallup 7
The Kirtland Central softball team picked up two wins in miserable conditions Tuesday, beating Gallup 6-2 and 8-7 during a doubleheader at Kirtland Central High School.
KC head coach Cody Gilmore said high wind speeds were a factor in the game, but the Lady Broncos quickly adjusted and used the wind to their advantage.
“In the first inning, we were trying to pull the ball, and the way our field is set up, there was no point in trying to pull the ball,” Gilmore said. “We made a few adjustments, and it worked out in our favor.”
In the first game, the Lady Broncos (7-7) jumped to an early lead, scoring three runs in the first two innings, and held on for the win.
In game two, KC again jumped to a quick lead, taking a 4-1 lead after the first inning, but allowed the Lady Bengals (2-5) to battle back. After six innings, the game was tied at 7.
KC’s Shiloh Lewis hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to push the Lady Broncos ahead for the win.
KC will host Farmington (1-9) on Tuesday.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.