Scorps come through with sweep of Academy

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – The Farmington baseball team picked up a pair of wins over Albuquerque Academy Saturday, downing the Chargers 3-0 and 7-2 in a doubleheader at Ricketts Park.

Dominic Martinez pitched a complete game in the first game, giving up four hits and no runs over seven innings while the Scorps played a clean game with no errors behind him.

“I don’t know that he threw more than one off-speed pitch for a strike, and it was just one of those performances where he went out there and competed,” Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said. “It was a great performance from him, which is what we’ve seen from him. In three of his starts, he’s thrown three shutouts, and that’s what we expect of him.”

Farmington was held without a hit through the first three innings of the first game, but got things going with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth to break the hitless and scoreless streak.

Farmington's Dominic Hines tags out Albuquerque Academy's Jon Saiz on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

Garrett Farmer hit a slow roller that scored Kody Becenti from third. After Dominic Martinez singled and Gavin Martin was hit by a pitch, Bryce Washburn dropped a single into shallow right field that scored two and made it 3-0.

In the second game, Washburn drove in two runs in the second to give Farmington (6-9) an early lead.

Academy (4-8) tied the game at 2 in the top of the fourth, but Farmington answered in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead with an RBI single from David Saldivar.

Farmington kept rolling in the fifth.

Secrest got things started with a double, then Becenti singled to put runners on the corners. After Becenti stole second, Keaton Christy laid a bunt down the first-base line that ended with both runners scoring and Christy safe at first. In the next at-bat, Garrett Farmer doubled to the wall in left to drive in Christy and make it 6-2.

“We took another big step forward at the plate today,” Trotter said. “I think it’s just one of those things where we get more confidence with more and more reps. I’m really proud of the effort, and we had some good at-bats.”

Farmington's Dominic Martinez slides under Albuquerque Academy's Thomas Braybrooks to reach third base on Saturday at Ricketts Park.

Farmington added to its lead in the sixth with an RBI single from Dominic Hines.

Farmington will play at Sandia Prep (10-4) on Friday.

Volcano Vista 3, Piedra Vista 2

St. Pius X 4, Piedra Vista 3

Piedra Vista struggled to make routine plays on multiple occasions, and the mishaps came back to hurt the Panthers in a pair of losses Saturday in Albuquerque.

PV dropped its morning game to Volcano Vista 3-2, then gave up four runs in seventh inning to fall 4-3 to St. Pius X.

PV head coach Mike McGaha said he thought the Panthers gave both games way.

“The effort was good enough to win, but we lost focus at crucial parts of the game when we let things mount up," McGaha said.

Against Volcano Vista (11-5) the Panthers (12-7) left multiple runners in scoring position and gave up two unearned runs.

Against Pius (6-7), the Panthers led 3-0 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but a mounting pitch count on starter Elijah Gamboa began to take its toll. Needing a fresh arm, PV brought in Jeremy Griffith to try to get out of a bases-loaded jam, but Griffith walked in the final run to end the game.

“I like the competition level, and I felt like we were good enough to win both games, but we were definitely bad enough to deserve to lose both,” McGaha said.

PV will open play in District 1-5A on Thursday at Gallup (3-13).

Shiprock 8, Hot Springs 0

Shiprock has been on a tear this season, and nothing slowed the Chieftains down at the Thoreau tournament this weekend as they rolled to an 8-0 win over Hot Springs in the championship game Saturday.

During the tournament, Shiprock’s pitching was the difference, and it was no different in the final with Cameron Phillips shutting down Hot Springs (7-4).

“Our pitching was better than anybody else’s hitting throughout the whole tournament,” Shiprock head coach Alfred Baer said. “We had good, strong pitching from Cameron Phillips, who went all seven innings with 12 strikeouts. He was in control from the first pitch until the last.”

Offensively, the Chieftains (11-1) got a good performance at the plate from Dylan Begay, who finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

The Chieftains will play at Aztec (9-4) on Tuesday.

Baer said he wants to see the Cheiftains’ bats be more productive so they won’t have to rely so heavily on their pitching, which has been the strongest part of their game this season.

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