Broncos overcome slow start, sweep Navajo Prep

Karl Schneider
Kirtland Central's Keishaun Aspaas throws out a Navajo Prep runner at first base during their game on April 4 at Kirtland Central High School.

FARMINGTON — The Kirtland Central baseball team picked up two wins to end it nondistrict schedule, rolling past Navajo Prep 12-2 and 11-1 Monday afternoon in Kirtland.

Navajo Prep (4-5) jumped out to 2-0 in the second inning after a pair of KC (7-8) errors and held on to a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the fifth.

KC head coach Bryan Wardroup said the Broncos struggled to adjust to the Eagles’ pitching, but they figured things out in the fifth and took a 5-2 lead.

“We came out real slow and didn’t decide that we wanted to come out with the sticks until the fourth inning,” Wardroup said. “We didn’t give up an earned run in either game, and it’s walks and errors that continue to kill us.”

The Broncos added seven runs in the sixth innings.

Derek Curley finished the first game 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.

Curley then pitched the second game for KC and continued his strong performance at the plate, going 3 for 3 with an RBI.

In the second game, Wardroup said he played younger players to get them experience at the varsity level and was pleased with their performances, with sophomore BrayYel Wilson going 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Kirtland Central's Cadan Flack pitches against Navajo Prep on Monday at Kirtland Central High School.

KC will begin its District 1-4A schedule on Thursday, traveling to Zuni to take on the Thunderbirds (2-4) in a doubleheader.

Prep will play at the Wingate Invite on Friday and Saturday. The Eagles’ first round opponent has yet to be determined.

Miyamura 9, Bloomfield 2

Bloomfield’s up-and-down start to the season continued Monday as the Bobcats fell to Miyamura 9-2 at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

The Bobcats struggled to get anything going at the plate, recording just three hits in the game.

“We’re just not hitting the baseball. We’re not seeing it well right now, and we don’t have an approach going to the plate, and it has shown the last two games,” Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said. “We’re struggling with the mental side of hitting the baseball.”

DeHoyos said the Patriots (10-5) did a good job of putting the ball in play and hitting it where the Bobcats (5-6) weren’t.

Bloomfield will begin district play on Thursday, hosting Wingate (0-7) for a doubleheader.

DeHoyos said the main focus heading into the doubleheader will be breaking out of the hitting slump that is plaguing the team.

“They kept battling and working, and their effort was there. We’re just going through one of those baseball slumps right now. They’re trying to work themselves out of it right now, so that’s what we’re doing,” DeHoyos said. “Our goal is still to win the district.”

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