Bloomfield bats key a pair of wins over Wingate
Piedra Vista gets going in the third, downs Gallup 12-3
FARMINGTON – A struggling Bloomfield offense snapped into gear on Thursday en route to a pair of blowout victories.
After managing only three total runs over two losses, the Bobcats (7-9) blasted Wingate 11-1 and 16-0 in a doubleheader played at John Gutierrez Field.
"Offensively, these games let us know we're more than capable of hitting the baseball," Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said. "I don't care who you're playing against, when you hit the ball hard, and it comes off the bat hard, it feels good."
Orlando Frias was right in the thick of the offensive explosion in the first game with a three-run home run. Corbin Nelson was great for Bloomfield from the mound, throwing a one-hitter.
Frias and freshman Manuel Weakhee teamed up to hurl a shutout against Wingate in the second game.
Chauncey White and Kenyon Lusk each jacked home runs in the second victory. Bloomfield will have its hands full on Saturday when Hope Christian — currently ranked second in Class 4A — comes into town for a doubleheader.
"I'm super excited about those games," DeHoyos said. "We're going to get to see a lefty who throws 90 miles per hour in Joe Staley. The state tournament's about a month away, so it's time to see what we can do against (Staley) and a team like this. That's always tough."
The games against Hope will be at noon and 2 p.m. at John Gutierrez Field.
Piedra Vista 12, Gallup 3
The Panthers brushed off a so-so first couple of innings to slug Gallup 12-3 on Thursday on the road.
Fabian Magallanes started and got the win for PV (14-7), which was mired in a 2-2 tie through two innings of play before breaking through in the third.
Logan Klunder hit a three-run home run and Brandon Gardenhire went 4 for 5 as the Panthers picked up six combined runs in the third and fourth to crack the game open.
The win over Gallup (5-15) went the full seven innings, which didn't add up to PV coach Mike McGaha.
"Whenever you get 16 hits and the other team has five errors, and you don't get out of there in five innings, you know some weird stuff took place," he said. "The field conditions were very poor, and the officiating was very lopsided. Otherwise, we would have run-ruled them."
McGaha said he was pleased that his offense registered four extra-base hits, as the team's power had been lacking of late. But he's looking to improve in other areas.
"Today, we did something we hadn't done in a while, which was strike out looking five times," he said. "We did a lot of good things, especially at the plate, but of course there are things to work on, and now, we've got a week to work on them."
PV hosts Miyamura (9-5) on Thursday.
Kirtland Central 21, Zuni 0
Kirtland Central 18, Zuni 1
A balanced attack keyed a dominant day for the Broncos (9-8), who disposed of Zuni 21-0 and 18-1 on the road.
KC freshman Shane Roanhorse hit for the cycle and scored five runs in the first win on Thursday over the Thunderbirds (3-7), one in which the visitors managed two inside-the-park home runs.
Broncos coach Bryan Wardroup said the offensive outburst from Roanhorse was encouraging.
"He hasn't gotten a whole lot of playing time for us — he's one of those floater guys bouncing around between varsity and junior varsity," Wardroup said. "He was obviously seeing the ball well today."
KC pitcher Cochise Sorrelhorse was masterful in the first game with 10 strikeouts and no runs allowed. BrayYel Wilson pitched the second game and whiffed six batters while allowing one run.
The Broncos managed 33 hits over the two wins and committed no errors on the day. KC will pay Santa Fe Indian School a visit on Monday.
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