Bobcats split doubleheader with Hope Christian
Bloomfield bounces back from Standley's perfect game to take game two
BLOOMFIELD – After enduring a perfect game thrown by Hope Christian's Joe Standley in the opener, the Bloomfield baseball team bounced back to split Saturday's doubleheader at John Gutierrez Field.
Chauncey White pitched the second game for the Bobcats (6-7), and though it wasn't his smoothest start of the year, he earned the win by striking out three batters, walking three, giving up 10 hits and letting in four earned runs in a complete-game effort. White sputtered in the sixth when he let in three runs to shrink Bloomfield's advantage to 8-7, but he received some inspiring words from his coach and battled through it.Standley was incredible with 19 strikeouts. The senior added four RBI from the plate in an all-around dominant effort to guide Hope to an 8-0 win, but the Bobcats gathered themselves and took the second game 8-7.
"I told him, 'You busted your butt, go get a damn win right now. Go get it, it's yours,'" Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said. "(Pitching) coach (Jim) Belveal has done a great job with the pitchers. And now we're trying to push them to go further and stronger and longer in games, and Chauncey did that today."
Bloomfield seized control of the second game with three runs in the bottom of the first, but Hope Christian (11-5), the second-ranked team in Class 4A, answered fast with three in the top of the second. Two of those runs were unearned to White, as the Bobcat infield committed a pair of two-out errors to keep a Hope rally alive.
The Bobcats fell behind 4-3 in the third but regained the lead for good in the bottom half of that inning when Orlando Frias tripled in a run and later scored on a passed ball. Bloomfield would add three insurance runs over the next two innings, and it would need each one of them to fend off Hope's sixth-inning rally.
After White allowed the three runs in the sixth, he regained his composure to get out of the inning. He then pitched a perfect top half of the seventh to close things out.
Frias was big for the Bobcats in the win, going 3 for 4 with two triples and an RBI. Rogelio Gonzales went 2 for 3 with a triple and a run scored, and Saul Noriega also went 2 for 3 with an RBI single.
Bloomfield has struggled to find consistency this season, never winning more than three consecutive games at any point. DeHoyos said he hopes the team's marquee win on Saturday can fire his players up for the stretch run.
"We can go back and talk about what could have been all we want, like, 'Hey, we should be 9-1' or whatever, but you can't change those. What you can do is say, 'Hey, look fellas, we just beat No. 2,'" DeHoyos said. "You catch these guys on day two or three of the state tournament, and Standley's not on the bump, and you've got a chance."
Bloomfield faces a stiff district test next week when it plays Shiprock (14-1) in a Thursday doubleheader.
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