Aztec fights past Patriots 5-1
FARMINGTON – The Aztec baseball team opened play in District 1-5A with a win, toppling Miyamura 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Gallup.
Aztec head coach Wes Laplatt said he thought the Tigers played really good defense in the win.
Junior Kyler Duggins got the win on the mound for the Tigers (12-5, 1-0).
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Patriots (9-6, 0-1) tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
Aztec went on to add runs in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Laplatt said the Tigers were able to scratch some runs across with timely hits from senior Steele Justis and sophomore Dustin Sipe at the bottom of the order.
Junior Spencer Heyden added an RBI in the win.
Aztec will host Farmington (6-12) on Friday at 4 p.m.
Goddard 10, Farmington 0
Goddard 7, Farmington 2
Farmington couldn’t get its bats going and saw Goddard hit pitch after pitch into the gaps as the Rockets swept the Scorps 10-0 and 7-2 Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.
“We went out game one and walked six and made two errors," Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said. "The difference was the first couple of innings. They were hitting in plus counts, and we couldn’t throw strike one.”
After the rough start, Jac Cordova went to the mound in relief and pitched the rest of the game with Trotter saying he was really pleased with Cordova’s performance.
The Scorps (6-12) only came up with three hits in the first game, two of which came from Dominic Hines.
Farmington’s hitting woes continued in the second game as Goddard (12-2) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Kody Becenti recorded a hit.
“Nothing went right for us, but we didn’t fold,” Trotter said. “That’s one thing about this group that has been phenomenal this season, and I’m really proud of that.”
Farmington will begin play in District 1-5A on Tuesday, travelling to Gallup to face Miyamura (9-6, 0-1).
Navajo Prep 7, Zuni 1
Navajo Prep (6-6) finished its nondistrict schedule on a high note Saturday, knocking off Zuni (4-8) 7-1 to place third at the Wingate Invitational.
“We played really well. We made some big adjustments, and we made all the plays we needed to,” Prep head coach Austin Rochford said. “We did all the right things and took care of the game.”
Trevor Smith got the win for the Eagles against Zuni, pitching six innings while striking out 11 batters.
Smith also drove in three runs to help lead the Eagle offense.
Dalton Shirley added two RBIs, and Justin Cly and Tyler Pete drove in a run each.
Prep will be off until April 21 when the Eagles open district play against Tohatchi (3-7) in Gallup.
Navajo Prep 8, Shiprock 4
Navajo Prep was nothing short of dominant at the Wingate Invitational this weekend.
The Lady Eagles (9-5) outscored opponents 45-6 en route to claiming the tournament title with an 8-4 victory over Shiprock (7-8) Saturday afternoon.
“The girls played really, really well. We swung the bats really well and played great defense,” Prep head coach Bryan Heaston said. “The girls got a little tired at the end against Shiprock, but that’s kind of expected after a long weekend.”
Navajo Prep rolled to lopsided wins at the tourney on Friday, beating host Wingate 21-2 before dispatching of Zuni 16-0 later in the day.
Prep and Shiprock traded runs throughout the championship game until the Lady Eagles scored three times in the top of the seventh to take a commanding lead.
Heaston said Tisharea Tsosie, who pitched all three games for Prep, did an amazing job keeping the opposition off balance and maintaining her composure when she got into a jam.
Freshman Taina Sandoval hit four home runs in the three games to help pace Prep’s offense.
Shiprock head coach Levi Toledo could not be reached for comment.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.