Aztec and FHS baseball teams win easily ahead of rivalry game
FARMINGTON – A wild final two half innings of play highlighted a day that was all about the offense on Tuesday in Shiprock.
The Lady Chieftains broke a 9-9 tie with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, but then nearly coughed the game up, letting Rehoboth Christian score four times in the top of the seventh. Shiprock sneaked away with a 14-13 win at Shiprock High School to reach the .500 mark at 8-8 on the season.
Rehoboth (10-2) came into the game ranked third in Class 3A. Shiprock snapped the Lady Lynx eight-game win streak.
Senior Shelbie Little was better from the plate than the circle on Tuesday. With the bases loaded and the score tied at nine in the sixth, Little hit a bases-clearing laser over the third baseman's head to give her team the lead. Adarra Jim and Alisha Wilson drove in the final two runs of the frame on RBI singles, with Wilson's being the game-winner.
All four Rehoboth runs in the seventh were charged to Little, who walked three in the inning. Shiprock coach Levi Toledo said she struggled to hit her spots.
"I was telling Shelbie to work the corners more, keep working the corners," he said. "She was missing the strike zone. I don't know, maybe the pressure got to her."
Shiprock breathed a sigh of relief when Litttle got the last batter of the game to ground out with the game-tying run on base.
The Lady Chieftains hit the road to play Bloomfield (10-6) in a Thursday doubleheader.
Shiprock 11, Dove Creek, Colo., 2
Shiprock extended its win streak to eight games on Tuesday with an 11-2 victory over Dove Creek, Colo., (4-8) on the road.
Julian Aspaas and Cameron Phillips each went three innings from the mound for the Chieftains (15-1) and allowed one run apiece.
Arjay Miller ignited Shiprock's offense in the top of the first with a two-run home run. The Chieftains then broke a 2-1 game wide open in the fourth with five runs.
Next up for Shiprock is a a pair of Thursday showdowns against Bloomfield (8-7) at 3 and 5 p.m. Chieftains coach Alfred Baer said a lot is at stake in the doubleheader.
"We want to prove our worth and prove we're for real," he said. "Our boys are excited, parents are excited, the community's excited ... We're peaking, and I think we're prepared."
Farmington 13, Miyamura 2
Dominic Hines went 4 for 4 and led a Farmington team that sleepwalked through the first three innings to a 13-2 road win over Miyamura (9-7) on Tuesday.
The Scorpions (7-12) trailed 2-0 after three innings before waking up in the fourth with three runs. Hines kicked off the fourth with a single and was right in the thick of an eight-run, fifth-inning rally with a two-RBI double.
Farmington assistant coach Brian Campbell said Hines has been hitting his stride lately.
"He's given us a nice spark for the last little bit. He's been seeing the ball well," Campbell said. "Just hitting balls on a line and finding some grass."
The Scorps visit Aztec (12-5) at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Aztec 9, Gallup 0
A 75-minute lightning delay didn't stop Aztec from shutting Gallup (5-16) down 9-0 on Tuesday in Aztec.
It was senior night for the Tigers, so coach Wes LePlatt sat three of his usual starters in favor of an all-senior starting lineup. Aztec got going in the second inning with six runs, which were more than enough.
Cody Smith pitched the first three innings and looked good, but didn't return after the long delay. Beau Crawford finished the game and threw well, according to LePlatt.
"Beau is a guy we don't use very often, so it was good to see him throw strikes when we called on him," LePlatt said.
Jake Taylor, Derek Baca and Spencer Heyden all registered two hits in the ballgame.
Kirtland Central 11, Santa Fe Indian School 3
The Broncos made it five wins in a row on Monday by defeating Santa Fe Indian School 11-3 on the road behind a nine-run sixth-inning rally.
Santa Fe Indian pitching gave Kirtland Central (10-8) fits with 14 strikeouts. The Braves (7-4) took a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning, where KC scored once, before exploding in the sixth.
Zach Van Duren went 2 for 3 in the game and blasted a two-RBI double during KC's monstrous sixth inning. Cameron Pinkerton went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
The bottom of the lineup got the job done for KC on Monday, as all 10 of the team's hits came from the fourth-through-ninth slots in the order. KC committed three errors in the first four innings, which coach Bryan Wardroup said was nearly its downfall.
"All three of our runs were unearned, so we kept up the trend of hurting ourselves," Wardroup said. "Luckily, we got it going with the bats."
The Broncos welcome Thoreau (2-13) into Kirtland for a doubleheader on Thursday.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.