White paces Bobcats with perfect performance

Karl Schneider

FARMINGTON – Bloomfield’s Chauncey White was perfect on the mound Tuesday at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.

The senior pitcher took the bump for the Bobcats (14-8, 6-0) in the second game of their doubleheader against Thoreau (2-16, 0-5) and threw a perfect game in the 15-0 win. The game was called after the fifth inning via the run rule.

“It was nice to be on the giving end of that instead of the receiving end,” Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said, referencing Hope Christian’s Joe Standle's no-hitter against the Bobcats earlier this season. “Chauncey is Chauncey. He’s really been our go-to guy on the bump, and he’s really gotten the job done. He pitched his fastball well inside and out, and mixed in his curveball.”

White and Orlando Frias hit home runs in the win to help pace Bloomfield offense.

Behind White, DeHoyos said freshman shortstop Rogelio Gonzales made a few great plays to keep the perfect game intact.

“Rogelio Gonzales made a couple of really nice short-hop and slow-rolling plays right behind the mound, and I don’t think the kid realizes that it’s not supposed to look that easy. A couple of times I just said, ‘Whoa.’”

In the first game against the Hawks, Saul Noreiga hit a three-run home run, which DeHoyos said woke up Bloomfield’s bats.

Kenyon Lusk and Adriano Stevenson combined to throw a one-hitter during the 13-0 win.

Bloomfield will host Zuni (4-13, 0-6) for a doubleheader on Thursday.

Kirtland Central 16, Wingate 4

Kirtland Central 12, Wingate 0

Kirtland Central (13-8, 5-0) found production up and down its lineup in a pair of lopsided wins over Wingate (4-12, 2-4) Tuesday in Kirtland.

The Broncos rolled to a 16-4 win in the first game of the doubleheader, then got stronger in the second game for a 12-0 victory.

Derek Curley got the win in the first game while the Broncos racked up 18 hits in the game.

“We got production all through the lineup and played good defense,” KC head coach Bryan Wardroup said.

Zach Van Duren recorded two triples and five RBIs in the first game.

In the second game, Cadan Flack shut the Bears down, giving up three hits while striking out 13 and allowing no walks.

Ty Yellowman finished both games 5 for 5 with five RBIs, and Keishaun Aspaas tallied six stolen bases on the day.

KC will play at Shiprock (17-3, 4-2) on Thursday.

“We talked after the games tonight about how important the next 48 hours are,” Wardroup said. “There were a couple of things that came up today that we need to work on. We can’t wait the first few innings to get going at the plate. We have to come out early, and we can’t shut it down at any point.”

Shiprock 17, Zuni 0

Shiprock 22, Zuni 1

Shiprock (17-3, 4-2) used its doubleheader against Zuni (4-13, 0-6) to get everyone on the roster playing time and rest some of its key players while cruising past the Thunderbirds 17-0 and 22-1 Tuesday in Zuni.

“Our plan was to get everyone some playing time and keep everyone fresh,” Shiprock head coach Alfred Baer said. “We pitched well and played well on defense.”

Offensively, Baer said several players recorded multiple hits, and the Chieftains cut down on their strikeouts, which has been a point of focus for the team.

Shiprock will host Kirtland Central on Thursday. Going into the rivalry game, Baer said keeping the Chieftains focused throughout the day will be key if they want to sweep the doubleheader.

“We need to try to keep them settled down and focus. We need to finish the whole game and not leave some holes that we can’t come back from,” he said. “These are the games we need to win, and definitely want to win, to press on.”

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