Scorps use 11-run second inning to crush Gallup

Karl Schneider
Farmington's Keaton Christy is congratulated by the Scorps during the game against Gallup on Thursday at Ricketts Park.

FARMINGTON – The Farmington baseball team got back on track in District 1-5A with a 14-1 win over Gallup on Thursday at Ricketts Park.

Dominic Martinez gave up two hits in five innings of work to pick up the win for Farmington.

“It starts on the mound. He wasn’t exceptional tonight, but for the most part, he threw strikes,” Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said of Martinez. “He’d hit a guy or walk a guy, but then he came back and got himself out of whatever issue he might have had. It was a step forward for him.”

The Scorps scored twice in the first inning, getting an RBI from Dominic Hines and Ethan Secrest.

Farmington blew the game open in the second inning, sending 17 batters to the plate en route to an 11-run inning.

Farmington had eight hits on the day, and drew five walks and saw three batters hit while Gallup threw a few wild pitches to help the Scorps make it around the bases.

“When it’s almost effectively wild, it can be hard to stay plugged in (at the plate), and I think our guys did a pretty good job,” Trotter said. “We didn’t try to do anything special and got swings.”

The Scorps (8-14, 2-2) added one run in the third.

Farmington's David Saldivar flips the ball to Bryce Washburn to turn a double play against Gallup on Thursday at Ricketts Park.

Gallup (5-19, 0-5) scored its lone run in the top of the fifth inning.

Hines and Secrest led the Scorps with three RBIs each.

Farmington will host Miyamura (10-9, 1-4) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Scorps rolled past the Patriots 13-2 on April 12 in Gallup.

“They’ve played some good games, and we have to understand that just because we beat them at their place doesn’t mean they’re going to roll over,” Trotter said. “They’re fighting for their playoff lives, too.”

Piedra Vista 16, Gallup 0

Piedra Vista wrapped up its third game in as many days in dominant fashion, blasting Gallup 16-0 Thursday afternoon at Ricketts Park.

Entering the game, the Panthers (17-7, 5-0) had a few things they wanted to fine tune.

“We went to the short game in the second inning, and that was the work we needed to get out of this game,” PV head coach Mike McGaha said. “We really wanted to focus on playing against the ball instead of the opponent. The scoreboard was off, and we wanted to approach every inning like it was 0-0, and that’s what we did.”

Gallup struggled to find the strike zone throughout the day. The Bengals walked eight and hit four Panthers to help PV’s cause.

PV recorded seven hits in the win.

After scoring three runs in the first, PV piled on nine runs while sending 13 batters to the plate in the second inning. The Panthers tacked on four more runs in the fourth.

Seven Panthers recorded an RBI in the game with Andrew Caliendo leading the way after driving in five runs.

PV will be off until Tuesday when the Panthers play at Miyamura (10-9, 1-4). McGaha said he plans to give the team some time off to recover from the three-game stretch and enjoy life outside of baseball.

“We’ve got prom this coming weekend, and, hopefully, they make the right decisions off of the field,” he said. “They deserve to be treated like big boys, so we’ll turn them loose a little bit this weekend and see if they can duplicate their play in the second half of district.”

Aztec 9, Miyamura 0

Aztec bounced back from Wednesday’s 14-1 loss to Piedra Vista and cruised past Miyamura 9-0 Thursday in Aztec.

Kyler Duggins earned the win for the Tigers (16-6, 4-1), pitching a complete game.

“He didn’t have his best stuff, but he really worked through it and was smart about the pitches he was throwing,” Aztec head coach Wes Laplatt said of Duggins.

The Tigers strung their hits together in the second and third innings, scoring five runs in the second and four in the third.

Steele Justis led the Tigers with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.

After back-to-back games, Aztec will have today off before traveling to Gallup to take on the Bengals on Saturday.

“I think today was a big step because we were able come back and focus, and I want us to stay in that same mindset through the rest of the season,” Laplatt said.

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