Bloomfield rolls past Zuni, eyes district title
FARMINGTON – The Bloomfield softball team took care of business and swept Zuni 16-0 and 20-3 during a doubleheader on Tuesday at the Bloomfield Softball Complex.
“Our bats were really good. I was really proud of them and their discipline at the plate,” Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said.
Bella DeHerrera hit a three-run home run and added a double and a single in the first game to help the Lady Bobcats.
Clark said the Lady Bobcats played sound defense throughout both games.
The pair of wins over the Lady Thunderbirds (6-18, 0-8 District 1-4A) puts Bloomfield (18-6, 8-0) tied atop the district standings with Kirtland Central (17-7, 8-0).
Bloomfield will host KC for a doubleheader on Thursday with the District 1-4A title on the line. Clark’s message to the Lady Bobcats entering that contest is to simply stay focused and disciplined.
“Kirtland is a good team,” Clark said. “They (the Lady Bobcats) need to be patient at the plate. They need to be present and do what they know how to do. They have a lot of talent and just need to do what they know how to do. It will be some good games, but if they do that, they’ll be all right.”
San Juan, Utah, 9, Bloomfield 4
It has been an up-and-down season for the Bloomfield baseball team, and the issues that have plagued the Bobcats during the course of the season reared their head in a 9-4 loss to Blanding, Utah’s, San Juan High School (11-9) Tuesday at John Gutierrez Field in Bloomfield.
“Everything crept back up out of nowhere, and we didn’t play well or know how to handle it. When we implode, we implode,” DeHoyos said.
DeHoyos said selfish play among the Bobcats was a big issue in the loss, and he hopes it will serve as a wakeup call for his team.
Brendon Charley hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
But after that Bloomfield started to fall apart.
The Bobcats finished the day with five hits while they gave up 11 to the Broncos.
Bloomfield (15-8, 8-0 District 1-4A) will play a doubleheader at Kirtland Central (15-9, 7-1) on Thursday. Bloomfield needs to win one of the games to capture the district title while a sweep for the Broncos would give them the title.
“We talked about it today. ‘Let’s regroup, refocus and get back to who we are,’” DeHoyos said. “Kirtland is a dangerous baseball team. They’re not going to lay down, and neither are we. It’s going to be fun.”
Kirtland Central 12, Thoreau 1
Kirtland Central (15-9, 7-1) needed a win against Thoreau (2-19, 0-8) to keep its hopes of a district title intact and the Broncos came through with a 12-1 win over the Hawks on the road.
“We got some of the nonstarters in to play, and they had some success. We hit the ball well. We had 13 hits and drew four walks,” KC head coach Bryan Wardroup said. “We got some of the usual starters some extended rest, and it was a good, all-around day.”
Derek Curley earned the win for the Broncos, giving up three hits and one walk while striking out nine batters.
Offensively, the Broncos got big days from Brock Beckstead, Kesean Joe and Shane Roanhorse, who combined to go 8 for 10 and four RBIs.
Wardroup said he decided to rest some of his regular starters so they could keep their focus on Thursday’s doubleheader against Bloomfield, which will decide the District 1-4A champion.
“The mental approach when you’re playing a team like Bloomfield is a lot different. I think the younger guys being able to step up and get the win without us having to play the older guys really allowed the older guys to keep their mentality and focus on the task at hand Thursday.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.