Aztec dominates in season-opening tourney

Karl Schneider, and Jake Newby
Farmington Daily Times
Aztec's Paige Adair throws the ball to first base on Friday during a game against Kirtland Central at the Farmington Sports Complex.

FARMINGTON – The Aztec softball team got the season off to a great start, blanking Kirtland Central 15-0, then dominating Bernalillo 28-2 Friday at the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge at the Farmington Sports Complex.

“The girls looked really good, hitting wise. That was probably our greatest asset,” Aztec head coach Roy Johnson said. “And our pitchers did a good job keeping the other teams off balance.”

CheyAnne Simkins pitched the game against Kirtland Central and held the Lady Broncos to one hit.

Paige Adair took the circle against Bernalillo, giving up two hits in the win.

“We feel good about today, and I think their confidence level is up right now,” Johnson said. “We know there are going to be ups and downs during the season, so we just have to keep looking forward to the next day and try to make it a positive experience for the kids.”

Aztec will play Silver today at 9:45 a.m., then Cleveland at 1:15 p.m.

Piedra Vista 6, Silver 5

Cleveland 12, Piedra Vista 8

It was an up-and-down opening day for Piedra Vista at the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge.

The Lady Panthers edged defending 4A champion Silver 6-5, then came from behind to take a late lead, only to see it disappear in the seventh inning of a 12-8 loss to Cleveland Friday at the Farmington Sports Complex.

“We looked really inexperienced at the varsity level,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “We have a long way to go defensively.”

Piedra Vista's Aleja Armenta pitches against Silver on Friday during a game at the Farmington Sports Complex.

The Lady Panthers committed seven errors against Silver, then another eight errors against Cleveland.

Against Cleveland, PV led 8-6 going into the top of the seventh inning, but committed four errors in the top of the inning to help the Lady Storm push six runs across.

“When you make mistakes like that, you’re not going to win a whole lot of ballgames,” Werth said. “Offensively, we hit the ball well. That’s the positive we have to go on.”

PV will continue play at the tournament today, facing Los Alamos at 9:45 a.m., then St. Pius X at 3 p.m.

Bloomfield 10, Los Alamos 5

Bloomfield 13, St. Pius X 6

Defending District 1-4A champion Bloomfield got its season off on the right foot by downing Los Alamos and St. Pius X in a doubleheader on Friday.

The Lady Bobcats beat Los Alamos 10-5 before defeating Pius 13-6 during the Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge at the Farmington Sports Complex.

Sophomore Ashley Lewellen was the starting pitcher for Bloomfield in the first game. She allowed five runs in the first inning before she and the rest of the team settled down considerably.

"We came alive in the fourth inning; we got seven runs," Bloomfield coach Andi Clark said. "Ashley pitched really great."

Seniors Kristen Espinosa and Thalia O'Neil both went four for four in the win over Pius. Bloomfield will try to keep it going when it takes on Bernalillo and Silver today in another doubleheader.

Bernalillo 8, Kirtland Central 0 

The Lady Broncos had a rough go of it on Friday, falling 15-0 to Aztec and 8-0 to Bernalillo in their Linda Crabtree Softball Challenge games.

Kirtland Central's Nikki Begay fields the ball during a game on Friday at the Farmington Sports Complex.

Kirtland Central coach Cody Gilmore said he thought his team lacked energy all day.

"We didn't have a lick of energy or confidence," he said. "And that's not to take anything away from Aztec or Bernalillo, but I would have liked to have competed."

Shiloh Lewis started each game for KC, which is now 0-3 on the young season.

The Lady Broncos registered three hits against Aztec and five against Bernalillo. KC will play PV Navy and Los Alamos today.

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

Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.