Lady Bobcats come alive to win home tourney

Karl Schneider
Bloomfield's Daysha Smith gets a hit during a game against San Juan, Utah, on March 11 at the Bloomfield Softball Complex.

FARMINGTON – The Bloomfield softball team’s bats woke up, and the Lady Bobcats took the title at their home tournament with a pair of wins Saturday at the Bloomfield Softball Complex.

The Lady Bobcats knocked off Gallup 10-3, then crushed Blanding, Utah’s San Juan High 11-1 to secure the title.

“The bats were alive today,” Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said. “We hit the ball well when we needed to, and the girls limited their errors — they really cut down on them.”

Thalia O’Neil pitched both games for the Lady Bobcats. Clark said the Bloomfield defense played well behind O’Neil, which helped her confidence throughout both games.

Offensively, Clark said the Lady Bobcats were more patient and disciplined at the plate and that they started incorporating what they’ve been working on in practice during the games.

Bloomfield will host Miyamura on Tuesday. Clark said she wants to see her players continue to be disciplined on offense and defense, because if they can make routine plays, they’ll be a tough team to beat going forward.

Bloomfield's Ashley Lewellen turns the corner at third base during Saturday's game against San Juan, Utah, at the Bloomfield Softball Complex.

Kirtland Central 9, San Juan, Utah, 7

Kirtland Central 6, Gallup 3

Kirtland Central finished its weekend at the Bloomfield invite on a high note, beating Banding, Utah’s, San Juan 9-7, then Gallup 6-3 Saturday at the Bloomfield softball complex.

“We started really sluggishly against San Juan, but the girls kept fighting and scored eight in the fifth,” KC head coach Cody Gilmore said.

Against Gallup, the Lady Broncos started slow, but again got things going in the later innings.

“We went from the San Juan pitcher to the Gallup pitcher, and she was a little quicker, so we had to make some adjustments,” Gilmore said. “But then we scored one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh. We showed some toughness. Nothing was going our way to start, but we showed some toughness to get the wins.”

Dominique McGilbert blasted a two-run home run to lead the Lady Bronco offense.

Gilmore said Andrea Weaver and Shiloh Lewis pitched well in the two games for KC.

KC will play Navajo Prep in the first round of Farmington’s tournament on Thursday at Ricketts Park.

Centennial 12, Piedra Vista 1

Piedra Vista fell behind early and couldn’t recover against Centennial, falling to the Lady Hawks 12-1 in the semifinals of the Southern New Mexico Invitational Saturday in Las Cruces.

“We just didn’t have the same approach at the plate that we did yesterday and struggled against (Santana) Parra, who’s one of New Mexico’s best arms,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “Aleja (Armenta) struggled in the circle by getting behind early and not keeping the ball down, and they (Centennial) hit too good to do that.”

Werth said the bright spot of the day was Sydney Schumacher, who relieved Armenta in the fourth and held the Lady Hawks to two runs.

PV was scheduled to play Miyamura in the third-place game, but the game was canceled because of wind gusts that reached 60 mph. Werth said the two teams elected not to play the game and will reschedule it for another day.

PV will play Foothill, out of Henderson, Nev., on Thursday at the Torrance National Tournament in Torrance, Calif.

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