ALBUQUERQUE – The Bloomfield softball team overcame 10 errors on Friday to down district rival Kirtland Central 5-1 at the Bloomfield Softball Complex on the first day of the Bloomfield Invitational.
Ashley Lewellen pitched well enough for the Lady Bobcats to neutralize the bad defensive day, striking out seven batters and allowing only one run in a complete-game effort.
The Lady Broncos got on the board first, scoring a run that was assisted by two first-inning Bloomfield errors.
Lady Bobcats coach Andi Clark said she thinks her defense will improve as the season goes on and her players get more comfortable.
“We have a lot of talent, but right now it’s about figuring out who’s going to fit where,” she said. “We’re still trying to mesh things all together.”
Bloomfield got a run back in the bottom of the first, and then the game remained in a stalemate for more than four innings until the Lady Bobcats broke it open in the fifth inning.
Katie Nelson got things going in that frame with a lead-off double. She and three of her teammates scored through a combination of stolen bases and bunts.
"They small balled us,” KC head coach Cody Gilmore said. “It was a pretty good pitchers dual, and it was tied 1-1 going into the fifth. We had kind of a mental breakdown for that half inning, and it hurt us.”
Andrea Weaver pitched for KC, and Gilmore said she did a good job of throwing strikes to keep Bloomfield in check through the first four innings.
Bloomfield plays twice today — at 10 a.m. against Gallup and 4 p.m. against Blanding, Utah's San Juan at the Bloomfield Softball Complex.
KC will also play San Juan and Gallup today.
Piedra Vista 4, Eastwood, Texas, 0
Piedra Vista 5, Onate 3
Piedra Vista earned solid wins over two very good opponents Friday at the Southern New Mexico Invitational in Las Cruces.
In their first game, the Lady Panthers knocked off Eastwood of El Paso, Texas, then topped Oñate 5-3.
“These kids looked great today,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “They played hard for each other and fought for each other. They’re a close-knit group.”
Aleja Armenta earned the win in both games. She started against Eastwood and came in during the sixth inning against Oñate when it was tied at 3.
Ananda Delegarito started against Oñate, and Werth said the sophomore was phenomenal.
PV will play Centennial in the semifinals today.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.