BLOOMFIELD – The Bloomfield softball team was out of sorts in all aspects Tuesday afternoon and was dominated by Miyamura 11-0 at the Bloomfield softball complex.
“I really have no explanation for today. I’m at a loss,” Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark said. “I haven’t had a game like that in a while. I have no words. I don’t understand what happened today.”
Miyamura pitcher Monique Ashley shut down the Bloomfield bats, giving up one hit and three walks in five innings. She struck out 10 Lady Bobcats on the day, with seven of the strikeouts coming in a row.
“She was a very good pitcher — that’s the truth,” Clark said of Ashley. “We just couldn’t hit her. She has a lot of movement, a pretty rise ball. She caught us off guard, most definitely.”
Along with being outworked by Ashley, Clark said the Lady Bobcats lacked discipline at the plate and swung at pitches they shouldn’t have been swinging at.
The Lady Patriots (4-1) jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first after a pair of Bloomfield errors and a hit batter.
Ashley gave up two of her three walks in the bottom of the first, allowing Bloomfield (5-3) to get runners on second and third with one out, but got out of the inning unscathed.
In the top of the third, Miyamura loaded the bases with no outs and pushed two runs across before the Lady Bobcats got out of the inning.
After a quiet fourth inning, the Lady Patriots scored on an RBI single from Katlynn Silva and went on to loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth. Another run came in on a bases-loaded walk, then an error led to two more runs.
Miyamura added one more on an error before the Lady Bobcats recorded the final two outs of the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, needing two runs to extend the game, Bloomfield’s Katie Nelson drew a lead-off walk. During the next at-bat, Mattie Waresback bunted Nelson to second. But Ashley struck out the next two Lady Bobcats to end the game and earn the win.
Bloomfield will be off until March 24, when the Lady Bobcats play Roswell in the first round of Rio Rancho’s tournament.
“I want them to think about what they saw wrong (today) and what they need to work on, and we’ll just hit it hard tomorrow,” Clark said. “That’s all we can do — just keep pushing forward.”
Gallup 1, Shiprock 0
Shiprock couldn’t get much going at the plate and the result was a 1-0 loss to Gallup Tuesday afternoon at Shiprock High School.
“They looked a lot better than the first games we had, but we still can’t get any runs at the plate,” Shiprock head coach Levi Toledo said of his team.
Gallup (2-3) scored its lone run in the fifth inning.
Senior Shelbie Little was in the circle for the Lady Chieftains (0-3), and Toledo said she pitched well.
Shiprock will play at the Santa Fe Indian School tournament Thursday through Saturday.
“I want them to play more aggressively, play hard and hang tough,” Toledo said. “We need to get some runs in and start hitting the ball.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.