Lady Panthers split at California tourney
Shiprock softball team picks up first win of the year
FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista softball team split its pair of opening games at the Torrance National Tournament in Torrance, Calif., Thursday.
The Lady Panthers opened the day against Foothill, out of Henderson, Nev., with an 8-0 win, then fell to Torrance 10-0.
“I’m very proud of the way we competed out here today. It was a great first day out here,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said. “We come out here to make ourselves better, and both games got us better.”
In the win over Foothill, Werth said Aleja Armenta kept Foothill off balance.
Cheyenne Stark got PV going at the plate with a two-run home run. Armenta added a three-run home run, and Nicole Johnson finished with two runs batted in.
Against Torrance, the Lady Panthers had trouble against San Diego State University commit Marissa Moreno.
“We just ran into a buzzsaw,” Werth said. “She was throwing the ball 66 mph, and we had a little trouble putting the bat on the ball. Ananda Delegarito started for us, and she did a good job and kept them at bay. Then we brought in Aleja, and she did a good job. They just got hits off the end of the bat and fell where we weren’t.”
PV will continue play at the tournament today, but Werth said its opponent had not been determined Thursday.
Shiprock 9, Jemez Valley 0
The Lady Chieftains did everything right during their first win of the season on Thursday, earning a 9-0 victory over Jemez Valley on the first day of the Santa Fe Indian School tournament in Santa Fe.
Shiprock's scoring was spread out, as the team jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scored once in the third inning, once in the sixth and four times in the seventh.
Shelbie Little was on top of her game for Shiprock (1-5), striking out 10 batters.
"Shelbie was hitting corners today," Shiprock coach Levi Toledo said. "She pitched inside a little bit too much, but she hit her spots a lot, too."
Brianna Littlecrow led the offensive charge with three RBI.
Shiprock will play Hot Springs at 1 p.m. today.
Taos 7, Bloomfield 5
Missed opportunities from the plate marred the first day of the St. Michael's tourney for Bloomfield on Thursday in Santa Fe.
The Bobcats lost 7-5 to Taos in a game in which they stranded 12 runners in the first four innings alone. Bloomfield had a 1-0 lead through two innings, but squandered it in the third when Taos score four times.
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth, the Bobcats (1-2) committed a boatload of mental errors on the base paths and came away with nothing to show for the rally. Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said he admired his players' effort, despite the miscues.
"They're a fun team to watch play baseball because they just won't stop," he said. "For every reason they had to quit and fold up shop, they just freaking battled. They stuck their nose to the grindstone and kept going and going. That says a lot about them."
The Tigers (3-2) committed six errors in the game, while Bloomfield committed none.
Kenyon Lusk went 2 for 3, and Humberto Miramontes and Orlando Frias picked up an RBI apiece for Bloomfield, which battles Cobre at 11 a.m. today.
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