Aztec splits at Kristin Griego Tournament

Bloomfield goes 1-1, Farmington and Shiprock get hammered

Jake Newby, and Karl Schneider
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON – The Aztec softball team split its two games to fall into the consolation bracket at the Kristin Griego Tournament on Friday in Rio Rancho.

Aztec opened the day with a rout of Goddard, blasting the Lady Rockets 16-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, where the Lady Tigers fell to Hobbs 2-1.

Against Hobbs, Paige Adair held the Lady Eagles to two hits while striking out 10 batters, but one of the hits was a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

In the game, the Lady Tigers registered eight hits.

“It was a great game and a lot of fun to be involved in,” Aztec head coach Roy Johnson said of the Hobbs game. “We had eight hits, just couldn’t get a hit at the right time.”

Aztec had runners on first and third in the seventh, but hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

“If we got that through, we would have tied the game, and no telling what would have happened. It just didn’t go our way today, but our girls fought every step of the way,” Johnson said.

Ashlee Garcia notched a double in the third to drive in Aztec’s lone run.

Aztec will continue play at the tournament against Los Lunas at 9 a.m. today.

Valencia 5, Bloomfield 3

Bloomfield 3, Valley 1

The Lady Bobcats also split their doubleheader on Friday, the second day of the Kristin Griego Tournament held in Rio Rancho.

In a 5-3 loss to Valencia (6-6), Bloomfield rallied back toward the end of the game, but it was too little, too late.

The Lady Bobcats (7-4) repeatedly hit the ball hard, coach Andi Clark said, but it was usually right at someone. The Lady Jaguars (6-6) also played some stellar defense.

"Their shortstop is amazing," Clark said. "We only had four strikeouts. We were putting the ball in play, but we weren't getting much luck."

Bloomfield fell into a 5-0 hole before making the final score look good with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Thalia O'Neil pitched in the game and also started the seventh-inning rally by singling and scoring the first run.

Bloomfield bounced back in pool play by downing Valley 3-1.

Sophomore Ashley Lewellen started the second game and twirled a gem. The defense helped her out, as well, making only three errors in the two games.

Clark said the 11-0 loss to Miyamura on March 15 was a wake-up call for her defense.

"We kind of took a step back and started doing things differently after that Miyamura game," she said. "We're talking more, and we're finding the right mesh of players to put behind different pitchers."

O'Neil went 3 for 4 against Valley (6-3). Bloomfield plays Belen (6-6) at 9 a.m. today.

Artesia 11, Farmington 7

Lovington 10, Farmington 0

Farmington continued to struggle at the Kristin Griego Tournament on Friday, giving up double-digit runs in a pair of losses.

Now 0-3 in the three-day Rio Rancho tournament, the Lady Scorps at least had the bats working in their 11-7 loss to Artesia (4-4). But major damage was done right out of the gate, as FHS committed four first-inning errors, which led to six runs.

The Lady Scorps (2-12) fared even worse in the second half of their doubleheader, losing 10-0 to Lovington. The pitching of the Lady Wildcats (4-4) gave FHS fits, as the team's only three hits came off the bat of KK Blackwood.

MaKayla Donald was the starting pitcher in the first game, and Laurie Fentiman started the second.

FHS plays Española Valley (5-4) at 11 a.m. today before squaring off with Highland (0-6) at 1 p.m.

Cleveland JV 21, Shiprock 10 

Portales 16, Shiprock 1 

Shiprock (3-5) remained winless at the Kristen Griego Tournament, losing 21-10 to Cleveland's junior varsity team and 16-1 to Portales (1-3) on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Chieftains will try to bounce back on the final day of the tourney when they play Gallup (3-6) at 11 a.m. today and Los Alamos (5-6) at 1 p.m.

Shiprock coach Levi Toledo was unavailable for comment by press time.

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

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