Lady Panthers sweep Cibola
Aztec takes seventh, Bloomfield earns 10th at Kristin Griego Tourney
FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista softball team earned two dominant wins over Cibola, crushing the Lady Cougars 14-2 and 13-2 Saturday in Albuquerque.
“We squared a lot of balls up. It was a good, quality sweep over a future district opponent,” PV head coach Kevin Werth said, referencing PV’s move to District 1-6A next season.
In the two games, the Lady Panthers blasted five home runs. Nykki Benally and Cheyenne Stark hit two homers each, and Aleja Armenta added one.
Armenta picked up the win in the circle in the first game, and Werth said the Lady Panthers (11-4) played good defense behind Armenta.
In the second game, Ananda Delegarito earned the win. Werth said she did a good job getting Cibola (6-7) to hit ground balls, but PV made a few errors in the field. Despite the mishaps, Werth said the Lady Panthers did a good job of limiting the damage.
PV will host Valencia (4-7) on Thursday.
Los Lunas 2, Aztec 1
Aztec 5, Valencia 4
Aztec opened its final day at the Kristin Griego Tournament with a 2-1 to Los Lunas, then edged Valencia 5-4 to finish the tournament in seventh place in the 26-team tourney Saturday in Rio Rancho.
Aztec’s Paige Adair started the game against Los Lunas (8-8) and struck out 13 batters. But the Lady Tigers (11-5) struggled to get anything going at the plate to give Adair any run support.
“We just couldn’t get (Adair) a run,” Aztec head coach Roy Johnson said. “We played good defense, except we made an error in the first inning that cost us the game.”
Facing Valencia (4-9), the Lady Tigers again struggled at the plate, but picked things up in the later innings and went ahead 5-4 after a Kylie Brown RBI that scored Adair from second base.
CheyAnn Simkins pitched against Valencia and recorded eight strikeouts.
Adair and Brown were named to the all-tournament team.
Aztec will host Miyamura (10-4) for a doubleheader in District 1-5A action on Friday. Johnson said getting the Lady Tigers’ bats going will be a focal point in practice leading up to the game.
“I don’t know why, but we’re in a funk right now,” Johnson said. “I think if we hit the ball, we’ll be fine. We finally started hitting it in the end of the (Valencia) game. I think if we get back to hitting the ball and getting contact, we won’t have any problems.”
Bloomfield 15, Belen 5
Robertson 10, Bloomfield 4
For the second consecutive day, the Lady Bobcats split their doubleheader at the Kristin Griego Tournament on Saturday in Rio Rancho. They finished 10th overall in the tourney.
Thalia O’Neil lifted Bloomfield to a 15-5 win over Belen (6-7) by driving in six runs. Half of O’Neil’s RBI came in the first inning when she smacked a three-run home run.
O’Neil and Bella DeHerrera were named to the all-tournament team. DeHerrera, Bloomfield’s starting third baseman, was 11 for 18 in the tourney. Pitcher Ashley Lewellen held Belen at bay and earned the win.
Bloomfield (8-5) has made strides defensively after an error-riddled first couple weeks of the season, but the defense regressed to the tune of five errors in the Lady Bobcats’ 10-4 loss to Robertson.
Bloomfield starting center fielder Daysha Smith had a nasty collision with an outfield wall toward the end of the Belen game, and she was unable to play against Robertson. Clark said the player shuffling she had to do as a result may have led to a domino effect of errors.
“Daysha hit the wall hard. She had a bloody lip, a bloody nose and she couldn’t lift her left arm between games,” Clark said. “The errors weren’t all on the outfield, but I guess you could say they started there when we had to move the girls around.”
Clark said she’s hoping Smith’s arm is just bruised, but the team will learn more in the coming days.
Bloomfield will visit Gallup (3-6) on Thursday.
Gallup 11, Shiprock 5
Los Alamos 8, Shiprock 5
Shiprock (3-8) was clobbered twice on Saturday, the final day of the Kristin Griego Tournament in Rio Rancho.
The Lady Chieftains lost 11-5 to Gallup and 8-5 to Los Alamos. Shiprock went 0-5 in the tourney and plays next on April 7, when it hosts Thoreau.
Shiprock coach Levi Toledo could not be reached for comment.
Farmington 10, Española Valley 6
Farmington 18, Highland 2
The Lady Scorpions came into the last day of the Kristin Griego Tournament without a win, but earned a pair of them on Saturday by besting Española Valley 10-6 and Highland 18-2.
MaKayla Donald earned the first win and was helped out by Tiara Vigil's two-RBI, inside-the-park home run. Laurie Fentiman went 2 for 4 with two RBI in the win.
Against Highland, Fentiman pitched and earned the win. KK Blackwood continued to rip the cover off the ball by going 3 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run of her own. Blackwood is now hitting better than .700 on the season.
The Lady Scorpions (4-12) will play at Kirtland Central (7-7) on Tuesday.
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