Lady Bobcats blank Wingate in doubleheader
Shiprock, Kirtland Central also shut down their district foes
BLOOMFIELD – The Bloomfield softball team was just about flawless in every facet of the game on Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Bobcats' pitching, hitting and defense overpowered visiting Wingate (7-7), and the hosts rolled to wins of 10-0 and 20-0 during a doubleheader at the Bloomfield Softball Complex.
The first game was called after five innings, and the second contest lasted only two and a half. Bloomfield's offense took advantage of Wingate's shoddy infield defense and also demonstrated some power with five extra base-hits in the second game.
Bloomfield coach Andi Clark said her team's patient approach at the plate paid off.
"We sat back on the ball and then drove it when we were supposed to," Clark said. "We worked a lot of counts and got a lot of walks."
Bloomfield (10-4) notched a pair of four-run innings — the second and the fourth — in the opening game. Bella DeHerrera and Thalia O'Neil each picked up two-RBI base hits in the fourth.
Pitcher Ashley Lewellen was brilliant with four strikeouts and only two hits allowed in a complete-game shutout. A little more than a month into the season, Clark said she thinks the sophomore is settling into a nice groove.
"She just keeps doing her job, and today you saw that," Clark said of Lewellen. "She never seems to get pressured, and she's always smiling."
Bloomfield's offense outdid itself in the second game with eight runs in the first inning and 12 more in the second. Brandi Alcantar hit a three-run home run, and Thalia O'Neil knocked in three runs.
O'Neil made the most of her three innings of work from the circle by hurling a no-hitter. She struck out four of the seven batters she faced.
The Lady Bobcats host Farmington (4-15) at 4 p.m. today.
Kirtland Central 19, Zuni 0
Kirtland Central 14, Zuni 0
The Lady Broncos (11-7) extended their win streak to seven games on Thursday by dismantling Zuni 19-0 and 14-0 during a doubleheader at Kirtland Central High School.
Zuni (6-9) didn't pose much of a threat to KC, which hit the ball well all afternoon.
"We stayed focused on the fundamental aspect of hitting," Gilmore said. "(Zuni's pitcher) was throwing the ball a little slower than we've been used to lately, but you still have to hit it, and we did that."
Nia Nelson and Andrea Weaver drove in three runs apiece in the first game.
Shiloh Lewis pitched in the first game, and Andrea Weaver threw in the second. Though they both shut the Lady Thunderbirds out, Gilmore said KC's defense was partly responsible.
"You have to give Zuni credit. They went up there hacking, and they hit the ball hard," he said. "Our pitchers got into a couple of jams, but our defense made sure nothing got too bad."
Dayleia Johnson went 3 for 3 and had four RBI in the second game for the Lady Broncos, who visit Thoreau (0-10) for a doubleheader on Thursday.
Shiprock 17, Thoreau 0
Shiprock 15, Thoreau 0
Shiprock (5-7) also clobbered its district opponent by drubbing Thoreau 17-0 and 15-0 at Shiprock High School.
Lady Chieftains coach Levi Toledo said his defense's nearly mistake-free outing stood out the most to him during Thursday's pair of games.
"We didn't let anything get passed us in the infield," he said. "There was only one error today, and it came in the outfield."
Lisa Begay stifled the Lady Hawks from the circle in the first game, and Shelbie Little was just as effective in the second.
Shiprock benefited from seven total stolen bases in the doubleheader. Toledo said he hopes the lopsided wins give his team some confidence going forward after it lost four straight games.
"This should be good for them. The whole lineup hit the ball, and we played good defense," Toledo said. "Hopefully, we can keep it up."
Along with Navajo Prep, Shiprock will take part in the two-day Wingate tournament, which starts today.
Jake Newby covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.