FARMINGTON – It's been a tough first month of the season for the Farmington softball team, but its upset win over Bloomfield on Friday night was a definite morale booster, according to coach Tim Trotter.
One day after the Lady Bobcats trounced Wingate by a combined score of 30-0 in a doubleheader, Farmington (5-15) came into the Bloomfield Softball Complex and topped the hosts 5-3.
The Lady Bobcats left eight girls on base in the game. Brandi Alcantar notched an RBI base hit in the fourth inning to give Bloomfield a 3-2 lead, its last of the game.
In the fifth, Farmington got to Thalia O'Neil, who tossed a three-inning no-hitter for Bloomfield (10-5) a day earlier earlier. Sophomore shortstop Shantori Sanford started a three-run rally with a base hit, and she was bunted over and knocked in by Kenna Colebrook.
Farmington small-balled its way to two more runs in the fifth. Trotter said he's been pushing his team to compete harder, and he said some of that paid off on Friday.
"I micromanaged more than I even coached this week," Trotter said. "Running a little more and working on conditioning, and just getting reps in different situations so they were better prepared for things. They came through."
Eighth-grader Makayla Donald bent but didn't break in the circle for Farmington, receiving a lot of help from her defense, which committed just one error. Bloomfield coach Andi Clark said Lady Scorpions center fielder KK Blackwood went a long way in keeping Bloomfield off the board in the final two innings.
"KK's so fast out there in center, she just gets to everything," Clark said. "We've got to do a better job of hitting to the gaps, but then again, on most other days, those balls would have gotten down."
Alcantar went 4 for 4 for Bloomfield, which hosts Shiprock (5-7) in a doubleheader on Thursday. FHS gets a week off before welcoming Miyamura (11-6) into Ricketts Park for a doubleheader on Friday.
Shiprock 15, Thoreau 0
Shiprock 25, Thoreau 0
The Chieftains won their sixth and seventh games in a row on Friday at the expense of Thoreau, which they thrashed 15-0 and 25-0 on the road.
Shiprock (14-1, 2-0 District 1-4A) had to wait a day to tangle with Thoreau because of a lack of umpires on Thursday. When the Chieftains finally did get on the field, they dominated in every facet.
Shiprock's Julian Aspaas shut the Hawks (1-12, 0-2) down in the first game, and Arjay Miller followed suit in the second. Shiprock coach Alfred Baer said the performance was nice to see from Aspaas, a senior.
"He's been a workhorse for us in the past, and we're going to need him down the road in district," Baer said of Aspaas. "He hit his spots, and Thoreau couldn't hit him. We sharpened him up a little bit."
Miller hit a home run in the second Shiprock win. Baer said his team "smelled blood in the water" but the coach didn't want to pour it on, figuring the game already been decided.
"We have to win with class, and that means not putting as many runs on the board as we possibly can," he said. "We worked on some things like hit-and-running, bunting and stealing bases. So it was like an extended practice, now we're moving forward to next week."
Shiprock hits the road to play Dove Creek, Colo., (3-7) at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Sandia Prep 4, Farmington 3
Farmington couldn’t catch a break, seeing three balls in right field take funky hops to get away from the Scorps to doom the team to a 4-3 loss to Sandia Prep (13-4) Friday in Albuquerque.
“It’s the first time all year that I feel like we played well enough to win, but had three legitimate bad breaks,” Farmington head coach Sean Trotter said. “Just unfortunate plays.”
The sixth inning is when the bad breaks hurt the Scorps (6-10).
Sandia Prep recorded a triple after a ball to right took a funny bounce to get past Farmington’s right fielder. Then during the next at-bat, Farmington was called for a balk to score what would be the winning run.
“When you combine the field issues with a balk to bring in the winning run, it’s tough, but I felt like we played really well,” Trotter said.
The Scorps played well offensively, getting a solo home run from Dominic Martinez in the third inning, then adding two more runs in the fourth with RBIs from Keaton Christy and Garrett Farmer. Christy and Farmer’s RBIs came on bunts.
Farmington will play a doubleheader against Goddard (10-2) today with the first game scheduled to start at noon.
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