FARMINGTON – The Kirtland Central softball team mowed down Shiprock 10-0 and 10-3 in a doubleheader on Thursday to increase its win streak to 13 games.
It was senior night at Kirtland Central High School, but sophomore Nia Nelson stood out for the Lady Broncos (17-7, 8-0 District 1-4A) in the first game with a three-run homer in the fifth inning. It took the Lady Broncos a little while to get going, but they did so in the fifth with six runs.
Nelson ended up with four RBI on the day for the Lady Broncos, who got a shutout out of starting pitcher Shiloh Lewis. Lewis, a junior, was a bit banged up early in the season and had a few rough outings as a result. But Lady Broncos coach Cody Gilmore believes she's coming around at the right time.
"I think she's getting better and getting stronger as the season's going on by pitching every day," Gilmore said. "Shiprock put the ball in play, so the defense helped Shiloh out a lot, as well."
In the second game, KC scored twice in the bottom of the first and then gradually added to its lead over Shiprock (10-12, 4-4).
Dominique McGilbert and Latavia Topahe each drove in a pair of runs in the second game for the Lady Broncos, who visit Bloomfield (16-6, 6-0) for a doubleheader on Thursday with the district title on the line.
The Lady Chieftains visit Wingate for two games on Thursday. Shiprock coach Levi Toledo could not be reached for comment.
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