FARMINGTON - The final days of the prep softball season find Gallup maintaining their hot streak as the team prepares to defend its Class 4A state title.
Here’s a look at some of the softball action involving local and area prep teams across San Juan County.
The Gallup High School softball team needs only one win to wrap up an unblemished campaign in District 1-4A after a 14-0 rout on the road Thursday afternoon over Shiprock.
The Lady Bengals (16-9 overall, 9-0 District) once again ran away from Shiprock, completing a season sweep of its series. Gallup defeated the Lady Chieftains at home earlier this month by a score of 15-0. Gallup has beaten Shiprock 17 straight times dating back to 2014.
Gallup is ranked third in the latest MaxPreps poll behind only Artesia and Silver. The Lady Bengals have already wrapped up the district title and will learn their postseason schedule when the New Mexico Activities Association announces brackets and seedings this weekend.
Gallup will wrap up the regular season at home on Saturday to face crosstown rival Miyamura.
Shiprock (4-16 overall, 0-10 District) was outscored this season by a margin of 283-112 over the course of the regular season.
The Aztec High School softball team jumped out to an early lead and never trailed, wrapping up its regular season with a 9-6 win on the road Thursday afternoon over Kirtland Central.
The Lady Tigers got a pair of runs batted in from Maddie Kaiser, as well as a pair of runs scored by Christina Whitehorse and Elena Talamante.
Pitcher Nizhoni Yellow threw a complete game for Aztec, striking out nine and scattering only six hits and a pair of walks.
The Lady Tigers finish the season with a record of 12-12 (5-5 District) and will await their postseason fate when the NMAA announces postseason tournament brackets on Sunday evening. Aztec entered the final week of the season ranked 12th by MaxPreps at the 4A classification.
Kirtland Central (5-17 overall, 2-8 District) have lost 10 of its 11 games and are ranked 20th in Class 4A by MaxPreps.
The Miyamura High School softball team picked up its second straight win, outscoring Bloomfield at home by a final of 7-6.
The win keeps the Lady Patriots in line for a state tournament bid, improving its record to 16-8 overall and 7-2 in District 1-4A competition. That puts Miyamura only two games back of crosstown rival and defending Class 4A state champion Gallup.
Miyamura trailed 5-4 heading into the top of the seventh inning before scoring three times, then holding off a late Lady Bobcats rally to secure its second straight win.
Andrea Vinson, Shantaya Belone and Tryshelle Trujillo comboned for six hits and three runs batted in to earn the win for Miyamura.
Pitcher Ashelee Antez threw 6 2/3 innings and recorded three strikeouts while allowing eight hits and three walks to earn the win. Vinson finished off the contest, striking out the only batter she faced.
Bloomfield finishes the season with a record of 12-14 (6-4 District) and will wait to find out if the team will advance to the Class 4A state tournament when seedings are announced on Sunday. The Lady Bobcats are ranked 10th in the state by MaxPreps.
Miyamura and Gallup will meet on Saturday in the final game of the district season.