KIRTLAND — Raashaun Sorrelhorse and Josh Archibeque battled on the mound Tuesday in Kirtland, but it was an error that ultimately decided the game.

Kirtland Central (7-8) rallied past Bloomfield (5-5) with runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 3-2 win.

A two-out single off the bat of Kordell Jim scored Ty Yellowman in the fifth inning to tie the game 2-2 before a Bobcat error at third base allowed the Broncos' Aaron Frank to score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.

Sorrelhorse slammed the door on Bloomfield in the top of the seventh to cap off a solid outing.
He surrendered just three hits while striking out five and walking one.

“That's been the key to us all year. When we are walking people, we are in trouble, and when we don't, we do well,” said Kirtland Central head coach Jim Belveal. “We walked the leadoff batter in the first inning, and they scored. After that, we didn't walk anybody. Sorrelhorse struggled in the first, but he really threw great for six.”

Kirtland Central scored first when Alex Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Jalen Nakai.
Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos knows Archibeque pitched well enough to pick up a win Tuesday were it not for the costly error, the Bobcats' only error of the game.

“He should have got the win. He threw his tail off and did a great job,” DeHoyos said. “With wood bats, when you get one error at the wrong time it can cost you. You have to make the routine plays and be ready for it at all times. You usually don't lose when you only commit one error, but today one error bit us.”

Archibeque had three strikeouts in the game and walked one while hitting two batters.
Bloomfield's three hits came from Tyler Barker and Archibeque.

Anthony Martinez drew the leadoff walk in the first inning and stole second base before scoring on a Barker triple.
Bloomfield’s Josh Archibeque (10) steals second base as Kirtland Central’s Jalen Nakai (24) fails to apply the tag during Tuesday’s game
Bloomfield's Josh Archibeque (10) steals second base as Kirtland Central's Jalen Nakai (24) fails to apply the tag during Tuesday's game in Kirtland. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)

Barker was 2-for-3 in the game with a triple and the double to go with his RBI.

In the fourth inning, Barker scored on an Archibeque single.

“We have to find a way to get to first base. We were swinging our bats, but Kirtland played good defense,” DeHoyos said. “Kirtland just did the better job at the end of the game finding a way on base.”

Bloomfield faces Hope Christian in a doubleheader on the road Friday.

“Hope is a top one or two team in 3A. We need to come out ready to play baseball,” DeHoyos said. “We are in a situation the rest of the year where we need to start pulling out wins and taking care of games. It isn't a panic yet, but we need to start winning games.”

Kirtland Central has nothing on its schedule for the next two weeks, but the Broncos are trying to pick up games anywhere they can.

Belveal said the team is hoping to schedule a game with Shiprock and another with Kirtland Central, if possible.

Belveal likes the way the Broncos are coming together this year and said it is a matter of maintaining confidence while learning how to win the right way.

“At times, we are really competitive ball. At other times, they lapse back to last year with not knowing how to handle success or failure real well. It is a growing season, but the guys are responding well,” he said.

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