Kirtland Central’s Shiloh Lewis (20) crosses home plate during Friday’s Lady Broncos’ home game against Newcomb.
Kirtland Central's Shiloh Lewis (20) crosses home plate during Friday's Lady Broncos' home game against Newcomb. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
KIRTLAND — The Lady Broncos opened the Kirtland Central softball tournament with a pair of dominant performances.

Kirtland Central defeated Newcomb 17-0 in its first game, then followed up with a 13-4 win over Tohatchi.

Lady Broncos' head coach Roddy Yellowman was happy that his team opened the tournament with a pair of strong victories.

"It went well. Newcomb is class 2A and is still trying to figure some stuff out," Yellowman said. "We were able to get our best players out there and work on some fundamentals."

Tohatchi opened the second game by jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the second inning, but the Lady Broncos (7-6) responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to gain the lead.

Kirtland kept the advantage for the rest of the contest, adding three runs in the third inning and five more runs in the fourth to lock up the victory.

Yellowman credited a more patient approach at the plate by his hitters as the reason the Lady Broncos were able to break the game open.

"We were just in a batting slump," he said. "It was just the way they pitch — very slow. We were trying to time that and it took a while to adjust to it."

Six Lady Broncos' hitters picked up an RBI during their offensive outburst.

Erin Bitsuie pitched a complete game to pick up the win for Kirtland after limiting Tohatchi to one run over the final two innings.


"She did good. She's been battling a lot of walks," Yellowman said of his starter. "But her speed is picking up, and she's working on her location. She's improving."

The Lady Broncos will play in the title game at noon today, facing the winner of Navajo Prep and Aztec who are scheduled to play at 10 a.m.

Aztec (13-3) defeated Shiprock 17-0 in its first game of the tournament.

Hailey Morris threw five innings, allowing only one hit to get the win for the Lady Tigers.

"We played solid defensively, and after the third inning, we finally started hitting the ball," said Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan.

Taylor Santistevan had two doubles and a home run for Aztec, while Maria Minjarez also hit a pair of doubles.

Navajo Prep also picked up a win over Shiprock, defeating the Lady Chieftains 4-2.

Joshua Perry can be reached at; 505-564-4577. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.