BLOOMFIELD — The move to 3A figured to make life a little easier on Bloomfield softball, but Rebecca Sappington made it look easier than anyone expected.

Sappington tossed a perfect game in the Lady Bobcats District 1-3A opener during a 15-0 victory over Thoreau on Saturday.

The Bloomfield senior said it was a great way to start the district schedule.

"It's a good feeling. It gives you more confidence in yourself and your team knowing you can beat every team you face," Sappington said.

She credited her former coach John Higgins for helping her pitching get to a high level and her team for playing strong defense behind in the win.

"They were there to back me up," Sappington said of her teammates.
PREP NEWSMAKER: 10 Questions with Rebecca Sappington

What music do you listen to before a start?
Anything that calms me down. I like to be calm before I go out there.

What is your favorite pregame meal? A bowl of cereal.

What is your biggest fear or phobia? Not being able to play in the state tournament.

Who is your favorite athlete? Cat Osterman.

What is your favorite class? Chemistry.

Do you have any hidden talents outside of softball? I like to paint.

What is your favorite TV show? "Duck Dynasty."

What is your dream car? Ford Raptor.

If you could have any superpower, which one would you pick? I'd want to be invincible.

What is your dream vacation spot? Australia.

"They were always ready when the ball was hit to them, and they hit the ball great."

The Lady Bobcats' pitcher said her team is focusing on the level of competition they'll have to face at the state tournament and is working toward that matching that level of play.

"We look at who were going to play at state. We look at what we have to do and what we have to work for," Sappington said. "We don't have the strongest district, but when we get to state for going to face someone who works hard and we want to work just as hard so we can beat them."

With teams like 7-time defending 4A champ Piedra Vista and last year's runner-up Aztec replaced by Thoreau and Wingate on the district schedule this year, Bloomfield head coach Andi Clark knew the team would need to face tougher non-district opponents to prepare for the state tournament.

"That's why I scheduled all those 4A teams in March. All the teams we've lost to are 4A," Clark said. "I try to get us the toughest teams. I think that will help us keep that competitiveness."

The Lady Bobcats are confident they can compete for a state title in 3A, Sappington said.

"We're a good little team, and I feel more comfortable in 3A," she said. "It's still a challenge, though. We have a bunch of good teams we have to face, but I feel like we can go all the way. I know we're strong. Every little thing about us is good. We just have to put it all together."

With Sappington among a strong core of seniors for the Lady Bobcats, Clark agrees with her star pitcher Bloomfield will be a team to be reckoned with during the state tournament.

"I have five starting seniors and all the girls get along well. These girls have been together for three years," Clark said. "I think we're going to do well. We have the talent to do it."

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