Farmington’s Navajo Prep Eagles proved to be no match for Estancia High’s baseball team as the Bears rolled to a 20-0 mercy-ruled victory in the opening round of the Class 3A state tournament March 4 in Estancia.
“We had a lot of bloop singles and I like line drives, but it’s hard to complain,” Estancia’s head coach Mark Siedschlag said of the Bears’ 14-hit attack. “We had some good hits and nobody struck out—I think this is the first game this year that nobody struck out.”
The No. 4 Bears put runs on the board in each of their four innings. They plated 3 runs in the first before capitalizing on three Navajo Prep errors to score 4 more in the second.
“This wasn’t their best game,” Siedschlag said of the No. 13 Eagles. Navajo Prep committed a total of eight errors in the game.
Drayton Oberg started on the mound for the Bears and went four innings. He struck out five Prep batters and walked three. “I’ve seen him pitch better but he made good pitches when he needed to,” Siedschlag said about Oberg’s outing.
Oberg said his arm was a little sore and that he “had a little trouble finding the strike zone.”
Adam Lujan relieved Oberg in the top of the fifth and struck out the side to end the game.
“Adam came in and looked really sharp,” Siedschlag said. “That’s as good as I’ve seen him pitch all year.”
Lujan and Trevor Noblitt each had a pair of 2-RBI base hits in the bottom of the third to help the Bears build a 13-0 cushion.
Estancia slammed the door on the Eagles in the fourth inning when Cruz Moreno’s 3-RBI quasi inside-the-park home run capped a 7-run surge. Moreno’s drive went deep to left field and he instantly started racing around the bases.
The Eagles’ outfielder made an errant throw toward third base and Moreno galloped home to a throng of teammates. “Coach sent me so I just went,” Moreno said with a shrug.
“Actually, it was a triple and an error,” Siedschlag noted. “The throw [to third base] was bad.”
With the win the Bears advance to the state quarterfinals to face No. 5 Laguna-Acoma today at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.
“Now it gets a little harder,” Siedschlag said.