After taking his first Navajo team to the state tournament back in the spring, Head Coach Westin Winters has his Indians hard at work to get back there in the upcoming Fall season.
Navajo High School team began practices last Friday and have kept a two-a-day approach so far. Their first game is Monday at Fletcher. Winters has high expectations for this team and for several years to come.
Winters said, ” I have a great bunch of kids to work with. They love the game. Combine that with a willingness to work and a want to be better. That’s all a coach is looking for.”
Navajo was hindered at the state tournament against 1st round opponent Rattan after losing their clean-up hitting 1st baseman Chance Taylor. “It hurt us,” Winters claimed. “Losing your staple at first meant moving kids around to unfamiliar positions. We started 3 freshman in state.”
Winters stepped away from coaching basketball this coming year to focus on the baseball program. “We are young again this year and it’s exciting. I have a squad that likes to compete. Our junior high is strong. We have a group in elementary that loves the game.” Winters added as he began to grin. “Once we got a taste of the state tournament level, especially just the edge of it, a new motivation comes to practice with these kids. We want back in it.”
Fall isn’t just for football. More to come as we cover Fall baseball. Olustee under head coach Eagle Fixico and Navajo both made appearances in the state tournament with Blair falling one game short of it during head coach B.J. Armstrong’s first year.
Baseball isn’t the only dirty diamond action around. To say that softball in Southwest Oklahoma is on the rise is understating the situation. More to come.