Navajo won three of their four games at the Hammon Tournament.
The one loss was to host Hammon in the semi-finals. Thursday, Navajo whipped Sentinel 9-1 in the tournament opener. In game two, Navajo again only allowed one run on their way to an 11-1 drubbing of Cheyenne.
The Indians then came back on Friday to defeat Calumet 11-1. On Saturday, Nathan Cross pitched against Hammon and threw a gem. Cross allowed only four hits. Hammon put some hits together in the bottom of the fifth inning and broke up the scoreless tie by plating two runs. Navajo saw an opportunity in the bottom half of the fifth inning after Maxwell Smith doubled with one out. The Indians would strand Smith at second base.
Despite losing the pitcher’s duels to Hammon 2-0, the Indians enter Thursday’s district with momentum. Navajo has won five of its last six games and allowed only five runs of the four games in the Hammon Tournament. It certainly doesn’t hurt to be playing the district games on your home field.
Thursday’s district lineup at Navajo will pit Sterling vs. Riverside at noon for game one. Navajo will follow that at 2 p.m. vs. Arapaho-Butler. I’m sure the scheduling of the Navajo game at 2 p.m. will allow for an active crowd. Navajo likes to release most of its students to attend the contests. This is part of the home-field advantage.
Following the Navajo game, game three will put the winners of games one and two against each other. Thursday night will end with game four. This will be a battle between the one-loss teams from games one and two.
District play will continue on Friday at 4 p.m.
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