The Navajo Indians traveled to El Reno Thursday for two games. They kept their unblemished record intact at 7-0.
Navajo squared off with Dibble in game one. Navajo trailed the entire game before finally edging out front of Dibble, 7-6 in their last at bat.
“It was ugly,” said coach Weston Winters. “We played terrible. We got lucky to win on a walk off error.”
The top of the order was a combined 1-15 against Dibble.
Jake Hall paced the Tribe going 2-3 and driving in two RBI. Paul Krehbiel added a hit and drove in two as well.
“Wyatt Weaver and Ethan Taylor struggled on the mound in this game,” said Winters. “Combined, they gave out 12 free passes by walks or hit batters.”
David Gilstad picked up the win throwing the final two innings. After I reminded coach Winters of how difficult it is to still win after walking 12, he was proud of his kids for continuing to grind it out on every play.
Navajo would get back to playing solid baseball in game two. They matched with S.W. Covenant and came away with the 10-0 decision.
“This team was pretty good,” added Winters, “but we played lights out.”
Freshman, Holdyn Mandrell threw the two hit shutout, striking out seven and walking none.
“It helped Holdyn relax a bit as we scored three runs in the top of the first,” said Winters. “He really pitched with confidence today. He got into the groove early and had all of his pitches working and he was hitting his spots.”
Colby Staggs was 2-2 with two singles and scored three times. Maxwell Smith drove in two RBI. Jake Hall again gets his name in the paper going 1-2 with an RBI.
“We played well in every phase of the game,” said Winters. “Tomorrow is huge for us.”
Today at 10 a.m., Navajo was to battle #8 Pioneer then face Barnsdall at 12:15 p.m.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076