Navajo is playing some good baseball. On Saturday, the Indians took the field against an undefeated Hollis team in the finals of the Shortgrass Tournament in Sayre.
The Indians rode the hottest of hot bats, Jake Hall, to the 4-2 victory to claim the championship trophy.
Hall’s two-run shot deep over the left field wall against the wind was the difference maker in the game. It was Hall’s sixth home run of the 12 game season.
Curtis Goodson gets the win on the hill for Navajo throwing four and a third innings allowing four hits and striking out five.
However, Goodson did walk five hitters and put himself into some trouble with one out in the fourth inning.
David Gilstad entered the game and inherited a bases loaded, one out pickle. Gilstad faced the five and six hole hitters for Hollis. Gilstad would strike out both hitters and end the Hollis’ threat in the fourth.
“David has been pitching with confidence the last two weeks,” said coach Weston Winters. “He gets the save today. We will need David to keep this up for us.”
Maxwell Smith and Paul Krehbiel added hits for the Indians.
“This game had a different look to it,” said Winters. “The wind was blowing in and it made this game all about pitching and defense. We were okay defensively. We know we have to better than okay if we plan to make a run at state this season.”
Navajo again was on the diamond on Monday in Burns Flat. Burns Flat is lacking some baseball talent from high school down into their little leagues. Games often get out of hand. This game was no different. Navajo High School and Junior High both took shutout wins in Burns Flat. Both teams scored over 20 runs.
Jake Hall had a hit. Colby Staggs was 2-2, Parker Caskey was 2-2 and scored twice.
Young Dallas Cox started his first high school game and recorded his first win. Cox allowed just one hit and struck out four.
“Dallas really commands all three of his pitches,” said Winters. “I am excited to see how he does in the future.”
Nathan Cross came into his first game of the season to throw the final three innings. Cross’ season has been spent in the dugout for the Indians until Monday. Cross was recovering from a groin injury he suffered at the end of the basketball season.
“Nathan’s pitches were very accurate,” said Winters. “He was sharp and it is good to see him back on the field for us. We will need him the rest of the way.”
Navajo is now 12-1 on the year. The record is even more impressive considering Navajo has not played a single game at home. Some stadium renovations were being completed so some schedules needed to be changed.
The #10 ranked Indians will host Cordell today in their home opener.
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