Navajo defeated Cordell, 5-0 in the first home game of the season.
It was an emotional night for the Navajo community. The pre-game ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Angela Wooten. Angela is the mother of the late Adam Wooten, the young, freshman student/athlete from Navajo who lost his life in the auto accident on Valentine’s Day.
Navajo head coach, Weston Winters continues to find ways to honor Adam’s memory. The team continues to wear various ribbons dangling from their hats. They break out of every huddle with “1,2,3… 40!”
The number 40 is painted in white and trimmed in red on the field behind home plate. A different player wears the number 40 to honor Adam.
The team honored him again by taking the 5-0 win over Cordell in the home opener.
David Gilstad got the win. Gilstad pitched six innings yielding three hits and striking out six. Gilstad filled up the strike zone walking just one Cordell hitter.
Nathan Cross came on to throw a scoreless seventh inning.
Colby Staggs went 2-3 at the plate with a double and single. Tristan Netherton had a single.
“We really played just good enough to win,” said Winters. “Instead of going out and really taking care of business, we were flat.”
Navajo is off until Monday when they will travel to Hollis for a rematch of the Shortgrass Tournament final.
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