Navajo wins battle with Altus

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The was a large showing of local support during last Thursday’s softball game between the Class 5A Altus Lady Bulldogs and the Class A Navajo Lady Indians.

Altus was faced with an opportunity to pick up its second win of the season. Navajo was faced with defeating a larger school, something not many small schools have a chance to brag about.

When the dust settled at Missile Park, it was Navajo that walked away with the win after dominating the Lady Bulldogs in the 12-3 win.

Navajo’s Kylie Miranda gets much of the credit for the win as she held the Lady Bulldogs to three runs on four hits in five innings. Miranda also struck out five Altus batters and limited her walks to two.

On the other side, Altus’ Whitley Townsend allowed two runs on 10 hits. She struck out two and walked three.

Errors were again the cause for a lot of Altus’ problems.

Navajo’s Gracie Brooks crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, and the Lady Indians added runs on a wild pitch and an error to take a 4-0 lead in the first. The Lady Indians added seven more runs in the second inning and quickly led Altus 11-0.

Altus got on the board in the third inning after a double from Alana Lopez scored both Emily Hughes and Lakysia Johnson. Two pitches later, Brianna McQuiggan drove in Chloe Hill to cut deeper into Navajo’s lead.

But those three runs are all the runs Altus would score in the game. Meanwhile, Navajo added its 12th run after an error allowed Miranda to score in the top of the fifth.

The Lady Indians moved to 4-4 with the win while the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 1-8 on the season.

Navajo defeated Snyder on Saturday to improve to 5-4, and Altus went on to split a doubleheader with Ardmore on Saturday to move to 2-9.

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