Weston Winters’ Navajo Indians claimed two shutout wins at Granite Monday bringing their record to 6-1.
Curtis Goodson, a sophomore at Navajo High School, threw a no-hit 12-0 gem to take the 2nd game of the two game sweep.
As with most no-hitters at any level of baseball, a pitcher usually benefits from great defense by his teammates. Goodson relied heavily on his teammates while recording only 2 strikeouts out of 15 possible outs as he improves to 2-0 on the hill. In the first inning, the Indians rolled two around the horn turning a 5-4-3 double play to get Goodson out of an early situation with runners on.
No hitting the Granite Panthers is no small feat. The Granite junior class was undefeated two season’s ago as freshmen.
Winters stated, “In my 14 seasons coaching here I’ve seen 3 or 4 no-hitters including one by Chase Wilson as a sophmore in the regionals against Hooker.”
Another sophomore, Maxwell Smith, and junior Paul Krehbiel did the damage at the plate for the Indians going 2 for 2 and both adding 2 RBIs.
In the first game, Dakota McGrory evens up with a 1-1 record with a 6-0 shutout win over the Panthers. McGrory scattered 5 hits and sent 7 hitters back to the dugout with strikeouts.
McGrory, Jake Hall and Goodson all went 1-2 with a RBI each.
The Indians lone loss came last week at home against Sterling in a battle of schools that made state tournament appearances in the Spring. Navajo took on an early deficit due to Sterling’s precise “small ball” style of baseball. The Indians managed to rally behind some lead-off walks and timely hitting only to surrender the lead late.
At 6-1 on the year, however, the Navajo Indians are rolling into the Tournament of Champions in Tuttle to face Ft. Cobb on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with a head of steam.
“Over these next two weeks, we will find out for sure if we are playing good baseball,” said Winters.