The Navajo Indians took the field in El Reno again on Friday for two games.
This time, Navajo suffered their first loss of the season. The Pioneers, ranked 8th in class A, bested the 11th ranked Navajo, 6-2 in the 10 a.m. match-up.
“We gave this game away by not being sharp,” said coach Weston Winters. “But to their credit they took advantage of our mistakes. That’s what good teams do.”
The Pioneers managed six hits off of Navajo pitching. With runners on base, Navajo put five pitches to the backstop allowing for runners to move around the bases.
The Indians out hit the Pioneers nine to six.
Curtis Goodson started on the mound and threw three complete innings but was hit by a pitch on his throwing elbow and had to leave the game.
Tristan Netherton pitched the final three innings and really pounded the zone striking out three Pioneer hitters.
“I kept telling the boys that mistakes would eventually catch up with us,” said Winters. “Today, it did. We will learn from the loss. We had runners in scoring position all seven innings. We needed someone to get a clutch hit.”
Jake Hall was 2-3 at the plate. Tristan Netherton was 2-3 with two singles and three stolen bases. Paul Krehbiel added a hit and an RBI.
In game two, Navajo returned to the winning side of things as the blister Barnsdall 5-1. David Gilstad picked up the win going all seven innings. Gilstad picked up two wins in two days. He finished game one on Thursday and started the last game Friday. “The Thursday win gave him a lot of confidence,” said Winters. “He just stayed ahead in the count all day. The wind was blowing in so we kept throwing his fastball on the corners.”
Gilstad only gave up two hits to Barnsdall while sitting 10 hitters down on strikes.
Tristan Netherton was 2-2 with two singles. Colby Staggs was 1-2. Jake hall 1-2 with a double and an RBI. Curtis Goodson went 2-3 with an RBI.
Navajo is now 8-1 on the season and play at Sayre on Monday.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076