Navajo jumped all over Sayre behind a terrific performance by freshman Holdyn Mandrell to get the win 12-2.
Mandrell moved to 3-0 on the mound this season.
“He had great stuff,” said coach Weston Winters. “Throwing into the south wind his stuff was pretty nasty. I think he has to be one of the best freshman pitchers around. He has command of all three pitches.”
Mandrell yielded just two hits while striking out five Sayre hitters.
“We hammered Sayre’s ace today,” added Winters. “He gave us some trouble on Monday but today we were ready to hit.”
Curtis Goodson was 1-2 with a two run home run in top of the first off the scoreboard. That was Goodson’s first high school home run. Maxwell Smith was 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
Tristan Netherton 2-4 with a two run home run. Netherton joined the first high school home run club with that blast.
In all, Navajo blasted out 11 hits. Jake Hall kept his hitting streak alive going 1-2 with a two run home run. That is Hall’s fifth long ball this season
“I was glad to see that we got out early and beat the ball around from the start of the game,” said Winters. ” We were focused from the first pitch. I like how we responded to not playing well on Thursday.”
Navajo, now 11-1 on the year and ranked #11 was scheduled to play a good Hollis team today in the finals of the Shortgrass Tournament at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Hollis is 5-0 and ranked #20.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076