Navajo wins home opener, 5-0


Brad Gilbert - bgilbert@civitasmedia.com



Navajo coach Weston Winters enjoys a pre-game chuckle with the Cordell coach and umpire Brant Jones.


A painted number 40 was on the field behind home plate to honor the late Adam Wooten.


Jersey number 40 is worn by a different Navajo player each game to honor their late teammate Adam Wooten.


Colby Staggs spins out as he cue-balled this one off the end of the bat.


Jake Hall fouls this one back.


Max Smith reaches for one in the first inning.


David Gilstad releases a first inning curve ball.


The Navajo team embraces Angela Wooten after she threw out the first pitch before the home opener against Cordell.


Navajo catcher Jake Hall hustles out to present Angela Wooten the ball she threw out for the firstpitch.


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.

Navajo coach Weston Winters enjoys a pre-game chuckle with the Cordell coach and umpire Brant Jones.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_2-weston.jpgNavajo coach Weston Winters enjoys a pre-game chuckle with the Cordell coach and umpire Brant Jones.

A painted number 40 was on the field behind home plate to honor the late Adam Wooten.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_940.jpgA painted number 40 was on the field behind home plate to honor the late Adam Wooten.

Jersey number 40 is worn by a different Navajo player each game to honor their late teammate Adam Wooten.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_8parkercaskey.jpgJersey number 40 is worn by a different Navajo player each game to honor their late teammate Adam Wooten.

Colby Staggs spins out as he cue-balled this one off the end of the bat.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_8staggs.jpgColby Staggs spins out as he cue-balled this one off the end of the bat.

Jake Hall fouls this one back.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_7hall.jpgJake Hall fouls this one back.

Max Smith reaches for one in the first inning.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_6maxwell.jpgMax Smith reaches for one in the first inning.

David Gilstad releases a first inning curve ball.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_5David.jpgDavid Gilstad releases a first inning curve ball.

The Navajo team embraces Angela Wooten after she threw out the first pitch before the home opener against Cordell.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_4embrace.jpgThe Navajo team embraces Angela Wooten after she threw out the first pitch before the home opener against Cordell.

Navajo catcher Jake Hall hustles out to present Angela Wooten the ball she threw out for the firstpitch.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_3firstpitch.jpgNavajo catcher Jake Hall hustles out to present Angela Wooten the ball she threw out for the firstpitch.

Brad Gilbert

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