Hollis and Navajo faced each other again this week in what was a rematch of the Shortgrass Conference Tournament final last week in Sayre.
Navajo won that final 4-2 over Hollis to win the conference tournament.
This time, Hollis would take the one run victory 5–4.
Holden Mandrell started the game on the mound for the Indians.
Mandrell threw 3.1 innings striking out five yielding three hits and allowing three walks.
David Gilstad relieved Mandrell throwing the final 2.2 innings striking out four Hollis hitters and giving up only one hit.
Colby Staggs and Jake Hall had two hits each.
Twice Navajo found themselves in the lead at 2–0 then again at 3–1.
But their undoing was on defense.
“We hit okay today,” said Weston Winters. “But at the end of the night our defense let us down. It’s disappointing. However it might be best for us at this time. Because now we know they can beat us.”
Navajo turned around on Tuesday and hosted Snyder and in back-to-back losses dropped the game to Snyder 14–12.
“We’re struggling right now to play consistently,” We have to get our act together. These kids know how to win so, it should be easy to fix this.”
With the wind blowing out it was a good day to hit. Maxwell Smith was 3–5 with three doubles and six RBIs.
Hall had a hit and two RBIs. Mandrell was 2–4 with a double and triple and two RBIs.
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