Navajo played host to a one-day baseball festival and took two wins in the process.
Navajo won the festival’s opener over Chattanooga 11-2. David Gilstad got the win for the Indians and improves to 5-1 on the season. Gilstad went five innings giving up only two hits while putting six Chatty hitters down on strikes.
“He really has been pitching well,” said coach Weston Winters. “He didn’t pitch very much this fall but he is pitching with a ton of confidence right now.”
Some familiar names highlight the damage Navajo did at the plate. Maxwell Smith was 2-2 with 3RBI. Jacob “hit machine” Hall was 2-3 with two runs batted in. Curtis Goodson was 2-2 and drove in two runs.
“This is the best we have played all season,” said Winters. “We had been sloppy and just going through the motions. I was glad to see that we responded to our poor play the last couple games. I told the boys that good teams start sharpening up this time of year and they know it.”
In the nightcap Navajo lined up against Canute and Navajo was standing in the end of the 4-2 game with victory.
“Talk about a good game,” said Winters. “Both teams battled in this game. It was good baseball.”
Navajo scored in the top of third on a throwing error by the third baseman. David Gilstad hit a soft ground ball and was running hard out of the box. It made the third baseman throw scoring Tristan Netherton.
Navajo took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Jacob Hall double in the fourth inning scoring Maxwell Smith from first base. We had their ace on the ropes with bases loaded with no outs,” said Winters. “All three of our kids struck out. It was disappointing because we were really about to get to him.”
It was 2-1 in the top of sixth.
Jacob Hall led off with a smash deep solo home run to straight away center field. Pitchers Holdyn Mandrell got the win throwing five innings striking out nine and yielding just three hits.
“I am really proud of this kid,” said Winters. “He is very coachable and works his very hard to improve. He is going to be a good one. The Canute coach mentioned how very impressed he was with him only being a freshman. Wyatt Weaver pitched four outs for us and David Gilstad came on to pick up the two out save.”
Navajo runs its record up now to 16-3.
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