The Navajo Lady Indians started the season strong, going 2-0 with an 8-2 win at Snyder and a 6-0 win at Leedey, but have since dropped four straight games. So what has happened to this Lady Indians team?
The Indians softball team was expected to be brilliant and to be competing for a state championship by season’s end, but for some reason they have struggled down this four-game stretch and have left many of their fans scratching their heads.
Their struggles continued Tuesday evening against the Hobart Bearcats in a one-hit performance that now has many wondering when or even if they will be able to turn it around and save their season before it is too late.
Although it took the Bearcats the seven full innings to pick up their ten runs, they managed to complete their dismantling of the Lady Indians after a three-run seventh capped off their 12-hit day.
Shelby Ard pitched an outstanding game for the Bearcats, completing a seven inning complete game one-hit shutout while striking out four.
Kaylen Carroll got off to a rough start for the Indians, throwing 99 pitches in five innings of work and allowing nine hits, seven runs with three earned, and striking out only one and walking four.
Tabitha Armstrong came in to close out the final two innings for the Indians, but did not fare much better allowing three hits in 39 pitches, three earned runs and striking out two while walking two.
The Lady Indians’ lone hit came from Brooke Burgess in the bottom of the fourth inning. Burgess has been one of the few bright spots of the Indians’ offense through the recent slump managing a combined 4-for-8, with two runs scored, two RBI’s — runs-batted-in, and two walks.
The Bearcats wracked up 12 hits on Molly Myers’ 3-for-4 and two-run day and Ard’s 2-for-5, two-run and two-RBI showing.
Ard was the first to score for the Bearcats in the game after getting on base with a ground ball to the short stop giving the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.
Hannah Hart’s ground out to the first baseman in the top of the second, scored Myers to put the Bearcats up 2-0, but the Bearcats’ inning ended when Ard grounded out to the third baseman and left two base runners stranded for the Bearcats.
The Bearcats plated two in the top of the third, two in the top of the fourth, and one in the top of the fifth to take a 7-0 lead on the Lady Indians, but it was the top of the seventh where the Lady Bearcats scored three to make an Indians’ comeback all but impossible.
Catherine Rudkins started off the inning with a walk before a Hart single to right field put her in scoring position at third. Kenlee Smith grounded out to the shortstop, but it was just enough to advance Hart to third and score Rudkins giving the Lady Bearcats an 8-0 lead.
Ard doubled to the second baseman, scoring Hart and putting herself in scoring position before a Jacie Phillips single to right field brought her home and gave the Bearcats their eventual game winning 10-0 lead.
Now, the Lady Indians will go back to the drawing board and look to right their ship against the Sentinel Lady Bulldogs at home 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.