The Navajo Lady Indians continued their winning ways Thursday with a 3-0 sweep of the district tournament just before the upcoming regional tournament.
The Lady Indians totaled 11 hits in their win against a tough Burns Flat team, needing seven innings to close them out, but doing it by a score of 8-3.
A three-run fourth for Navajo broke a 3-3 tie between the two teams and the Navajo defense was able to buckle down and keep the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard to earn its first victory of the tournament.
The fourth inning scoring began following an interference call that put Julia Pelletier on first base, but was spurred on by Brooke Burgess who connected with a solid hit to left field for a double that scored Pelletier.
Burgess was able to make it to third on a passed ball before Tabitha Armstrong delivered a ground ball to third and beat the throw to make it safely to first. Gracee Bates walked and it soon began to look as if the Lady Indians would run away with the game.
Kalee Cross helped the Indians along with a hard double to the shortstop that scored both Burgess and Armstrong and although the next three batters for the Lady Indians went down quietly, the damage was done.
The 8-3 win was spearheaded by Burgess’ 3-for-3 day in which she scored twice and brought in one run. Armstrong also helped out with a 3-for-4 day with two runs scored and one RBI — run-batted-in, leading the offense that to take some pressure off her pitching. Although Armstrong walked five batters and allowed seven hits, she did enough to hold the Lady Eagles to three and hand them a loss.
Game 2: No easy wins
The Lady Indians gained their first win of the tournament, but anything short of a district championship would not suffice.
The road to victory was hard for the remainder of the tournament as the Lady Indians took on the Canute Trojanettes.
Canute scored the first run in the top of the second, but the Lady Indians answered, scoring one in the third and one in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning.
Down but not out, the Trojanettes found life and tied the game in the top of the fifth at two apiece.
Luckily for the Lady Indians, Pelletier led off Navajo’s at-bat with a single to left field and although Burgess flew out to the shortstop, Armstrong delivered a single that moved Armstrong to third. Bates came in and singled to center field to score Armstrong and put the Lady Indians up by one with two innings left to play.
The Trojanettes couldn’t get anything going in the sixth and would regret it after Navajo took back over and led with a triple to right field. Karlee McCombs brought her in to put the Lady Indians up 4-2 and it was a score that was stick.
Armstrong pitched another good game and allowed only one earned run through seven innings of work while striking out one.
Gracee Bates brought in two of the Indians four runs with precision hitting in a 2-for-3 performance.
But the championship game was not easy.
Game 3: For the championship
Although the Lady Indians just came off a hard-fought victory over the Canute Trojanettes, they had to face them one more time to win it all.
Armstrong received the nod once more and allowed only two hits by Trojanette batters and held them to no runs in the championship game.
The Lady Indians did not have to battle back and forth during the final game, choosing instead to score all the runs they needed in the top of the second after a McCombs double put her in position to score in the early going.
Kara Cook delivered a double of her own to left field and McCombs crossed home to give Navajo the 1-0 lead over the Trojanettes. Just one play later, Pelletier reached base on an error by Canute’s third baseman. Cook took advantage of the same error to find her way home to give the Lady Indians a 2-0 edge.
The two teams were scoreless for the remainder of the game and although Canute began threatening in the bottom of the seventh, it was a threat that fizzled out as the Lady Indians secured the win and the championship.
Armstrong was nearly flawless, holding the Trojanettes to two hits and no runs, while walking only one.
McCombs scored one off one hit and Cook scored once and brought in McCombs off one hit as well.
The Lady Indians move on to the regional tournament, but time and place has yet to be named.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.