The 7-2 Navajo Junior High Lady Indians find themselves at 7-2 for a very good reason.
They have not quite figured out how to lose consistently.
The Lady Indians took a road trip Friday and Saturday to Mangum to participate in the Mangum Tournament, but for every other team in attendance, it was going to be a very bad two days of softball.
Navajo swept the tournament with four consecutive wins, being so stingy with the ball they never allowed an opponent to score. Not once in four games. Let that sink in.
If it was not enough to coast to a perfect 4-0 showing, they also outscored their opponents by a combined 30-0 and allowed just five hits the entire tournament.
Stingy actually seems to be an understatement.
The Lady Indians wanted to make a statement and they wanted to do so in the early going.
On Friday morning, they jumped on the Altus Junior High School softball squad and never let up, activating the run-rule in the third inning and leaving the Lady Bulldog’s behind by a score of 10-0.
Haven Gilbert was on the mound for the Lady Indians and she was on fire. Gilbert needed only 26 pitches to down the Lady Bulldogs and did not allow a single hit in her three innings of work. She also struck out four and was awarded a perfect game for her efforts.
Abby Bates led all batters with a perfect 2-for-2 batting performance including three runs, four RBI’s—runs-batted-in, and a grand slam to end the game in the bottom of the third.
Game 2: Two up, two down
Never satisfied, the Lady Indians went into the second game of the tournament against the Merrit Oilerettes with every intention of a similar outcome.
As it turns out, the outcome was almost identical with the Lady Indians beating the Oilerettes by a score of 10-0 and allowing zero hits.
Haven Gilbert took the mound for the first two innings against the Oilerettes and came up only one batter short of striking out every batter she faced. She left the game having pitched two nearly perfect innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
Taking her place was Trinity Rohrer who did strikeout every batter she faced, going one inning and needing only 15 pitches to retire the side to give the Lady Indians their second consecutive win of the tournament.
Their 10 runs were led once again by Abby Bates who crossed the plate three times on zero hits which she managed by being hit by a pitch twice and being walked once.
Helping her out on offense was Gabby Kille who was 1-for-2 with one run scored and two RBI’s.
The Lady Indians received a break from tournament play until Saturday afternoon when they would face off against the Mangum Lady Tigers.
Game 3: Lady Indians allow first hit of the tournament
The Mangum Lady Tigers provided the first and only real challenge the Lady Indians would face at the tournament as they made the Lady Indians earn each of their two runs in the five-inning game.
The tireless Gilbert was once again on the mound, putting in five innings of work while allowing only one hit and striking out three.
The Lady Indians only managed two hits but it was enough as they would go on to blank the Lady Tigers 2-0 behind the runs of Mary Stengel and Trinity Rohrer, each of whom were walked before ultimately scoring. Stengel scored on a sacrifice by Mattie Weiszbrod while Rohrer crossed the plate on a well-hit ball to center field by Angela Nichols.
Game 4: One final game
The Lady Indians would face off against the Lady Tigers once more for the championship in a game that saw the Lady Indians need only two hits to score eight runs.
The always brilliant Gilbert took the mound once more. She started the tournament off with a win and would close it out with a win after going four innings, allowing only four hits and striking out two.
Seven walks and six errors by the Lady Tigers’ pitcher contributed to their collapse as the Lady Indians took advantage of every gift they were given.
Gabby Kille and Trinity Rohrer both crossed home plate twice for the Lady Indians while Jewel Smith, Stengel, Weiszbrod, and Nichols all crossed one time each.
The Lady Indian’s two-hit performance was led by Rohrer and Weiszbrod, who both had one apiece.
Costly errors by the Lady Tigers squad allowed the Lady Indians to put up six of eight points in the second inning.
The Navajo Junior High Lady Indians were awarded the tournament championship after four consecutive victories, 30 total runs scored, and only five hits allowed by just two of their pitchers.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.