Bruins headed for playoffs

POLACCA, Ariz.—Hopi High School’s baseball team has been tearing up the opposition, winning 10 of 13 games in the 2A North Conference.

And Coach Roe is bubbling—the Bruins can’t finish worse than third in the conference and are headed for the state playoffs.

“We have most of the nucleus back from last year and that’s why we’re doing so well,” he said, noting that Davin Leslie has emerged as team leader.

“He’s a dedicated athlete with aspirations for the next level. He has great potential and a lot of his talent has not yet been realized.”

Leslie and Cisco Mata are leading the hitting barrage with .400 clips. Emmett Navakuku is hitting .380 and has five doubles to lead the club in power hitting. David Russell is hitting .300.

Pitching is still a strong point for the Bruins. Leslie has won five of six games. Russell has won five of seven. Mata has been strong in relief outings.

Roe said Hopi High could be even better if players would come to practice more often, but, “It’s springtime and we’ve been having a hard time getting them to practice,” he said.

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