Polacca, Ariz. - Hopi High exploded for six runs in the home fifth to beat Chinle, 12-8, in the high school boys baseball season opener for the Bruins March 5. Chinle fell to 3-4 overall. Ray Kooyaquaptewa picked up the win in relief for Hopi. Logan Koopee started for the Bruins before Kooyaquaptewa came in during the fifth inning. Hopi High Coach James Roe was ecstatic about beating a 4A team as the Bruins prepare for their first baseball season in the 3A North.
“We played well for our first game of the season,” he said. “Our pitching was better than I thought, but we’re still getting in shape.” Coach Roe said the Hopi High bats came alive at times, but that more consistency is needed. “We scored some runs and we manufactured some runs. We’ll need to manufacture runs in the 3A North where runs are pretty scarce,” he said. Chinle’s first seven runs were unearned as the Bruins made seven errors. “We made some mistakes, but that’s why we have early games and I expect to see improvements,” he said. Coach Roe said he likes the chemistry of this Bruin team.