Errors costly to Bruin boys<br><br>
Seligman — Seligman won the opener 7-3, but Hopi won the nightcap, 5-3, April 2 in boys high school baseball action.
Hopi High Coach George Burgess said Koyaquaptewa did a great job.
“We can live with the hits, but the errors killed us,” he said.
Coach Burgess said Koyaquaptewa pitched well in the third inning when Seligman had the bases loaded with nobody out, but didn’t score. Koyaquaptewa struck out one batter and induced the next two into groundouts.
“That gives us something to build on,” the coach said.
Coach Burgess said Ortiz’s pitches were so slow that all the Hopi hitters could do was hit bloopers.
Ray Koyaquaptewa pitched a solid game for Hopi in the opener, but wasn’t rewarded as his teammates made six errors. Koyaquaptewa only allowed one earned run as he
struck out four and walked a pair.
Hopi banged out nine hits, but didn’t have any walks.
Joseph “Buck” Auclair smacked three hits including a triple, Michael Adams had two hits including a double, Dale Lalo had two hits and Dustin Denet and Koyaquaptewa both had doubles.
Brad Ortiz picked up the victory for the Antelopes. In the nightcap, Auclair pitched an eight hitter as he struck out seven and walked two on the way to his
complete game victory. Seligman’s Herschel Walker was tagged with the loss.
Hopi again banged out nine hits and took advantage of two walks. Mike Adams led the way with three hits including a double. Dale Lalo had two hits including a triple. Chris Sahu smacked two hits including a double. Auclair also had a double.
Coach Burgess said Auclair also gave a strong pitching effort.
“Seligman is a good hitting team so we had to earn our outs,” he said. “Seligman is one of the better teams we’ve played.”
Coach Burgess noted that Hopi only had two errors in the nightcap.
“It was much better fielding, and that was the difference between winning and losing,” he said.
Walker had better velocity then Ortiz and Hopi responded by hitting the ball harder.
“Today was a good start. Now, we can look forward to conference play,” he said.