Lady Bruins roll to victory<br>
Seligman — Hopi High School stroked 16 hits to sweep a doubleheader from Seligman April 3.
The Lady Bruins walloped Seligman 12-1 in the opener before taking the nightcap, 15-11.
Hopi improved to 7-2 overall, but remained 0-1 in the 3A North Conference.
Hopi High Coach Dirk Wirth said the Lady Bruins played fairly well in the opener.
“We played solid in the first game. We didn’t play quite as well in the second because we used a lot of younger players with little experience. But everybody got to hit and field. We took 27 players and they all played at least three innings,” he said.
Coach Wirth said the Lady Bruins enjoyed their time in Seligman because the Antelopes were good hosts.
“They’re putting in new fields, and they’ll be nice when they’re done,” he said. “The girls had a good time and it was a good experience for them.
Wirth noted that this was Hopi’s first game after spring break.
“We weren’t as sharp as we could have been because of the lack of practices. We gave up a few too many walks and our hitting was weaker then I would have liked, but that was due to the layoff,” he said.
Coach Wirth thinks the Lady Bruins will be prepared for their next conference game at 4 p.m. Thursday at Holbrook.
Coach Wirth said Hopi’s strength is its fielding but added there is room for improvement.
“This was a positive experience for the kids because we can see improvement,” he said.
Hopi’s Tahmie Smith was the winning pitcher in the opener with Jaylena Dewakuku picking up the save.
Smith struck out six and walked three during four shutout innings. Dewakuku fanned four and walked three.
The Lady Bruins banged out nine hits and took advantage of eight walks. Smith led the way with two hits, Ivy Taylor socked a double and walked twice and, Tori Yazzie smacked a double and had one walk.
In the nightcap, Eva Bahnimptewa gained the victory by pitching three and two-thirds innings. She gave up seven runs, struck out three and walked two. Dewakuku earned the save by pitching three and one-third innings. She struck out three and walked five.
Hopi banged out seven hits and took advantage of nine walks. Terra Morgan led the hitting brigade with a triple, Chassity Gould and Celena Nash smacked doubles. Crystalynn Phillips and Nash had two hits apiece.