Lady Bruins pull off tourney win <br>
GANADO — Tori Yazzie made a game saving catch in the last inning as Hopi edged Ganado, 5-3, in the opening round of the 3A North playoffs April 29 at Ganado.
Hopi improved to 9-8 overall and 2-7 against conference foes.
Ganado had two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh when the batter sent a liner down the right field line. Rightfielder Yazzie made the stab for the final out.
Hopi High Coach Dirk Wirth said if Yazzie didn’t catch the ball that the Lady Hornets would have tied the game.
Both teams had seven hits, but Hopi pitcher Tahmie Smith had better control as she walked just two. The Bruins were able to capitalize on six walks. Smith struck out eight on way to the complete game victory as Coach Wirth said the sophomore pitched well enough to win.
Hopi scored first in the top of the first as Savanna Anderson walked and scored on a single by Smith. Ganado scored all three of its runs in the home third with the help of two doubles and a single as the Lady Hornets led 3-1.
The Lady Bruins started the comeback in the fifth. Becky Batala singled, Anderson singled her to second and the runner scored on a single by Cheslyn Nevayaktewa.
Hopi went ahead in the sixth as Lenita Poncho singled, Ivy Taylor was hit by the pitch and Yazzie walked to load the bases. Anderson and Nevayaktewa had RBI singles as the Lady Bruins jumped ahead 4-3.
Hopi added a solo run in the seventh. Chasitty Gould walked and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Ganado used a single and a walk in the home seventh to threaten to pull it out, but Yazzie’s catch ended the attempted comeback.
Coach Wirth said this was one of Hopi’s better games of the season.
“I always want us to hit better, but Cheslyn and Tahmie both had two hits,” he said.
Coach Wirth said Hopi’s fielding was pretty good.
Yazzie’s catch stood out, but he said Anderson made an outstanding catch in centerfield earlier in the game. He said Nevayaktewa was solid behind the plate and Gould proved reliable at first base.