Polacca — Hopi High School used four freshmen to open its girls softball season by sweeping Pinon March 6 at Hopi High.
The Lady Bruins won the opener 15-2 before easing to a 33-15 victory in the nightcap.
Hopi High Coach Dirk Wirth was ecstatic with the pitching, but felt the defense could have done better and wasn’t sure what to think of the offense.
“We had two freshmen pitchers and two freshmen catchers who I thought were outstanding for their first varsity game,” he said.
Holly Laban and Cheslyn Nevayaktewa were the freshmen catchers. Jalena Dewakuku and Kristy Povatea were the outstanding freshmen pitchers.
Coach Wirth said the defense needs to improve.
“We made a lot of good plays, but we also made too many errors,” he said.
Coach Wirth said it’s too early to tell how good the Lady Bruins will be at the plate.
“Everybody got to play today, and gaining the experience is what it’s all about,” he said.
Coach Wirth has more than 30 players out for the squad so they will be fighting for playing time. But only four of the players are seniors with more than 10 freshmen trying to prove their worth. Gould leads the seniors.
“Chassity is a good ballplayer. She tried shortstop today, which is a tough position for a lefty,” he said.
The other seniors are Savanna Spurlock, Eva Bahnimptewa and Rebecca Batala.
Coach Wirth said Spurlock is a vocal leader while Gould leads by example. He said sophomore Ivy Taylor and juniors Lenita Poncho and Tori Yazzie should help the Lady Bruins.
“I’m really impressed. This is a good group of young ladies,” he said. “But I’m just getting used to the players, and they’re just getting used to me.”
Coach Wirth said Hopi has a lot of players with potential, but he doesn’t know what the rest of the 3A North Conference has yet.
“We have the opportunity to do better, but it’s too early to tell. It depends how we come around. I see the kids improving everyday. But we have a long way to
go to be good,” he said.
Coach Wirth said he has a good coaching staff with Lavonne Honyouti, Sally Olsen and Annette Fredericks.
Hopi’s Jalena Dewakuku fired a complete game three hitter in the opener. The Lady Bruins had 19 walks in the first game, but also had their share of hits.
Chassity Gould, Lenita Poncho and Tori Yazzie had two hits each. Hollie Laban and Terra Morgan each belted triples.
Hopi’s offense picked up steam in the second game as the Lady Bruins drew 25 walks, but used their bats to make the most of the walks. Gould smacked a three run homer, a triple and had two walks. Kristy Povatea pitched six innings for the victory and Tahmie Smith threw the last frame to pick up the save.