All-Star teams finish opening round
At least two of Winslow's Little League All-Star Teams are still alive while four are done for the season. The other three teams were still in action as of Monday or the coaches were unavailable for results.
The 11-12-year-old girls beat Taylor, 5-1, in St. Johns on Saturday to stay in the tournament. Coach Avery Smith said Ivory Cochran pitched a great game and the defense was strong throughout the tournament.
The girls opened the All-Star season with a 32-10 win over Show Low. Cochran, Jodee Panana, Arianna Huerta and Mallory Smith pitched well for Winslow. The girls followed that victory with another over Snowflake, 37-0. Cochran and Smith pitched in the win. Alexandra Lomeli and Melissa Jacobs pitched Winslow to a 16-5 win over Pinetop.
Taylor and Winslow were scheduled to meet again yesterday in the best-of-three series finale. If Winslow won, they would move on to the state tournamaent. If Taylor won, the two would meet tonight.
The 9-10-year-old girls are still alive too after beating Snowflake in Taylor on Saturday. Coach Quentin Hayes was not available for the score or upcoming schedule. The girls previously beat Round Valley, 35-5, and Taylor, 17-2.
Winslow hosted two tournaments Tuesday through Saturday. The 15-16-year-old girls' division included just two teams ‹ Winslow and Show Low ‹ in a best-of-three series. Show Low won the opener, 2-1, in 8 innings. Quintina Begay and Jennifer Estudillo pitched for Winslow. The hometown team took the second game, 9-8, in 9 innings with Estudillo, Begay and Alicia Flores tossing from the mound. Winslow dropped a heartbreaker in the rubber match, 2-0. Estudillo went the distance for Winslow.
After the loss, Coach Roger Conatser applauded his team's ability to play so well together even though some of the girls had never played together before the series. The all-star teams include players from Winslow, Joseph City and Holbrook.
For their final game, the 13-14-year-old girls needed to beat Round Valley and have Taylor beat Blue Ridge. The Winslow team did its part by winning 23-4. However, Blue Ridge was undefeated in the tournament and moved on to the state level. Jennifer Yazzie pitched Winslow to the win.
Winslow opened the tournament with a 18-2 win over Show Low. Megan Poudrier and Yazzie pitched. Poudrier then pitched for Winslow in the 7-5 loss to Blue Ridge. Winslow rebounded to beat White River, 11-3, with Yazzie, Felicia Nagle and Mariah Guzman pitching.
The 11-year-old boys' team was playing for the division title on Monday in Page. They opened their All-Star season with a 16-4 loss to Continental. Matt Smith pitched in the loss. They followed with a 14-3 win over Flagstaff. Aaron Martin and Tracy Poudrier threw for the victory. Smith and Poudrier teamed to pitch Winslow to a 6-3 win over Mt. Eldon and a 15-5 win over Page.
The 13-14-year-old boys were scheduled to play Friday against Flagstaff-Coconino and Saturday morning against Continental-Mt. Eldon. Those scores were not reported by Monday.
The team started the division tournament with a 10-0 win against Tuba City. Sean Pugh pitched for Winslow. The boys lost the second game, 7-2, against Page. Roman Guzman and Matthew Smith threw for Winslow.
Winslow Little League co-president Debbie Brown said the 9-10-year-old boys and 11-12-year-old boys were out but did not have the results.
Results from the 15-year-old boys' team were not reported.