The Winslow Lady Bulldogs softball team was slated to play the Holbrook Roadrunners in Winslow on Tuesday and will participate in the Safford Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Coach Becky Barris will begin the season with 18 players on the varsity roster. She greeted a record number of players when try outs began and said that the junior varsity team is carrying some 25 girls.
She expressed the hope that the school would be able to field a freshman team in 2006 as the interest in softball in Winslow has grown considerably in recent years.
Among the players she lists as probable major contributors are seniors Anna Pacheco (catcher/outfielder), Sarah Ragnoli (shortstop), Amanda Wilcox (third base), Tessa Ramsey (centerfield) and Tahmie Smith (pitcher); junior Brianna Conatser (first base/pitcher); sophomores Kaylee Salazar (first base/outfielder), Quintina Begay (second base), Shaleen Miller (catcher) and Alex Magana (second base/outfielder) and freshman Christina Rogers (outfielder).
Others on the squad include Devin Parsons, Melissa Robertson, Alicia Flores, Monika LeGate, Elizabeth McWaters, Frances Lewis and Jennifer Estudillo.
After the Safford Tournament, Winslow will play at Round Valley on March 8 and at Snowflake on March 10. The next scheduled home game is on March 15 against Chino Valley.
The Lady Bulldogs will host the Bojo’s/3C’s Invitational Tournament on March 18 and 19. This will be the second year for the tournament which drew an impressive number of outstanding teams last season.
Non-conference games against Camp Verde in Winslow on March 22 and Holbrook at Holbrook on March 23 will complete the March portion of the schedule.
Most of the games to be played in April are 3A North Region games. The Lady Bulldogs will meet Greyhills at Tuba City on April 5. A non-conference game in Winslow against Blue Ridge will be played on April 6. Regional play will resume with games against Hopi in Winslow on April 7, at Kayenta against Monument Valley on April 11.
Then will come another non-conference game against Show Low in Winslow on April 13. 3A North Region play will resume against Ganado in Winslow on April 14 and at Tuba City against Tuba City on April 16. Pinon will be in Winslow on April 19. A non-conference game at Blue Ridge will be played on April 20.
The final 3A North Region game will be played in Window Rock on April 22. The final non-conference games will be played in Fountain Hills as part of a double-header on April 23.
Winslow will host the semi-finals and finals of the 3A North Region Tournament on April 29 and 30. If the team does not finish first or second in the region, it may have to play on April 26 and/or 27 at a sight to be determined.
The state tournament will be played in Phoenix on May 6, 7, 13 and 14.