Lady Bruins claim 3rd place in 3A North<br>
WINSLOW — Jaylena Dewakuku spun a six hitter as Hopi High School beat Window Rock, 7-3, in girls’ softball action April 30 to claim third place in the 3A North Conference playoffs.
Hopi improved to 9-5 overall and goes to state as the third seed from the North. The Lady Bruins will play Safford, the second seeded team from the South, at 4:45 p.m. May 6 at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex, located at 9833 N. 25th Ave. in Phoenix.
Dewakuku struck out five and didn’t walk anybody on her way to the complete game victory against Window Rock.
Hopi High Coach Dirk Wirth said Hopi High played well in the conference tournament and is now ready to go to state.
Wirth said the Lady Bruins did a really good job defensively against the Lady Scouts. Hopi turned a couple double plays including an unassisted double play by Jackie Tsosie.
Hopi almost had a triple play when Window Rock had the bases loaded and a grounder was hit to second base. The second basemen tagged out the runner and threw to first base for the double play. The runner then tried to score from the third. The throw should have had the runner out at home to complete the triple play, but the catcher dropped the ball allowing the runner to score.
Hopi scored the seven runs on five hits and three walks.
“We made the most of our opportunities,” Wirth said.
Holly Laban led the Hopi High offense with three hits and she scored three times. Kristy Timms scored twice.
Quintina Quintero had a hit as a pinch hitter.
Wirth said the leaders defensively were Kristy Pavatea at shortstop, Terra Morgan at centerfield and Holly Laban as catcher.
On April 29, Winslow beat Hopi, 8-1. Dewakuku gave up ten hits. She struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
The Lady Bruins scored their lone run in the third inning when Celina Nash singled and Laban brought her home with a single.