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Lady Bruins softball team victorious against Greyhills

TUBA CITY-Hopi scored five runs in the last inning to come from behind and beat Greyhills, 10-8, in high school girls softball action March 27.

Hopi improved to 7-12 overall. It was the 3A North Conference opener for the Bruins.

Hopi trailed 6-5 going to the seventh inning, but scored five runs to take the 10-6 lead. Greyhills scored two runs in the seventh inning but it was too little, too late.

Holly Jim-LaRance and Krystal Kooyahoema were the pitchers for Hopi as they combined to give up six hits, struck out five and walked six.

Hopi High Coach Dirk Wirth said they pitched a good game considering the weather conditions.

Coach Wirth said he was squatting trying to keep warm, but the winds were so severe they almost blew him away.

Coach Wirth praised the Hopi fielding.

"Defense was our strong point," he said.

Coach Wirth credited Cassandra Nash, Chelsea Nevayaktewa, Germaine Pedro, Racheal Jim, Tisha Lilly and Kooyahoema for playing strong defense.

Hopi banged out eight hits, most late in the game.

Racheal Jim, Allayna Koruh, Quinnel Namingha, Nash, Nevayaktewa and Pedro all smacked doubles. Nash and Jim-LaRance had two hits each.

Coach Wirth said Hopi played well.

"I'm proud we came back in the seventh inning. We showed a lot of character," he said.

Coach Wirth said the Lady Bruins made too many base running mistakes, but he added part of that was due to Greyhills' defense.

"Greyhills has a solid team. Their starting pitcher went out with an elbow problem. I was glad because we couldn't hit her," he said.

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