Lady Bulldogs win two, reach semi-finals

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs pounded Ganado 24-0 and beat Safford 6-4 to win their first two games of the Arizona State 3A Conference Softball Tournament on May 2 and 3 and assured themselves of a berth against Santa Cruz in the semi-finals on May 9. A win there would match them against the Wickenburg-Window Rock winner the next day for the state championship. The wins improved Winslow to a sparkling 32-4 record for the season.

The surprise of the tournament in the first two rounds was Window Rock's 6-4 win over Show Low after a 5-4 win over Globe. Their next outing will have them face arguably the best pitcher in the tournament in Wickenburg's Audrey Workman. However, Wickenburg needed a wild pitch on an intentional walk of Workman to win their last game 1-0. They are likely not as good a hitting team as Winslow.

Against Ganado, Jennifer Yazzie worked three innings and allowed only a walk while fanning three. Mallory Smith worked the other two innings and did not allow a base runner while fanning two. The game was shortened to five innings due to the 10 run "mercy" rule.

Winslow scored six runs in the first inning and 10 in the second, six more in the third and another two in the fourth in the lop sided game. In the first inning Bernice Gover, Gabrielle Stacey and Mallory Smith all had singles, Mariah Guzman and Kyli Parsons had doubles and there were two walks. In the second, Alex Lomeli and Yazzie doubled and Gover, Guzman, Parsons and Smith singled before Yazzie hit her second double of the inning. There were also five walks. In the third inning, Lomeli and Gover singled; there were three errors and a walk. In the fourth, Smith singled and there was an error.

In the 6-4 win over Safford, Yazzie worked three and a third innings and got no decision. She allowed four runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman while fanning four. Smith got the win in relief. She worked four and two thirds innings and gave up no runs on two hits while fanning three.

Winslow had to come from behind to see the game end on Felicia Nagle's walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Safford Lady Bulldogs struck for a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Two singles, two doubles, an error and a hit batsman did the damage. Winslow got one back in the bottom of the fourth on singles by Nagle, Yazzie and Gabrielle Stacey. The Winslow girls tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning in singles by Yazzie and Gover, a double by Stacey and a single by Guzman.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Lomeli kept the inning going with a single and Nagle ended the contest with her game-winning, walk-off home run.

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