Lady Bulldogs win five, lose one in Las Vegas tournament

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Winslow Lady Bulldogs won their first five games before losing in the semifinals of a top notch softball tournament in Las Vegas early last week. The results left Winslow with a record of 16-3. The wins came 1-0 against Bonanza, 7-4 against Palo Verde, 5-4 against Centennial, 3-2 in sudden death against Douglas and 2-1 against Foothill. The loss was to Bonanza, a team Winslow had beaten in pool play, 14-11. All of the competition is believed to be Las Vegas area high schools.

The first game was a 1-0 shutout win on Jennifer Yazzie's two hitter on Monday. She walked two and fanned seven. The only run of the game scored in the second inning when Gabrielle Stacey singled, Kyli Parsons walked and Melissa Jacobs singled to bring in the run. Jacobs and Yazzie were both two for three with Yazzie having a double. Felicia Nagle was one for two. Arianna Huerta and Stacey were one for three.

Also on Monday, Winslow defeated Centennial 5-4 in a rematch of a classic battle for the championship of the Bojo's/3C's Tournament in Winslow. Yazzie went all seven innings and gave up four runs on six hits and three walks while fanning five. Winslow scored four times in the first inning, which Centennial matched with two in the first and second innings. Winslow's scores came on an error, a singles by Huerta, Yazzie and Parsons and a double by Jacobs. Centennial's first inning scores came on two doubles, a walk and a single. Their second inning runs came on an error, a walk and two singles. The Lady Bulldogs won the game on a single by Mariah Guzman and a double by Nagle in the sixth inning.

Tuesday's game was a 2-1 win over Foothill behind Mallory Smith. She allowed one run on six hits and a walk while fanning four in the seven inning contest. Errors proved costly for Foothill as Winslow scored its first run in the top of the fourth when Yazzie walked and there were two errors and another walk. Foothill tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a double and a triple. The winning run scored in the top of the sixth after Yazzie was hit by the pitcher, Stacey sacrificed and Parsons doubled home the run. Winslow won the game with only two hits. Parsons had a double in two trips to the plate and Mireya Ulibarri was one for three.

Winslow defeated Palo Verde 7-4 with Kelly Pugh pitching all seven innings for the victory and allowing four runs on six hits with one strikeout. Palo Verde took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a pair of singles. The lead became 3-0 in the top of the third on a hit batsman, a single and an error. Winslow plated all seven of its runs in the top of the third to take an 8-3 lead. Guzman walked, Ulibarri reached on an error, Huerta singled, Nagle and Yazzie both doubled and Bernice Gover singled. Jacobs doubled and Stacey singled. Palo Verde got back one run in the bottom of the seventh on a single and an error but it wasn't enough to prolong the contest. Haley Hancock was one for one at the plate. Nagle and Gover were one for two with Nagle having a double. Smith, Jacobs and Stacey were one for three with Jacobs having a double. Yazzie was one for four with a double.

A 3-2 win over Douglas was one of the better games of the tournament. The contest went eight innings and was decided on a sudden death basis. Yazzie worked the first three innings and gave up one run on one hit and one walk while fanning two. Smith got the win in relief, going five innings and allowing a run on two hits while fanning one.

Both teams scored in the third inning. Winslow's run came when Guzman walked, Ulibarri reached on an error, Huerta and Yazzie both singled. Douglas scored on a walk and a single. Winslow took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Jacobs doubled and scored on Ulibarri's single. Douglas tied the score in the sixth on a single and a double. The decisive run scored in the eighth when Nagle was awarded second base and scored on singles by Gover and Stacey. Gover was two for four with a double. Jacobs was one for three with a double. Yazzie was also one for three. Ulibarri and Huerta were one for four.

The final game for Winslow was their only loss, a 14-11 setback to Bonanza, the team they had beaten earlier. Pugh took the loss, giving up seven runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks in two and a third innings. Yazzie worked an inning and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Smith worked two and two thirds innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned on five hits and a walk. Bonanza took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on two singles and two errors. Winslow jumped in front 6-3 in the top of the second on a walk to Stacey, a single by Parsons, a double by Jacobs and singles by Ulibarri. Huerta and Gover.

Bonanza went back ahead 8-6 in the bottom of the third on a single, a home run, a walk, three more singles and an error. The lead continued to grow to 11-6 in the fourth inning on a home run, three singles and a walk. It became 14-6 in the fifth inning on two single, a double, a walk and an error. Winslow closed to 14-10 in the top of the sixth on three errors, a walk and singles by Huerta, Parsons and Jacobs. The final run scored in the top of the seventh on two errors and singles by Gover and Parsons. Parsons was three for three in the contest. Gover was three for five. Ulibarri was two for four. Huerta and Jacobs were two for five with Jacobs having a double. Nagle was one for five.

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