By Sam Conner –
The Winslow Bulldogs downed the Chinle Wildcats, 28-2, last Tuesday and defeated the Snowflake Lobos 9-5 two days later, with both games being played on the road. The wins left the Bulldogs with a 5-3 record for the young season.
Against Chinle, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and improved the margin to 8-1 in the second and 15-1 in the third on their way to the rout.
Colton Corum got the win and Vicenzio Sells worked in relief. Each allowed a run, but they held the Wildcats to just three hits for the game.
Matthew Smith led the Bulldogs’ heavy hitting attack with a four for four day at the plate with two doubles. Corum and James Martinez were each two for two, with Martinez having a pair of doubles. Avery Dashee and Chad LaPointe were each one for one. Chris Garrett was three for four with a pair of doubles and a home run. Vicenzio Sells was two for three. Vittorio Sells was three for five with a double. Jevon Estelle was three for five with two home runs. Rhett Hardy was one for three with a home run. Johnnie Woods was one for five.
Against Snowflake, Woos started, but Smith got the win in relief. Woods went 21/3 innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and two walks. Smith worked 41/3 innings and gave up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning. Winslow’s came from a single by Vittorio Sells, a double by Smith and a home run by Estelle. The Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead in the third inning on a single by Sells and a Snowflake error. The margin grew to 5-3 in the fifth inning on a walk, a stolen base and an error. Four walks and a single by Vicenzio Sells accounted for four runs and a 9-3 Winslow lead in the top of the fifth inning. Snowflake got its final two runs in the bottom of the seventh on two singles, a hit batsman and an error.
Hardy was one for one against Snowflake. Woods was one for two. Vittorio Sells was two for four with a double. Estelle was one for three with a home run. Smith was one for four with a double, and Vicenzio Sells was one for four as well.
The Bulldogs were slated to entertain Tuba City on Friday, and will not be in action again until Thursday, March 24, when they meet Blue Ridge at Lakeside.