By Greg Perkins
The Bulldogs have had a busy month of April thus far with 12 games played, including five at the Wolves Classic held at Estrella Foothills earlier in the month.
In the tournament Winslow posted two wins against three losses. The Bulldogs earned victories over Florence, 16-6, and Blue Ridge, 17-10. Losses were to Show Low, 8-4, Combs, 10-7, and Buckeye, 3-2.
In regular season power point games the Bulldogs have posted a 4-3 mark and with just two games left on their schedule they should be headed to the state playoffs if they can pick up at least one win. Winslow entered this week ranked 20th in the standings and with the top 24 earning a state tournament bid the Bulldogs should make it, especially with Chinle as their final opponent. After hosting Coconino on Tuesday, Winslow will wrap up the regular campaign with a trip to face the Wildcats in Chinle today (April 24), then await their fate when the final rankings come out later in the week. The state tournament will get underway next week.
After beginning the month with an easy 17-0 win over Hopi on April 2, the Bulldogs traveled to the Valley for the Wolves Classic.
They resumed regular season play on April 10, suffering a 16-9 loss at Coconino.
Adrian Montoya did his part at the plate in that game, going two for four with 2 RBI.
Kuster Kinlicheenie took the loss on the hill, working four innings. He allowed six runs, only three earned, on nine hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks.
The following day the Bulldogs were back on the road at Snowflake, where they came out on the short end of a pitcher’s dual, losing 2-1 in extra innings to the Lobos.
Winslow led 1-0 through four innings, but Snowflake fought back to tie the game in the fifth, then won the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Snowflake collected nine hits, compared to six put up by the Bulldogs.
Jon Bollin went the distance on the mound and took the loss, working 72/3 innings where he faced 29 batters. He gave up just two runs, both earned, on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
On April 13 Winslow hosted Joseph City in a doubleheader and easily picked up wins in both games.
The Bulldogs won the first 14-3 behind 17 hits and a strong performance on the hill from Matthew Ramos, who worked five innings, facing 20 batters. He gave up just three runs, only one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts.
Triples by Montoya, Vincenzio Sells and Colton Corum, along with doubles from C.J. Chacon, Montoya, Corum and Ramos provided more than enough run support for the win.
The second game went much like the first with the Bulldogs winning this one 13-3 with 15 hits. Matt Cirre hit a triple, Sam Setalla and Caleb Cirre hit doubles, and Corum pounded a home run to lead the way.
Setalla got the start and the win, working four innings. He allowed just two runs, only one earned, on three hits, and had four strikeouts and four walks.
On April 15 the Bulldogs picked up a solid win over Blue Ridge, defeating the Yellowjackets 6-1 in Lakeside.
Kinlicheenie pitched well, earning the win with six innings of work. He allowed just one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.
At the plate Jeff Gonzales hit a double, and Corum went two for four with four RBIs and scored once.
Last Friday’s game at Flagstaff didn’t go quite as well for the Bulldogs, as they fell to the Eagles 11-1 in five innings.
Winslow was credited with just five hits in the game, two of which were doubles from Corum and Sells.
Bollin got the start and took the loss with two innings pitched. He gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits with three walks.
By Greg Perkins