By Greg Perkins
So far through the month of April the Lady Bulldogs have gone 5-2 heading into the final week of the regular season. Four of those five wins were of the five-inning variety, with the Winslow squad outscoring its opponents in those games a combined 71-7. Their fifth win of the month was a hard fought, 2-0 decision over Blue Ridge.
Winslow opened the month in fine form with a 13-1 road win at Hopi.
The Bulldogs pounded out seven extra base hits, with Halle Hayes, Taylor Baca and Renee Bollin each collecting triples. Baca, Hailee Branson, Renee Bollin and Jaleisa Hayes all connected for doubles.
Baca earned the win in the circle, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts and a walk.
On April 10 the Bulldogs played host to Joseph City and quickly handed the Wildcats a 17-1 loss.
Baca again earned the win, giving up just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Halle Hayes and Jamie Bollin both hit home runs, and Baca helped herself with a pair of doubles.
The following day Winslow made the trip to Snowflake, where the Bulldogs picked up a 10-0, five-inning shutout over the Lobos.
Halle Hayes worked all five innings to secure the win, allowing only two hits with seven strikeouts and a single walk. She joined teammate Baca to lead the offense, with each hitting two doubles.
Hosting Blue Ridge on tax day, the Bulldogs pulled out a 2-0 win over the Yellowjackets.
The only runs in the game came in the third frame, where Winslow pushed both across.
Halle Hayes led the team at the plate, connecting for two triples. She also worked the first three innings in the circle, throwing seven strikeouts before giving way to Richelyn Villanueva, who worked the final four innings and collected three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the month two days later, although it took two extra innings before Coconino could hand the Bulldogs a 12-10 loss.
Kendra Whelan led the Panthers with a pair of home runs. Both teams hit the ball well, with Coconino counting for 16 hits and the Bulldogs pounding out 13.
Jamie Bollin connected for a home run. Baca, Branson and Andrea Bollin each hit doubles.
Villanueva started the game and went 51/3 innings for a no decision. Baca took the loss with 32/3 innings of work.
On April 18 the Bulldogs quickly got back into the win column with a 31-5 victory over Joseph City.
Baca was again solid in the circle, giving up just six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Home runs by Alyssa Smith and Megan Lymer were just two of the 35 hits by the Bulldogs, which included 14 doubles.
This past Friday’s game at Flagstaff was one the Bulldogs would just as soon forget, as they fell to the Lady Eagles 17-7 in five innings.
Winslow posted 10 hits, but made four errors. Flagstaff had little trouble with Winslow pitching, pounding out 19 hits in the win.
The Bulldogs headed into this week’s action ranked sixth in the power point standings with a 13-2 mark. With three games left on the schedule they still have a good chance to remain in the top eight in the rankings and secure a first round bye in the upcoming state tournament. They will have hosted Show Low on Monday, then traveled to Coconino for a rematch game on Tuesday. Today (April 24) they should have few problems in their season finale, which will be played at Chinle.
By Greg Perkins