By Greg Perkins
The Winslow Bulldogs found themselves on both sides of five-inning outcomes in the final week of the regular baseball season. They fell in five innings to Coconino on Monday, then bounced back to defeat Chinle in five innings on Wednesday to wrap up the regular season.
The split earned them the 20th overall seed in the state tournament, which began Tuesday afternoon for the Bulldogs when they faced No. 13 Empire in an opening round game. If the Bulldogs got past Empire, they will face fourth seeded Scottsdale Christian at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in the second round. If they survive until Saturday, they will play in a third round game at 1 p.m.
Last Tuesday’s game against Coconino was close until the fourth inning when the Panthers seized control with eight runs. Their lone run in the fifth was enough to end the game under the 10-run rule.
Winslow managed just one hit in the game, which came off the bat of Adrian Montoya. He went one for one with an RBI and stole one base. His RBI was credited when Vincenzio Sells, who drew a walk, later scored. Both players had a stolen base.
Kuster Kinlicheenie pitched a third of an inning, facing three batters. He gave up two runs, only one earned, on two hits with two walks. Colton Corum pitched 12/3 innings, facing seven batters. He allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with one strikeout and one walk. Jon Bollin worked three innings, facing 13 Panther batters. He gave up six runs, all earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
Wednesday’s regular season finale at Chinle went much better for the Bulldogs. Five first inning runs set the early tone and the Bulldogs scored at least one run in each of the next four frames, including five in the fourth, which pushed the margin past 10. The Bulldogs went on to win the game 15-1.
Mathew Ramos pitched all five innings, facing 19 Wildcat batters. He gave up just one unearned run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Ramos received plenty of help at the plate. Matt Cirre went zero for one, was hit by a pitch, had two sacrifice hits and two RBIs, and scored one run. C.J. Chacon went one for three with an RBI. Montoya was two for two with a double, walked once and scored three runs. Caleb Cirre went one for one, scoring once. Sells was two for four with a double and had four RBIs. Corum went three for four with a double, two RBIs and scored three runs. Rey Chavez-Valez was three for three with two RBIs and scored three runs. Jeff Gonzales went two for three with an RBI and scored twice. Bollin was two for two with a double and an RBI, and scored twice. Chance Dick went one for one with two RBIs.
By Greg Perkins