By Sam Conner
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs won their first five games of the 2014 season. They went 3-0 in the Fountain Hills Invitational Tournament, where they defeated Northwest Christian, 9-3, Window Rock, 10-0, and Coolidge, 16-2. Their last game of the tournament was canceled due to a heavy rainstorm. They defeated Snowflake 4-3 in a thriller at Winslow last Tuesday and Tuba City at 10-0 on the road the following day.
In the game against Northwest Christian, the Lady Bulldogs won 9-3 behind the pitching of Taylor Baca, who was touched for three unearned runs on four hits and two walks. Winslow scored twice in both the first and second innings, and three times in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. Two more in top of the fifth completed Winslow’s scoring and Northwest Christian got a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. Baca and Richelyn Villanueva were both two for three at the plate. Andrea Bollin and Sierra Wilcox were one for one. Alyssa Smith was one for two, and Hailee Branson, Megan Lymer and Jaleisa Hayes were one for three.
In the 10-0 win over Window Rock, Cheyenne Benally got the win, allowing no runs on just two hits and two walks while fanning five. Winslow scored a run in the first and three in both the second and third innings, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. Lymer and Jaleisa Hayes were two for three. Villanueva was one for two. Liz Lozano and Smith were one for three.
In the 16-2 victory over Coolidge, Villanueva got the win, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and a walk. Winslow scored a run in both the first and second innings, and three in the third. The Bulldogs plated a run in the fourth inning, and five each in the fifth and sixth. Coolidge scored a run each in the fourth and fifth innings. Lymer was a perfect five for five at the plate. Baca was three for five. Nikki Foy was two for three. Villanueva was two for four. Benally was one for one. Bollin, Lozano and Al Vigil-O’Haco were one for two. Branson was one for three. Wilcox was one for four.
In the 4-3 win over Snowflake, Baca got the tough win, giving up three runs, none of which were earned, on six hits and no walks while fanning three. Winslow scored in the second and fourth innings for a 2-0 lead, but Snowflake scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning to move out 3-2. The Bulldogs won the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Baca was two for four at the plate. Bollin was one for three. Lymer and Jaleisa Hayes were one for four.
In the 10-0 shutout of Tuba City, Villanueva got the win. Winslow scored six runs in the second inning, three in the fifth and one in the sixth. Baca was two for three. Halle Hayes was two for four. Smith was one for three. Lymer, Villanueva and Jaleisa Hayes were one for four.
Winslow was slated to play at Holbrook on Tuesday and at Page on Thursday, March 13. The Bulldogs will be home on Tuesday, March 18, against the Hopi Lady Bruins.
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By Sam Conner