By Sam Conner
The Winslow High School baseball team began play on Thursday in the Falcon Baseball Invitational at Fountain Hills High School, which will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 28. The Bulldogs’ next game will be on Tuesday, March 3, at Snowflake, and will play at Vargas Field for the first time the following day against the Tuba City Warriors.
Coach Art Griffith has a young, inexperienced team with just three seniors on the roster, outfielder Marcus Monroe, catcher/pitcher Chance Dick and infielder Brandon Sedillo. Juniors on the team include infielder Blane Foster, pitcher/outfielder Matthew Ramos, infielder Rey Chavez-Velez, pitcher/outfielder Kuster Kinlicheenie and outfielder Jacob LaFon. The five sophomores on the roster are infielder John Stacey, outfielder Nick Marquez, infielder Travis Jacobs, outfielder Kevin Brown and catcher/outfielder K.C. Clay. Freshmen on the roster are pitcher/infielder Junior Villanueva, infielder/pitcher Darien Brown and infielder Ahli Foster.
Griffith is assisted by assistant coaches Shawn Smith and Ricky Greer, junior varsity coach Scott Corum and his assistant Jordan Payne.
The Bulldogs will host the Page Sand Devils on Saturday, March 7, and play the Roadrunners in Holbrook on Tuesday, March 10. Winslow will play the Eagles in Flagstaff on Thursday, March 12, and the Hopi Bruins at Polacca on Tuesday, March 17. The Bulldogs will remain on the road to play the Cowboys in Camp Verde on Wednesday, March 18, and the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets in Lakeside on Tuesday, March 24.
The Coconino Panthers will be featured in the first of a the Bulldogs’ three-game homestand on Friday, March 27, followed by the Mingus Marauders on Tuesday, March 31, and the Payson Longhorns on Tuesday, April 7.
Winslow is scheduled to play in the Wolves Classic Invitational Tournament April 9-11. Games with Blue Ridge and Globe were originally slated for those dates, but will be rescheduled.
The Holbrook Roadrunners will come to Winslow on Tuesday, April 14. The Bulldogs will go to Whiteriver on Saturday, April 18, to meet the Alchesay Falcons. The final regular season game will be played against the Cougars on Wednesday, April 22, at Show Low.