By Sam Conner
The Winslow High School Bulldogs baseball team lost a pair of recent games to the Flagstaff Eagles, 16-1 in Winslow on March 12 and 7-2 in Flagstaff on March 14. On March 17, the Bulldogs defeated the Hopi Bruins 18-0 at Polacca. The next day, they journeyed to Camp Verde, where they lost 3-0 to the Cowboys. The results left the Bulldogs with a 6-6 record for the season.
The first game against Flagstaff, a 16-1 loss, was one in which the Bulldogs were plagued with errors and walks. The second game with the Eagles resulted in a 7-2 loss, but was one in which Winslow scored in the top of the first inning and led until the Eagles scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Flagstaff added its final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Matt Ramos took the loss, giving up seven runs on eight hits, five of which were earned. He walked four and struck out four. Kuster Kinlicheenie worked an inning in relief and allowed only one hit.
The Bulldogs had four hits as Kevin Brown, Kinlicheenie and Junior Villanueva were all 1 for 3, with Brown smacking a triple and Villanueva, a double. Rey Chavez-Velez was 1 for 4.
In the 18-0 win over Hopi, Junior Villanueva got the win, working three innings and not allowing a hit or a run while walking two and striking out seven. Chance Dick worked the final inning of the shortened game and allowed two walks while striking out two.
Winslow had 15 hits led by K.C. Clay and Chavez-Velez, who were both 3 for 3, with Clay having two doubles and a home run, and Chavez-Velez, a triple. Villanueva was 2 for 3 with a triple. Nick Marquez was 1 for 1. Dick and Kinlicheenie were both 1 for 2, with Kinlicheenie having a triple. Marcus Monroe was 1 for 4.
In the 3-0 loss to Camp Verde, Ramos worked four scoreless innings, and did not allow a hit or a run while fanning four and walking two. Kinlicheenie lost for the first time this season in relief, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits.
Winslow outhit the Cowboys seven to two but left nine runners on base. Chavez-Velez was 2 for 4. Clay was 1 for 2. Dick, Marquez and Avelar were all 1 for 3. Kinlicheenie was 1 for 4.
The Bulldogs were slated to play the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets on Tuesday at Lakeside, and will host the Coconino Panthers on Friday, March 27, and the Mingus Marauders on Tuesday, March 31.