Chinle splits doubleheader with Ganado

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

CHINLE, March 28, 2013

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Ganado third baseman Korey Curtis (9) makes the tag against Wildcat runner Kody Ayze on Tuesday in Chinle

SECOND FROM TOP: Ganado Hornet Korey Curtis fails to make contact with the ball during a game against the Chinle Wildcats in Chinle.

T he best they could do was split.

After coming up short 8-7 in the first game the Chinle baseball team left their field with their heads held high as they put together a seven-run rally in the fifth and evened the score with a 9-5 win over Ganado.

"The first game they were out of it and in the second I think the guys were getting more comfortable inside the batting box," Chinle coach Brandon Tso said. "They finally started hitting and they were making contact."

In that inning the Hornets walked two and put another runner on with hit pitched but the difference in the game was what they did in between those free passes.

"Chinle really started to putting the bat on the ball," Chinle coach Brandon Newcomb said. "They were hitting the ball and they weren't hitting bloopers. They were hitting them to the fence and there wasn't a whole lot we could do."

Up until that point Newcomb said they were only two innings short of sweeping the Wildcats while leading 4-1.

"We had our chances and it's disappointing when you win the first one and you lose the next one," the third-year coach said. "The thing about playing these doubleheaders is there is a psychological thing about them. When you beat a team the first time you feel pretty good about yourself, but we let them hang around. We had some opportunity early in the game where we should have gotten a bigger lead but we didn't do that."

Newcomb said Chinle made the plays when they needed to, but he was more impressed with their pitcher Dusty Guy.

"He pitched an inning in the first game and pitched six in the next one and he did a heck of a job," Newcomb said of the Chinle senior.

Guy gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out 10 batters.

For Ganado they went with three pitchers with sophomore Ryan Descheenie pitching just over four innings. Descheenie gave up four runs on five hits and picked up the loss.

Junior Liam Morez pitched two-thirds of an inning while Darrell Boling spent one inning on the mound with the latter giving up six hits.

Offensively, the Wildcats scattered 11 hits with Kody Ayze, Wyatt Tuni, Kendyl White and Guy coming up with two hits each.

The difference, according to the Chinle coach, was that they made less errors on the bases.

"In the first game it was our base running errors," Tso said. "This is my second year coaching and my first year we focused on defense and stopping the ball."

Because of that Tso said he sped up the process regarding the fundamentals of playing defense and has slowly incorporating hitting.

"We are a very young team with very little experience," he said. "It's only three months, they are here and after that it's either basketball or football.

"I am trying to build this program and it's slowing coming along as you can see we just need to work on our base running and we'll be perfectly set since we have our defense and hitting down."

With the win the Wildcats improved to 5-6 for the year and 4-2 in the state's power rankings.

"…This is a decent start for Chinle baseball," Tso said, while adding that it was important to get the split with Ganado. "It worked out great for us."

As for Ganado they dropped to 3-1 for the year and even though they have a young team, Newcomb expects great things to come out of his ballclub.

"We got only one senior but we're a confident team," Newcomb said. "These guys we're 13-6 last year and we went down to state and played against a real good Empire team. We have seen some the best Division III baseball in the state of Arizona."

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