Devil Dogs repeat as D-Backs champs

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero
Lady Devil Dog batter Tamia Sandoval starts to swing at the ball Saturday during the NABI Triple A softball championship game against the Fort Mohave Lady Bravettes in Phoenix.

PHOENIX

With their backs against the wall the AZ/NM Devil Dogs did not panic.

The Devil Dogs were trailing by one run heading in the seventh inning in the championship game of the 20th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Inter-Tribal Youth Softball Tournament at Papago Softball Complex in Phoenix.

Devil Dogs head coach Roddy Yellowman said throughout the tournament his team played from behind but when it mattered they got some timely hits.

In the championship game, they scored two runs in the seventh to beat the Fort Mohave Bravettes by a 4-3 count behind the arm of Tamia Yellowman.

“We knew what we needed to do in the seventh inning,” Yellowman said. “We were playing a great team but they trusted each other and that was how we ended up taking the game.”

With ample hitters on the team, Yellowman said they put pressure on Fort Mohave ace Alyssa Smokey in that seventh inning by loading the bases.

“It was a pitcher’s duel,” he said. “When we loaded the bases I believe the pressure got to her. I also looked at my girls and they were believing in themselves and believing in their teammates.”

The Devil Dogs coach said Tamia Yellowman drove in the last run by hitting a line drive up the middle of centerfield for the 4-3 victory.

“I am just happy that these girls took this,” he said. “I’ve been getting a lot of compliments from a lot of people, including the umpires and other coaches. They said these girls show great attitudes and they show great sportsmanship off-and-on the field.”

With the ‘W,’ the Devil Dogs repeated as champions, having beat a good Arizona Inter-Tribal team last season.

“I had a few girls that left because they went off to college so we picked up a few more girls,” he said.


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Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com