FARMINGTON – The Navajo Prep softball team finally got into its district schedule Wednesday, and the Lady Eagles made a statement, blasting Shiprock Northwest 28-2 and 21-2 during a doubleheader in Shiprock.
Prep head coach Bryan Heaston said scheduling all of the team's district games so late in the season was part of a plan to help get the Lady Eagles prepared for the state tournament.
“It’s almost like the state tournament,” Heaston said. “I figured it would set us up for state, and I told them (the Lady Eagles) that it’s going to almost be the same format we’ll have when we get to state, so we’ll be ready for that.”
The Lady Eagles scored 13 runs in the first inning of the first game against Shiprock Northwest to take command immediately.
Heaston said the Lady Eagles had production from up and down the lineup.
Prep (11-5, 2-0 District 1-A/3A) added eight runs in the second inning, then scored seven more in the third.
The Lady Falcons (11-8, 1-5) scored both of their runs of the first game in the second inning. Trinity Brown reached on a single, then was driven in by double from Germaine Bradley. Bradley later came around to score on a passed ball.
Prep’s Kyra Capitan finished the game with four runs batted in to pace the Lady Eagle offense.
Tisharea Tsosie earned the win for Prep, striking out nine batters in her three innings of work while giving up two hits.
The Lady Eagles kept rolling in the second game, getting multiple home runs in the game to propel the offense.
Mary Smith hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and later in the game Taylor Yazzie belted a solo home run.
Prep scored four runs in the first and second innings, then tacked on five more in the third and eight in the fourth.
Yazzie finished the game with three RBIs.
Shiprock Northwest scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and had a chance to add more after working the bases loaded, but Prep’s Kylie Cayedito got out of the jam.
The Lady Falcons added their other run in the fourth inning.
Cayedito got the win in the circle for the second game and struck out six batters.
It was the regular-season finale for the Lady Falcons. The team now waits to learn if it will receive an at-large bid for the A/3A state tournament, which begins April 11 in Rio Rancho.
Prep will play a doubleheader at Tohatchi (12-7, 1-1) today.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.