4/4/2012 10:58:00 AM Hopi baseball starts out season strong with four wins
Stan Bindell The Observer
POLACCA, Ariz. -Hopi High School's baseball team started the season off strong by sweeping three games at the Hopi Classic and then beating rival Greyhills.
The four victories have all been shutouts including no hitters by sophomore Blake Sekaquaptewa and Stephen Tootsie.
Hopi beat Rough Rock 10-0 in the opening game. Sekaquaptewa pitched the no hitter in this game that was called after four innings because of the 10-run rule. Sekaquaptewa struck out nine and walked one. He also led the Bruins hitting with two hits including a double.
In the second game, Hopi beat Red Mesa 10-0 in another game that lasted just four innings due to the 10 run rule. Tootsie pitched the no hitter in this game. He struck out ten and didn't walk a batter, but the Bruins allowed one base runner to reach on an error.
Alan Joshevama smacked a home run for the Bruins first round tripper of the season.
Hopi High also won the third game, beating Rough Rock 10-0. Cheston Huma pitched the shutout allowing three hits, striking out five and walking two.
After the tournament, Hopi opened its regular season by beating Greyhills 4-0. Tootsie pitched the four hit shutout. He struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter. Tootsie also smacked a double.
Hopi High Coach Ben Willey was pleased with the results of all four games.
"We have a young talented team," he said. "Pitching is our strong point. Our pitchers are throwing strikes and not walking people. Our catching is also strong."
Coach Willey said the Bruins are also strong at fielding.
"But our hitting is suspect," he said. "We need experience. It improved during the tournament, but we didn't face strong pitchers except for one. We'll work on it and we expect to improve."
Coach Willey said Hopi can be good or better than last year. That's a complement considering the Bruins went 17-4 last year and made it to the second round of the state playoffs. The Bruins baseball team has gone to the state playoffs the past three years.
"But it's going to be tougher to make it to state this year because of the realignment," he said.
Coach Willey hopes the Bruins will be at least 12-6 this baseball season.
The starting infield includes Alan Josehevama at first base, Dylan Ami at second, Sekaquaptewa and Tootsie take turns at shortstop and Malcolm Batala and Joseph Widdington share the third base duties.
Wilburn Adams is the infield utility player helping with all the infield positions.
The outfield finds Brent Nahsonhoya in left, Roscoe Shupla in center and Ty Sahmie and Huma share time in right field.
The catching duties are shared by Albert Koruh and Malcolm Batala.
The reserves include Trystin Clark, Kevin Honyouti, Kyle Yoyokie, Mike Naha and Danny Curtis.