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Hopi High bests Tuba City 8-3 at home March 22
Stan Bindell
The Observer

Stephan Tootsie pitched a complete game to help Hopi High overpower Tuba City 8-3 in baseball action March 22 at Hopi High.

Tootsie gave up three unearned runs, six hits, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. Tootsie improved to 2-1. Hopi improved to 3-3.

Hopi High coach Ben Willey said Tuba City could not hit Tootsie's curve ball.

Anfernee Howard, Albert Koruh, Alan Joshevama and Tootsie had two hits each. Joe Woodington, Howard, Koruh and Joshevama each knocked out doubles.

Willey said Hopi's fielding was good except in the second inning when they allowed three unearned runs on seven errors.

"We always have one bad inning and it always happens with two outs," Willey said. "Overall, we played well."

Willey said beating rival Tuba City was important.

"A couple years ago we had t-shirts which said 'unfinished business.' Part of that unfinished business was beating Tuba City. The kids felt good about it because they could have folded, but they didn't," he said.

Willey said Hopi High has been up and down this year. They played well against Joseph City but couldn't hit the ball against Winslow.

"To improve, we need to hit the ball," he said. "Our outlook is good for the rest of the season. We may lose one or two more. After next week, we could run the table."

Willey said the Hopi High players are doing a good job because they are working hard.

"They just have to realize how good they are," he said.

Willey said he is proud that most of the players have remained academically eligible.

"Most take heart that if they don't perform in the classroom then they don't perform on the field," he said.

The players talk about academics and choices every day.

"We talk about all the work they do building up their body and they can tear it down in one weekend," he said. "We talk about the benefits of good choices and the consequences of bad choices that can last a lifetime."

Willey said he works at preparing the players for life after high school. He tells the players that they are role models at school and in the community.

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