The Lori Piestewa National Native American Games took place July 22-24 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and in the greater Fountain Hills area. Several teams from Salt River competed in baseball, softball and basketball.
Seven teams competed in the coed division of the softball tournament. On July 22, the Skins team won their first game, against Balls & Dolls, 17-5. They went ahead 1-0 in the first at-bat and quickly improved their lead 4-1 in the top of the second inning. The majority of their runs came in the top of the fifth inning, when they added seven runs, including an inside-the-park home run.
The Skins moved on to win their first and second games on July 23, but lost in their fourth. Then they moved on to the championship game and had to win twice. They were able to win the first game, but lost in the second and finished the tournament in second place overall.
In the women’s division, Team Prada claimed the championship. In their first game, they took on Team Edge and were up 8-0 to start the third inning. Edge added runs in the third inning and again in the fifth inning, attempting to rally against Prada. In the top of the sixth inning, Edge was only able to bring one run across the plate; it was not enough, and in Prada’s next at-bat they scored one more run to seal the victory, 10-7.
In basketball, 96 teams competed in the various divisions, which was a new record for the Lori Piestewa Games. Grand Canyon State Games Basketball Commissioner Alan Lambert said the games were exciting and competitive.
In the girls varsity division, Salt River had two teams competing, the Lady Warriors and the Renegades. The Renegades lost their first game to the Lady Eagles, 47-34. At halftime the Renegades trailed 23-12, and with 13 minutes left to play they trailed by only four points, 28-24. But they were unable to sustain their offensive drive and lost to the Lady Eagles.
In the sixth- and seventh-grade division, the younger Renegades were scheduled to take on the BR Yellowjackets, but forfeited. In the girls eighth-grade division, the Renegades won the championship, followed by Girls Got Game, who finished with silver, and the San Carlos Girls, who earned the bronze.