Dreamcatchers win NABI softball title, 5-4

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 26, 2014

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(Times photos - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Lady Dream Catcher Mariah Miller slides into second base as a Native Thunder player catches the ball on Friday night during the 16th annual Arizona Diamondbacks Inter-Tribal Youth Softball tournament at Salt River High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.

BOTTOM: A Lady Dreamcatcher runner safely reaches the base as a Lady Native Thunder player drops the ball while trying to catch the ball on Friday night in Scottsdale, Ariz.

One year ago, she was in the same spot.

As one of the original members of the Gallup Dynamite softball traveling team, Kianna Spencer pitched for her team in the championship game of the 2013 Native American Baseball Invitational.

They lost that one but this year, under a different moniker, the southpaw pitched the NM Dreamcatchers to a 5-4 win over the SW Natives on Saturday in the title game, which was played at Salt River High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I didn't think we played our hardest last year," Spencer said of the 6-0 shutout they suffered to the Oklahoma Inter-Tribal Travelers during the 2013 tournament.

"We didn't score and we knew we could have done better," she said. "For this game we left it out on the field. We knew that we gave it our all and I'm happy that we came out with the win."
With most of the original team members from the Gallup Dynamite gone, longtime coach Ray Spencer said he wanted to retire that name.

"Most of those girls graduated so we changed the name this year," he said. "But we're starting a new tradition."

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