Region XIV Conference and East Zone leader Navarro (23-10 / 15-3) hosts the Paris Dragons for a re-scheduled, 1 pm doubleheader Saturday at Perry D. Graham Field.
The teams will play their traditional 7-inning and 9-inning twinbill that was rained out Wednesday, and then pushed back another from a Friday re-schedule.
Coach Whoa Dill’s two-time Region XIV finalist Bulldogs will be trying to create more separation between themselves and coach Deron Clark’s third-place Dragons (21-17 / 10-8). In spite of losing a doubleheader at Paris earlier this season, the Bulldogs could extend their 5-game zone lead over PJC with a homefield sweep here Friday.
The Bulldogs, behind the conference’s top pitching to date and five .300-plus hitters, steadily have moved into national rankings. Navarro currently stands No. 15 in the Perfect Game Junior College and No. 16 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Polls from March 27.
The rotation of Lukas Schiraldi, Gage Curry, Zach Hobbs and Chad Young head a staff that’s combined to produce a 2.41 earned-run average through 33 games — a full-run plus ahead of San Jacinto (3.42) and Panola (3.92), the league’s only other teams with sub-4.00 ERAs. The four sophomore starters rank among Region XIV’s top 5 pitchers statistically.
Zone numbers are even more impressive, where the stingy Bulldogs’ staff has yielded only 26 earned runs in 140 innings (1.67 ERA).
Schiraldi, the 6-foot-6 sophomore from Austin is 7-0 in 48 innings this season, but in zone play he’s 5-0 with a hardly measurable 0.25 ERA. Schiraldi’s given up six earned runs on the year, and only one in 35 inning of zone pitching.
Curry, the 6-foot-2 righthander from Corsicana, is 4-2 overall, but 4-1 with a 1.64 against zone opponents. Palmer sophomore lefty Zach Hobbs (2-1, 2.36) and Mesquite Poteet sophomore Chad Young (3-0, 2.45) add to arsenal. Mesquite Poteet sophomore closer Blake Griffin ranks fifth in the league with five saves.
Navarro batters rank fifth in average (.290) and second in stolen bases (60) behind San Jacinto. The hitting corps is led by sophomore catcher John Clay Reeves (2-24. .373), league stolen-base leader Drake Roberts (0-23, .368), leftfielder J.P. Phillips (1-17, .353), freshman Campbell Cooper (.322) and sophomore transfer outfielder Byron Reichstein (.311).
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