By Greg Perkins —
The Holbrook Lady Roadrunners stopped a three-game skid on Monday afternoon when they easily cruised past visiting Alchesay, picking up their first win of the young season.
Holbrook started the game quickly with three runs in the bottom of the first, then blew the game open with six in the second and five more in the third inning. Two final runs in the fourth ended the scoring with Holbrook on top 16-0.
The Lady Birds pounded out 13 hits in the game, and earned six walks in windy conditions. Erin Aragon went one for two with an RBI. Aaren Billie was two for three, including a double, with an RBI and scored three runs. Toni Craig went one for three. Shantina Kinlicheenie was two for two with a double, two RBIs and scored twice. Kellin Bakurza went three for four with four RBIs and scored four times. Alizia Foster went two for three with a double, a sacrifice, two RBIs and scored a run. Tess Baldonado was one for two with two RBIs and scored a run. Cherokee Yellowhair went one for two with a double, an RBI and scored twice. PJ Gabaldon reached base three times and scored three runs.
Bakurza worked all five innings to get the win, facing just 18 batters. She allowed only three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Alchesay 000 00 0
Holbrook 365 2x 16
Last Wednesday Holbrook fell to Snowflake 8-1. The Lady Lobos scored four in the first, then added three in the second to build a big lead. Both teams scored once in the sixth, leaving Holbrook on the wrong side of the seven-run difference.
The Lady Roadrunners had just three hits in the game, although two were for extra bases. Aragon tripled and scored the team’s only run. Foster was one for three with a double. Jessica Paz went one for two.
Janecia Nez started the game and took the loss. She worked four innings, giving up seven runs, only two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Baldonado pitched the final three innings giving up one earned run with five walks and two strikeouts.
Snowflake 430 001 0 8
Holbrook 000 001 0 1
On Saturday, the Lady Birds were also at home, where visiting St. Johns defeated them 12-5. The Lady Redskins took a one-run lead in the first only to see Holbrook come back and take the lead with two in the home half of the inning. Holbrook held that lead until the fourth inning, when the roof caved in as St. Johns scored seven runs. In the seventh the Lady Redskins added four more and the Lady Birds managed three, but they still dropped their third game to start the season.
Gabaldon went one for four and scored once. Billie was two for three and scored. Bakurza scored two runs. Foster went three for four with a double and two RBIs. Baldonado was one for four. Yellowhair walked and scored a run. As a team Holbrook drew six walks, but left eight runners stranded.
Bakurza started in the circle and worked the first four innings, taking the loss. She faced 24 batters giving up eight runs, none earned, on just four hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Baldonado worked the final three innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on five hits with one strikeout and two walks.
St. Johns 100 700 4 12
Holbrook 200 000 3 5
The Lady Roadrunners, now 1-3, have more than a week off to prepare for their next game, which will be on Tuesday, March 15, when they travel to Window Rock to open North Region play. On Wednesday, March 16, they play Blue Ridge at Lakeside, then next weekend they will be in action at the Payson Tournament.