By Greg Perkins —
The Lady Roadrunners built a big early lead Tuesday afternoon, but gave up a huge inning late in the game and suffered a 16-15 loss to the Mogollon Lady Mustangs.
Holbrook got off the bus swinging the bats well, scoring 11 runs in the top of the first inning to take what appeared to be a commanding lead in the contest at Heber. Through three innings of play Holbrook still led the game 12-1, but in the bottom of the fourth inning the tide began to turn against the Lady Birds. Mogollon cut into Holbrook’s lead with five runs in the fourth, and after Holbrook pushed the lead to 13-6 in the top of the sixth, the bottom fell out.
Much like Holbrook had done to start the game, Mogollon did in the home half of the sixth inning. The Lady Mustangs scored 10 runs to forge ahead 16-13. Holbrook tried to rally in the top of the seventh with two runs, but needed one more to extend the game.
The Lady Roadrunners hit the ball well, connecting for 14 hits, and made three errors. Erin Aragon went one for five, stole one base and scored twice. Maria Garcia was zero for two, but walked, had one RBI and scored a run. PJ Gabaldon went two for five with an RBI and scored twice. Aaren Billie was zero for two, but walked, was hit by a pitch, had one RBI and scored twice. Shantina Kinlicheenie went two for three with an RBI and scored a run. Kellin Bakurza was two for four with a triple, three RBIs and scored a run. Alizia Foster went one for three, walked once and scored twice. Sheriesse Thomas was one for one with a double. Tess Baldonado went two for four, walked once, had one RBI and scored a run. Cherokee Yellowhair had a big day, going three for four with a double, four RBIs and scored three runs.
Baldonado pitched 11/3 innings. She faced 13 batters and gave up eight runs, all earned, on five hits, one strikeout and four walks. Bakurza worked 22/3 innings. She faced 13 batters and allowed two runs, both earned, with 6 hits and one strikeout. Janecia Nez worked two innings against 13 batters. She gave up six runs, only one earned, on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Holbrook 11 010 0 1 2 15
Mogollon 0 105 0 10 x 16
Holbrook is now 6-12 on the season. The Lady Birds will host Window Rock today (April 15). Monument Valley comes to town on Saturday. On Tuesday they will play their final home game when Winslow makes a visit. They travel to Ganado on April 22 to wrap up the regular season. With just four regular season games left, they will need to win all of those and hope for some help to automatically qualify for the state tournament via power points. If they can’t get in that way, they will need to place at least third in the 3A North Regional Tournament, which begins on April 26 at the site of the higher seeds. The final four teams will play on April 29 and 30 at Winslow to determine final seedings for the 3A state tournament.