By Greg Perkins –
The Holbrook Roadrunners easily picked up three wins in their final week of the baseball season, taking both games of a doubleheader at Chinle last Wednesday, then soundly defeating the Hornets in Ganado the following day.
The first game at Chinle lasted just three innings before both coaches agreed to call it a game. Holbrook scored seven runs in the first, then opened the floodgates with 12 in the second. Five more in the third were enough for the Hornets to concede with a 24-4 deficit.
The second game wasn’t over quite as quickly, although the Birds still won the game under the mercy rule, closing out Ganado 12-2 in six innings. Holbrook started with three in the first and crossed home six times in the second. The Birds scored their final three runs in the sixth to get the 10-run cushion and end the game.
Closing out the regular season at Ganado on Thursday, Holbrook again started quickly with three first inning runs. Four more in the second were followed by another three in the third. The Birds ended the game with five runs in the fifth to secure the 17-1 win.
The Roadrunners completed the regular season with an overall record of 13-8. They went 7-2 in North Region games and were 12-5 in power point contests, leaving them currently ranked 10th. They will be the No. 3 seed for the 3A North Regional Tournament, which began on Tuesday. As such, Holbrook was to have hosted Chinle on Tuesday. With a win the Birds will face either Window Rock or Ganado at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in Winslow. Regardless of their regional tournament outcome, the Roadrunners will be in the state tournament, which begins next weekend.
Window Rock was the overall top seed in the North Region, followed by Winslow, Holbrook, Monument Valley, Tuba City, Chinle and Ganado. Seeding for the regional tournament was based on overall power point rankings, not head to head competition.