By Greg Perkins –
The Roadrunners made short work of visiting Chinle in the first round of the 3A North Regional Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
The third seeded Holbrook squad handled the sixth seeded Wildcats 22-1 in five short innings. The Birds slugged their way to nine extra base hits and stole four bases. Twelve first inning runs and nine more in the second easily put the game out of reach.
Jesse Spangler pitched well, earning the win with four innings of work. He faced just 16 batters, giving up one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts. Blake Maestas worked the final inning, striking out two of the four batters he faced.
At the plate, several players hit the ball well. Michael Kennedy was two for three with a double and scored twice. Dylan Barela went two for two with a triple, an RBI and scored three times. Maestas was three for four with a triple, a double and scored twice. Kory Koerperich went two for two with a double. Shawn Gillespie was one for two. Spangler helped his cause, going two for two with a double, three RBIs and scored twice. Caleb Layden went one for one with a triple, had three RBIs and scored twice. Robert Jaquez was zero for one, but walked and scored twice. Ilacian Johnson went one for two with two RBIs. Seneca Murphy went one for two with a double, an RBI and scored once. Levi Reyes was three for three with a home run, three RBIs and scored three runs. Austin Lozano went one for four with three RBIs and scored twice. Ryan Baldonado went one for one and scored once.
Chinle 0 01 00 1
Holbrook 12 91 0x 22
The Roadrunners will now face third seeded Winslow at 2 o’clock this afternoon (April 29) in Winslow in the semifinal round. With a win they would play in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. A loss to Winslow would put them into the third and fourth place game at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Holbrook is ranked 10th in power points and will face the Bulldogs, who are seeded seventh overall, again in the first round of the state tournament, which gets under way on Friday, May 6, in Phoenix.