By Greg Perkins –
The Lady Roadrunners opened the softball season under first year head coach Claude Bakurza with a 9-1 win over visiting Round Valley last Thursday afternoon.
Holbrook scored once in the first, then broke open the game with six second-inning runs. Round Valley avoided the shutout by scoring once in the fourth only to see Holbrook answer with another run in the same inning. Holbrook scored the game’s final run in the fifth.
Janecia Nez pitched six innings for Holbrook facing 26 batters. She had two strikeouts and three walks, and gave up just three hits and one run. Tess Baldonado worked the final inning, striking out one of the three batters she faced.
At the plate the Lady Birds pounded out 14 hits led by Alizia Foster and Kellin Bakurza, who each went three for four. Corazon Alvarado went two for three.
“The team played well, especially defensively,” said Coach Bakurza.
Round Valley 000 100 0 1
Holbrook 160 110 x 9
Players competing in Holbrook’s softball program include Ashley Attakai, Brooke Hancock, Demi Phaturos, Fantasia Tyler, Brooklyn Barela, Corazon Alvarado, Reanne Baloo, Terra Hooker, Odessa Baloo, Cheyenne Lester, Amber Shelendewa, Elizabeth Nockideneh, Daviana Reyes, Kellin Bakurza, Toni Craig, Janecia Nez, Jade Gishie, Elizabeth Luna, Loren Silversmith, Tierra Kurley, Kylah Spangler, Tess Baldonado, Alizia Foster, Demo Perkins and Samantha Smith as manager.
The Lady Birds open a five-game home stand on Thursday, March 1, when they host Winslow. On Friday Alchesay comes to town, followed by Mogollon on Tuesday, March 6, Blue Ridge on Thursday, March 8, and Joseph City on Friday March 9.