By Greg Perkins —
The Roadrunners of Holbrook High split their games last week, falling to Winslow, then earning a win over St. Johns for a 3-7 record on the season.
In their first meeting with Winslow earlier in the season, the Roadrunners were overrun by the Bulldogs in an 11-1 loss. Last Wednesday the two teams met again, this time in Winslow, where the game was much closer.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning and went scoreless through the second. In the third, Winslow pushed across a pair of runs, then added four more in the fourth to offset one Roadrunner run and lead 7-2 heading to the fifth. In the top of the fifth frame, Holbrook put together eight straight hits and rallied to tie the game at 7-7. The Bulldogs gathered themselves in the home half of the sixth, scoring three runs to sweep the season series with a 10-7 win.
Holbrook scored seven runs on nine hits and made four errors. Winslow countered with 10 runs on 13 hits, but made six errors.
Ryan Baldonado worked all six innings on the mound for the Birds, facing 33 batters. He gave up 10 runs, only three earned, on 11 hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate, Dylan Barela went one for two, was hit by a pitch twice, stole one base and scored two runs. Jesse Spangler went three for three with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Levi Reyes went two for three with an RBI and scored a run. Baldonado helped his own cause, going two for four with a double, an RBI and scored once. Robert Jaquez went one for two, walked twice, had one RBI and scored a run. Shawn Gillespie went two for four with a double, a stolen base, two RBIs and scored a run.
On Friday the Roadrunners bounced back with a 16-9 win over visiting St. Johns.
Three runs in the first and two more in the third left the home team on top 5-3. Still leading 7-3 after four, the Birds saw that lead evaporate as the Redskins pushed in five runs in the top of the fifth. Holbrook didn’t trail for long, breaking the game open with seven runs in the home half of the sixth inning to gain a comfortable margin.
Starting pitcher Javier Quintana faced 20 batters through four innings. He gave up seven runs, six earned, on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts. Jaquez came on in relief and earned the win, pitching the final three innings, where he faced 14 batters. He allowed two runs, only one earned, on three hits with two walks.
At the plate, Baldonado went four for five; Barela and Gillespie, three for four; Spangler, two for three; Michael Kennedy, three for five; Nikko Ferniza, two for four; Jaquez, two for five; and Jacob Baker, one for three.
After playing Round Valley in Eagar on Monday, the Roadrunners will host Snowflake on Thursday, then welcome Window Rock on Saturday for a doubleheader, their final action before spring break. Holbrook will return to action on Tuesday, April 3, with a short road trip to Joseph City to take on the Wildcats.