By Greg Perkins –
Playing in the 20-team Gracie Haught Classic tournament held in Payson last weekend, the Lady Roadrunners won just two of their six games.
They had a tough start to pool play on Friday getting shut out 12-0 by the eventual tournament runner-up Benson. Holbrook gave up six runs in each of the first two innings and with nothing happening against Benson’s pitching, the game ended in just three innings.
In the second of three pool play games on Friday, Holbrook’s fortunes didn’t improve much. They gave up ten first inning runs to Verrado and didn’t score their first run of the tourney until the third inning in a 13-1 loss. Alizia Foster scored Holbrook’s only run.
Holbrook picked up their first win in their final pool play game with a 7-3 decision over Round Valley. The Birds took a three run lead in the second inning then tacked on four more in the fifth and final frame to secure the win. Terra Hooker scored twice, Tess Baldonado, Kylah Spangler, Davianna Reyes, Janecia Nez and Corazon Alvarado each scored in the win.
Holbrook dropped their first game of bracket play on Saturday falling to Central 9-1 in a seven-inning outcome. One run in the first gave the Roadrunners a cushion they held until the fourth when Central took the lead for good. Holbrook gave up three in the fifth and four in the sixth in the loss. Foster again was the only Holbrook player to score.
In the next round, several players crossed home plate in a 12-7 win over Santa Cruz. Three runs in both the first and second innings kept Holbrook within one, then Holbrook’s defense and pitching shut out Santa Cruz over the final three innings of the five-inning game. Foster, Reyes, Kellin Bakurza and Toni Craig all scored twice. Demo Perkins, Baldonado, Spangler, and Nez all scored once.
In the final game of the tournament, a rematch with Round Valley ended with the Elks on top 6-5. Holbrook led by one at the end of the first, then trailed by one after three. After moving back in front with two runs in the fourth, they gave up single runs to Round Valley in the fourth and fifth to end the tournament with two wins against four losses. Foster, Bakurza, Perkins, Baldonado and Reyes scored for Holbrook.
After hosting Snowflake on Thursday afternoon, the Roadrunners will be in action in the Tuba City tournament on Saturday. Following that tourney they will have more than a week off during spring break to prepare for their road game against Joseph City on April 3. Holbrook went into Thursday’s home game with an overall mark of 6-10 and they were 4-4 in power point contests.