Mar 302012

By Greg Perkins —

The Holbrook Lady Roadrunners fell to Snowflake last Thursday, then went 3-1 in a tournament at Tuba City on Saturday.

The Lady Birds battled tough in their home game with Snowflake but home runs by the Lady Lobos in both the seventh and eighth innings left Holbrook on the wrong side of a 4-2 final score.

Holbrook took the early lead in the pitchers’ duel, scoring once in the bottom of the first and that 1-0 lead held until the seventh inning. The Lady Lobos first home run gave them a 2-1 advantage in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Birds forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the frame. They didn’t have an answer for Snowflake’s eighth inning homer, though, which resulted in their ninth loss of the season.

Kellin Bakurza pitched 71/3 innings, facing 31 Lady Lobo batters. She pitched well, giving up only four runs, three earned, on 5 hits with 3 walks and two strikeouts. Tess Baldonado worked the final two-thirds of an inning, facing just three batters. She allowed no runs and only one hit with one walk.

At the plate, Holbrook managed just six hits. Bakurza went one for four with an RBI and stole two bases. Janecia Nez was one for three with a double, a stolen base and scored a run. Alizia Foster went one for three, also with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and scored once. Baldonado went one for four. Corazon Alvarado was one for three, and Terra Hooker went one for four with two stolen bases.

The Lady Roadrunners fell to Tuba City’s Lady Warriors in their opener at Saturday’s tournament, then picked up three wins in a row over Chinle, Red Mesa and Ganado.

Facing the Lady Warriors in the first of four games, the Lady Birds opened with two first inning runs, but went scoreless until the sixth when they scored their only other run in an 11-3 loss. Tuba scored just once in the first, but tacked on five in the second and four more in the third to take command of the game. Holbrook managed just three hits in the loss and made four errors.

Game two was against Chinle and after a scoreless first inning, the Lady Roadrunners ended the second trailing 2-1. Following a fourth where each team scored once, Holbrook opened the game up with five runs in the fifth, then added the final three in the sixth to win the game 10-4. Bakurza earned the win in the circle, and the team collected nine hits in the victory.

Holbrook then took care of Red Mesa in just five innings of work. The Lady Birds closed out the first inning leading just 3-2, but five runs in both the third and fourth innings closed the deal early with Holbrook on top 13-2. The team pounded out 12 hits and Nez earned the win.

Their final game of the tournament was another lopsided affair as the Lady Birds cruised past Ganado 14-2 in five innings. After leading 3-1 after the first, Holbrook opened the flood gates with six second inning runs, then added three in the third and two more in the fourth to close out the Lady Hornets.

Overall Holbrook’s season record stands at 10-12. The Lady Birds headed into their spring break week off with a 4-5 mark in power point games, ranking them 20th. They need to finish the season ranked in the top 24 in power points to qualify for the Division III State Tournament. The team will return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 3, with a short trip to face Joseph City’s Lady Wildcats.