By Greg Perkins –
The Roadrunners went 3-2 at the Estrella Foothills baseball tournament in three days of action at the end of last week. The Holbrook squad sandwiched wins over Sedona, Buckeye and Blue Ridge around losses to Payson and Winslow.
The Birds opened play on Thursday evening with a 10-5 loss to the Longhorns. Payson broke open a close game and overtook the Roadrunners with eight sixth inning runs to get the win.
Facing Sedona early on Friday morning, Holbrook fell behind early, then woke up to score in each of the second through fifth innings, closing out Sedona in just five innings, 11-1. The Birds scored four in the fourth, then closed out the game with five runs in the fifth.
Friday evening Holbrook started quickly in a game that resulted in an 8-4 win over Buckeye. The Birds posted three runs in the first, then tacked on four more in the second to get the upper hand early. The Birds’ pitching and defense only gave up runs in two innings, securing their second straight win.
Playing at noon on Saturday, the Roadrunners came up with a big upset win over Blue Ridge, taking down the Yellowjackets 9-8. The Roadrunners again turned a quick start into 6-0 lead through the first four innings. Blue Ridge came storming back with four runs each in the fifth and sixth frames, but when Holbrook countered with three in its half of the sixth it was enough to hold off Blue Ridge to get the win.
Their final game of the tournament put the Birds up against their nemesis, Winslow. The Bulldogs had beaten Holbrook twice already this year, and as in their first two meetings, this one went Winslow’s way. Holbrook scored once in the first to take a brief lead, but after the Bulldogs knotted the game in the second they closed the door on the Birds with three in the third and seven more in the fourth to end the game under the 10-run rule, 11-1.
The Roadrunners head into the final weeks of the regular season with an overall mark of 11-9, but more importantly, they head into this week’s action with a power point record of 8-3, which currently ranks them 11th. After playing Mogollon on Monday at Heber, they will host Valley in a doubleheader contest on Saturday, then return to the road to face St. Johns next Tuesday.