By Greg Perkins –
The Snowflake Lobos moved to the second round of the state baseball playoffs after outlasting Camp Verde in the opening round on Tuesday afternoon, but fell to top seeded River Valley Friday night.
In a game with only six total runs, Snowflake defeated the Camp Verde Cowboys, 4-2.
Both teams scored once in the first, then Snowflake tacked on another in the third and pushed its lead to 4-1 with two in the fifth. Camp Verde tried to mount a challenge in the sixth, but the Lobos’ pitching and defense shut the Cowboys down after giving up only one run.
GR Adams got the start on the mound and the win, working 51/3 innings and facing 27 batters. He allowed two runs, both earned, on seven hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Dallin Fusselman worked the final inning and two-thirds in relief, allowing no hits to the six batters he faced.
At the plate, Braccin Tanner went three for three with a double and an RBI. Tanner Yellowhair was two for four with a double, an RBI, stole one base and scored once. Josh Kelley went one for two and scored. Freddie Pinkley was one for three and scored. Hunter Peterson went one for three with an RBI, stole a base and scored once. Adams was also one for three with an RBI. Ty Reidhead went one for two.
Facing the number one overall seed on Friday night, the Lobos fell behind early and could never quite catch up to the 25-3 River Valley Dust Devils, eventually losing the game and closing out their season with a 7-3 loss.
River Valley posted four runs in the bottom of the first to gain the upper hand early. The Lobos mounted a challenge in the top of the third, scoring three to cut the lead to 4-3, but that would be their only three runs of the game. River Valley pounded out eight hits, including a home run, and made two errors while the Lobos came up with only four hits in their final game of the season.
Snowflake ended the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 15-12.