Mar 082013

By Greg Perkins
The Lady Roadrunners opened the season with a loss to Winslow last week, but have since won two straight over Alchesay and Mogollon to push their early season record to 2-1.
Last Thursday’s season opener at Winslow didn’t go well for the Birds against a very good Lady Bulldog squad. Winslow scored five runs in the first, then added three in the second. Kayla Spangler homered for Hol-brook in the second inning, accounting for a third of Holbrook’s run total in a 14-3, five-inning loss.
Tess Baldonado took the loss in the circle with two innings of work. She gave up eight runs on seven hits with four walks. Lauren Silversmith also pitched two frames, allowing six runs on seven hits with three walks.
At the plate, Terra Hooker went two for three, while Alizia Foster and Lauren Silversmith were each one for two.
Holbrook 0 1 1 0 1 3
Winslow 5 3 1 5 x 14
The next day the Roadrunners made the trip to Whiteriver, where they came home with a dominant 21-2, four-inning win over the Lady Falcons.
Five first inning runs aided by homers from both Hooker and Demo Perkins, along with nine more tacked on in the second were more than enough to decide the outcome. The Birds added six more runs in the third and one in the fourth.
Baldonado picked up the win in the circle, pitching two innings and allowing just one hit with three strike-outs. Hooker also pitched two innings, giving up only one hit with three strikeouts.
At the plate, Hooker went four for five, Foster was three for four, and Baldonado and Elizabeth Luna each went two for three.
Holbrook 5 9 6 1 21
Alchesay 1 0 0 1 2
Tuesday’s home opener against Mogollon also ended early as Holbrook scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out a 14-4 victory.
After allowing one run to the visitors to start the game, the Roadrunners took command early, scoring six runs in the home half of the first frame. The Lady Mustangs pulled within two runs by scoring three in the sec-ond, but that was the end of their offense.
Baldonado picked up her second win in the circle, pitching all five innings with three walks and two strike-outs.
Luna led the team at the plate with a three for four performance. Perkins was two for three, and Foster, Bal-donado and Spangler each went two for four in the win.
Mogollon 1 3 0 0 0 4
Holbrook 6 1 0 2 5 14
After playing Blue Ridge at Lakeside on Thursday, the Roadrunners will travel to Joseph City today (March 8). On Tuesday, March 12, they are slated to host Alchesay for the second time early in the season.