By Greg Perkins
Catching up with the Snowflake Lobos finds them with a 4-2 mark through the first two weeks of the baseball season, although a game scheduled for this past weekend with Cibecue had to be cancelled because the school no longer has a baseball program.
In the first week of the new season the Lobos drew a split in four games played at the Safford Invitational tournament held March 1 and 2.
On the opening day of the tourney Snowflake fell to Thatcher 5-4 despite outhitting the Eagles eight to five. Josh Kelley was the leading hitter, going three for four with a double and scored twice. Braccin Tanner was two for three, scoring once. Jarom Beecroft took the loss on the hill, allowing four runs, only three earned, on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Lobos’ second game on Friday resulted in a comfortable 12-2, five-inning win over Pima. Snowflake piled up 10 hits and played error free defense. Nick Tate went two for three with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Kelley was two for two with a double and two RBIs. Freddy Pinkley, Caedon Ervien and Tyler Claridge each scored two runs in the win. JJ Jones was the winning pitcher with three innings of work. He allowed only one hit with one walk and four strikeouts.
Saturday the Lobos defeated host team Safford, 6-4. Snowflake had one more hit and both teams committed four errors in an evenly played contest. Ervien went one for three with a double and scored twice. Dallin Fussleman was also one for three with a double. Tanner was the winning pitcher with three innings of work. He gave up three runs, only two earned, on a pair of hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Saturday’s second game resulted in a 9-6 loss for the Lobos against Willcox. Both teams collected nine hits in the game and the Cowboys made two more errors, but it wasn’t enough for Snowflake to get the win. Hunter Bauer went two for four, as did Pinkley, who had a double. Kelley was two for three with another double to his credit. Hayden Bauer took the loss on the hill where he allowed five runs, all earned, on three hits without a walk or a strikeout.
Last Wednesday, the Lobos cruised to a 25-1 win over the Joseph City Wildcats in just five innings.
The Lobos jumped out early, scoring 12 first inning runs, then tacked on seven more in the second and another six in the third to pick up their third win of the young season.
The following day, the Lobos blanked Round Valley, 13-0. Braccin Tanner pitched a no-hitter with only one walk.
After hosting Payson on Tuesday, the Lobos will play at Joseph City on Thursday, March 14, then make a short trip to Lakeside to face Blue Ridge on Friday. Next Tuesday they will travel to Payson to face the Longhorns.
By Greg Perkins