By Greg Perkins
Hosting Division II Flagstaff on Wednesday of last week proved to be a tough task for the Roadrunners, who were shot out 6-0 by the visiting Eagles.
Holbrook struggled against Eagle pitching throughout the game, scattering just five hits with 12 strikeouts. Other than the slow day at the plate the Roadrunners did fairly well except for eight defensive errors. Flagstaff capitalized on those mistakes, but still couldn’t score more than one run in any inning except the seventh, where the Eagles scored twice. They scored single runs in the first, second, fifth and sixth frames to gradually put Holbrook into a hole it couldn’t get out of with only five hits.
Jesse Spangler had two of those hits, going two for three. Jacob Baker, Ray Searles and Lanny Newton Pender each went one for three.
Buddy Wagoner took the loss on the hill, where he faced 26 batters in five innings of work. He gave up three runs, only two earned, on three hits with four walks, one strikeout and hit two batters. Spangler worked the final two innings, also giving up three runs with only two earned against 12 batters. He allowed five hits with one strikeout and hit one batter.
Friday’s scheduled game with Joseph City was to have been made up on Monday of this week. Today (March 13) Holbrook will host Winslow, with the Bulldogs looking to avenge the Roadrunner’s 11-6 win just last week. On Friday, the Birds travel to St. Johns, and on Monday, they will be on the road to face Round Valley in Eagar.
Holbrook headed into this week’s action with an overall mark of three wins against five losses. In the all important power point contests, they are 2-1.
By Greg Perkins