By Greg Perkins
Holbrook’s baseball game at Joseph City, originally scheduled for last Friday, was played on Monday afternoon and both teams made up for lost time in the first inning, combining for nine runs.
Holbrook scored three in the top of the first, while the Wildcats jumped out quickly in the home half of the frame to score six times and take the lead. That three-point lead held up until the top of the fourth when the Roadrunners knotted the game at 6-6. In the bottom of the sixth the Wildcats moved back in front by one, but couldn’t hold that lead. Holbrook stormed back with five runs in the top of the seventh, then shut down the Cats in their final at bat to win the game 11-7.
The Roadrunners collected eight hits, while Joseph City came up with six. Holbrook made two errors and Joseph City finished with eight. The Wildcats left five on base and Holbrook left 13 runners stranded.
For the Roadrunners, a couple of youngsters led the way at the plate. Freshman Julian Garcia went two for three with a triple, two RBIs and scored once. Classmate Nick Robinson was two for four and scored once. Shawn Gillespie went one for three with a home run. Jesse Spangler was one for three with a double and scored once. Nikko Ferniza went one for three with two RBIs. Jacob Baker, Ray Searles and Buddy Wagoner also scored runs in the win.
On the hill, Lanny Newton-Pender got the start, but only went two-thirds of an inning, facing 10 Wildcat batters. He gave up six runs, all earned, one three hits, five walks and no strikeouts. Carlos Quintana came in for relief and went the rest of the way, facing 23 batters. He allowed one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Joseph City was led at the plate by Tyson South, who went two for three with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Wyatt Johnson went two for four. Mitchel Wouters was one for three with a double, and Robert Larsen also went one for three.
Larsen was a workhorse on the hill, going 61/3 innings and facing 40 Roadrunner batters. He gave up 10 runs, only four earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and 11 walks.
The Roadrunners were slated to face Winslow on Wednesday at home, play at St. Johns today (March 15), then will travel to Eagar on Monday to face Round Valley. On Thursday, March 21, they will play at Snowflake.
Joseph City was set to host Snowflake on Thursday, then play a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 19, at Hopi.
By Greg Perkins