By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners trip to St. Johns last Friday didn’t quite go as planned as the Birds returned home with an 11-3 loss. St. Johns took the upper hand early, countering Holbrook’s single first inning run with five runs in the home half of the first. The Redskins added another in the second to lead by five. Holbrook scored once in the fourth and once again in the seventh, but after St. Johns scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth the final outcome was never in doubt.
Holbrook used four pitchers, led by Nikko Ferniza, who worked 32/3 innings facing 16 batters. He gave up one earned run on six hits without a walk or a strikeout. Carlos Quintana worked 11/3 innings, facing just four batters. He allowed no runs and struck out two. Ray Searles faced nine batters in two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on two hits with one strikeout and four walks. Buddy Wagoner worked just one-third of an inning, allowing five runs to the seven batters he faced. He gave up just one earned run on one hit with a pair of walks.
At the plate, Holbrook collected just five hits. Jesse Spangler went two for four with a home run. Shawn Gillespie was one for three and scored. Jacob Baker went one for four and Quintana was one for two. Searles went zero for one, but scored once.
At home last Wednesday, the Roadrunners defeated Winslow 8-6 to sweep the Bulldogs for the season. The Roadrunners scored twice in the first to take the lead. Winslow fought back to lead 4-3 after the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth Spangler’s three-run homer gave the Birds a two-run lead. Winslow again fought back with a run in the top of the fifth. Holbrook took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth, then held on to win the game 8-6.
Spangler got the win on the hill, facing 31 Bulldog batters in six innings of work. He gave up six runs, only four earned on eight hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Ferniza got the save, pitching the final inning, where he struck out the side.
At the plate, Gillespie went two for three and scored three runs. Baker was one for two with a double and also scored three runs. Spangler really helped his own cause, going two for three with the home run, a double, four RBIs and scored twice. Searles went two for four with two RBIs. Ferniza was one for three with an RBI, as was Nick Robinson. Lanny Newton-Pender also went one for.
Holbrook will play at Snowflake on Thursday, March 21, then travel to Window Rock for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23. After taking a week off for spring break, the Roadrunners will return to action on Tuesday, April 2, with a home game against Joseph City.
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By Greg Perkins