By Greg Perkins
In the three games they played last week, the Lady Lobos experienced both sides of a blowout and picked up on hard fought defensive win.
Playing at home on Tuesday they played well through three innings against visiting Payson, but when the Lady Longhorns scored 11 runs in the fourth inning that quickly put the game out of reach as Payson went on to win 14-0.
Snowflake had no hits, struck out 10 times and committed eight errors, all things that add up to a lopsided loss.
Brylee Coplan pitched four innings, facing 28 batters. She gave up 12 runs, only three earned, on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Tori Flake pitched one inning, facing six batters. She gave up two runs, both earned, on two hits with two strikeouts.
Thursday’s game at Joseph City was just the opposite type of game. Snowflake held a 3-0 lead through the first three innings, then exploded for six runs in the fourth and closed out the Lady Wildcats with seven in the fifth to win the game in five innings, 16-0.
Brylee Coplan pitched all five innings, allowing just two hits by the 21 batters she faced. She had seven strikeouts with three walks.
At the plate, Tyler Flake went two for five with a triple, scored three runs and had five RBIs. Courtney Baldwin was one for three and scored a run. Tycee Coplan was one for four with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Corey Gardner went zero for one, but had one RBI and scored once. Kimber Solomon went one for four with an RBI and scored once. Debbie Tai Neff was two for three and scored once. Shayna Austin scored once, as did Alexa Jones. Abby Gillespie scored twice in the win.
On Friday, the Lobos found themselves in a defensive battle as they hosted Blue Ridge. The Lobos scored twice in the first, then tacked on another in the second, building a three-run lead which held until the fourth when they added their fourth run. The Lady Yellowjackets tried to mount a comeback with one run in the sixth, but that was all they would get in the 4-1 Snowflake win.
Brylee Coplan pitched a solid game, facing 31 batters through seven innings. She gave up just one run on one hit with nine strikeouts and five walks.
At the plate, Tycee Coplan went two for four with a double and an RBI.
The Lobos head into this week’s action with an overall mark of 7-4. After playing at Payson on Tuesday, they will host Holbrook on Thursday, March 21. On Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, they will play in the Gracie Haught Tournament in Payson.
By Greg Perkins