By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners headed into spring break with a 5-3 mark in power point games after winning just one of three prior to the break.
Playing at Snowflake on Thursday, Holbrook took an early two-run lead in the first, but fell behind 6-2 after the second and trailed 7-4 after three. In the top of the fifth Holbrook pushed in three runs to tie the game, but in the home part of the frame Snowflake regained control, scoring six runs and eventually won the game 15-7.
Jesse Spangler pitched four innings, facing 22 Lobo batters and giving up seven runs, only two earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Nikko Ferniza was credited with the loss after just one inning of work where he faced 10 batters, giving up six runs, all earned, on seven hits with one strikeout. Buddy Wagoner pitched one inning, facing only 5 batters. He allowed two runs on two hits with one walk.
At the plate Holbrook collected 13 hits, led by Shawn Gillespie who went three for five and scored once. Spangler helped his own cause, going two for three with two walks, two RBIs and scored once. Ferniza was two for five and scored a run. Ray Searles went two for four with an RBI and scored once. Carlos Quintana went two for four with two RBIs and scored once. Jacob Baker was one for four with a score. Nick Robinson also went one for four with two RBIs. Wagoner was zero for three, but walked and scored a run.
On Saturday the Birds made the long trip to Window Rock to face the Scouts in doubleheader action.
In the past few years Window Rock has been sneaky good, and the Scouts snuck up on Holbrook to win the first game 6-4. The Scouts surprised Holbrook with four runs in the first inning and added two more in the second. They played good enough defense the rest of the way to get the two-run win.
Quintana pitched all six innings, facing 31 Scout batters. He gave up six runs, none earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
At the plate Holbrook had eight hits, lead by Spangler, who went two for four with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Searles was two for three and scored once. Wagoner went two for two, also scoring once. Robinson was one for four. Quintana helped his own cause by going one for three with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
The second game went much better for the Roadrunners as they cruised to a 13-1 win in just five innings.
Holbrook started slow with one in the first, but opened up the game, scoring five in the second and closed the deal with seven runs in the third. The Roadrunner defense allowed just one run, which came in the bottom of the second.
Holbrook pounded out 11 hits, made just two errors and left seven on base.
Wagoner earned the win on the hill, working all five innings. He faced 21 batters and gave up just one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
Baker led the way at the plate, going three for four with a triple, two RBIs and scored twice. Gillespie was two for three with a home run and scored twice. Spangler went two for four with a double, two RBIs and scored twice. Ferniza went two for four with three RBIs and scored twice. Robinson was one for two with two runs scored. Adryan Fulton went one for two, as did Wagoner, who also scored a run. Quintana went one for three and scored a run.
Holbrook will return from the break on Tuesday, April 2, with a home contest against Joseph City. On Thursday, April 4, the Roadrunners will travel to play in the three-day Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic in Goodyear.
By Greg Perkins