By Greg Perkins
The Lady Roadrunners went into last weekend’s Gracie Haught Tournament in Payson on the heels of a five-run loss to Snowflake and struggled to gain any momentum, going just 1-5 at the two-day tournament.
Facing the Lobos in Snowflake on Thursday in a power point contest, Holbrook battled tough early, keeping the game scoreless through two innings. In the third Snowflake pushed in three runs, then added three more in the fourth, which offset two by Holbrook in the top of the fourth. Snowflake tacked on an additional score in the sixth to win the game 7-2.
Demo Perkins took the loss in the circle where she worked four innings. She gave up six runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. Tess Baldonado pitched the final two innings, giving up one run on two hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
At the plate, Perkins, Baldonado, Elizabeth Luna, Terra Hooker and Alizia Foster each collected one hit.
Holbrook opened tournament play on Friday against Estrella Foothills and fell behind 11-0 in the first inning before going on to lose 17-2. Baldonado and Luna had Holbrook’s only two hits in the loss. Hooker worked the first two innings, giving up 11 runs on eight hits with two walks. Baldonado pitched the final two innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with one walk.
Friday’s second game resulted in a 9-2 loss to St. Johns. The game was scoreless through two innings, but four runs in the third gave St. Johns the lead for good. Hooker took the loss in the circle, giving up 11 hits with two walks. At the plate, Foster went two for three, and Amber Shelendewa and Alex Jeffers-Sample each went one for two.
In their final game on Friday, Holbrook was shut out by Fountain Hills, 8-0. Perkins and Jade Gishie were the only players to get a hit for the Roadrunners. Baldonado took the loss, working three innings and allowing three runs on two hits with six walks. Perkins pitched two innings, giving up five runs on three hits with four walks.
The first of three Saturday games went much like Friday’s, with Holbrook falling to St. Mary’s, 17-0. The much larger school scored in every inning and allowed only three hits to Holbrook, with Hooker, Foster and Baldonado recording those hits. Baldonado took the loss in the circle with three innings of work. She gave up eight runs on seven hits with two walks. Perkins gave up nine runs on two hits with six walks and one strikeout in two innings of work.
Saturday’s second game was Holbrook’s only win of the weekend. The Roadrunners were the ones scoring early as they jumped on top of Santa Cruz with 11 first inning runs and went on to win 16-5. Baldonado was credited with the win in the circle, where she went the distance, giving up just five runs on four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. At the plate, Foster and Shelendewa each went three for three, Perkins, Baldonado and Jeffers-Sample each went two for three, and Kylah Spangler was two for two.
In their final game of the tournament on Saturday the Birds nearly finished with back-to-back wins, but came up just one run short in a 13-12 loss to Fountain Hills. The Falcons led 11-4 going into the fifth inning when Holbrook rallied with eight runs to make the game close. In the end Baldonado again took the loss after pitching three innings. She gave up 10 runs on 10 hits with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Perkins worked two innings, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Foster and Baldonado each went three for four at the plate. Shelendewa was two for three, and Luna and Perkins both went two for four.
Heading into spring break Holbrook stood at 3-5 in power point contests. The Birds will return to action on Tuesday, April 2, when they host Joseph City. On Wednesday, April 10, they will travel to Chinle.
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By Greg Perkins