By Greg Perkins
Heading into spring break the Lobos won just one of three games played last week.
Tuesday’s game at Payson was close throughout, with the Longhorns eventually winning 5-2. Both defenses played well, allowing runs to be scored in just three of the seven innings played.
Braccin Tanner took the loss on the hill for Snowflake, where he faced 24 batters, giving up five runs, only two earned, on five hits with eight strikeouts and a pair of walks.
At the plate, just three Lobo batters had hits, led by JJ Jones, who went three for three with a double and an RBI. Freddy Pinkley went one for four with a stolen base, and Caedon Ervien was one for four with a walk and scored both Lobo runs.
On Thursday the Lobos picked up their only win of the week, a solid 15-7 win decision over visiting Holbrook. After the Roadrunners went on top early with two in the first, the Lobos took a 7-4 lead into the sixth. In the top of the sixth Holbrook tied the score with three runs only to see Snowflake open the game up by scoring six runs.
Tyler Hanson worked 42/3 innings, facing 27 batters. He gave up seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits with four walks. Jarom Beecroft pitched 21/3 innings, facing 12 batters. He allowed no runs with 3 hits and four strikeouts.
At the plate, Josh Kelley went three for four with three doubles and two RBIs. Pinkley was one for five, stole a base and scored a run. Nik Tate went two for four, reached once on an error, had a double and scored three runs. Ervien went one for four with two RBIs and scored twice. Beecroft was one for two with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Nate Kelley was three for four and scored three runs. Tanner went one for four with two RBIs. Dallin Fusselman went two for three with two RBIs and scored twice.
On Friday the Lobos welcomed Blue Ridge to town and fell in another defensive battle by a final of 6-4.
Fusselman pitched 32/3 innings, facing 21 batters. He gave up all six runs, all earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Tanner worked two innings, facing nine batters with three walks and two strikeouts. Beecroft pitched a third of an inning, allowing one hit.
At the dish Fusselman helped his cause by going two for three with a double and scored once. Pinkley was one for four. Ervien also went one for four with two RBIs. Tate went one for three with a double, an RBI and scored once. Nate Kelley was one for three with a double and scored a run.
The Lobos headed into their week off with a 4-3 power point record. They will return to action on Monday, April 1, when they play host to Round Valley. On April 4 they will open play in the three-day Wolves Classic in Goodyear.
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By Greg Perkins