By Greg Perkins
Upon their return from spring break it didn’t take the Roadrunners long to pick up their seventh power point win of the season when they dropped visiting Joseph City 11-1 in five innings of play Tuesday afternoon.
Both teams started slow through the first two innings, with Holbrook holding a 1-0 lead heading to the third. After shutting the Wildcats down again in the top of the third, the Roadrunners’ bats came alive in the bottom of the inning where they pushed across six runs to take command of the game. The Birds tacked on three more runs in the fifth, then after giving up single run to Joseph City in the top of the fifth, ended the game under the 10-run rule with their 11th run in the home half of the fifth inning.
Carlos Quintana was in complete control on the mound, where he worked four innings, facing just 14 Wildcat batters. He allowed only one hit with five strikeouts and three walks. Ray Searles pitched one inning, facing five batters. He gave up one run and two walks.
At the plate, Holbrook came away with nine hits. The Birds made just one fielding error and left eight runners on base. Joseph City managed just the one hit, made eight errors and left three runners stranded.
Nikko Ferniza led Holbrook’s offense, going two for four with a triple and three RBIs, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs. Searles went two for four with a double, reached once on an error, had four RBIs and scored once. Quintana helped his cause by going two for two and scoring once. Nick Robinson went one for two, reached once on an error and scored once. Lanny Newton-Pender was one for two, walked once and had two RBIs. Buddy Wagoner went one for two with an RBI. Jesse Spangler was zero for three, but reached twice on errors, was hit by a pitch and scored twice. Jacob Baker went zero for four, but also reached twice on errors, had one RBI and scored twice. Shawn Gillespie went zero for one, walked and scored once.
For the Wildcats, Robert Larsen went one for two with the only hit for Joseph City. Adam Smith collected the only RBI and TJ Hendricks scored the only run.
Mitchel Wouters took the loss on the hill, facing 23 batters through 31/3 innings of work. He gave up 10 runs, only four earned, on nine hits with one strikeout.
With the win, Holbrook improved its regular season record to 7-4. After opening play at the Wolves Classic in Estrella Foothills on Thursday, the Birds will face Florence and Santa Cruz in action today (April 5). The tournament will conclude with bracket play on Saturday. On Monday, they will travel to Heber to face Mogollon then on Saturday they play a doubleheader at Valley Sanders.
With the loss the Wildcats fell to 2-6 on the regular season. After hosting Ash Fork in a doubleheader on Thursday, they will play Mogollon at Heber on Tuesday.
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By Greg Perkins