By Greg Perkins
It was a rough week for the Lady Lobos as they dropped all three softball games played, two of those by single run margins. The three losses left Snowflake with a 5-3 mark in power point games, but still well inside the top 24 rankings where they will need to remain to earn a state tournament bid. With eight games left on their schedule they appear certain to reach the postseason, but need more wins to move higher in the overall seedings.
They returned from spring break on Tuesday to host Coconino and fell to the Lady Panthers 6-5.
Snowflake left seven runners stranded and made three errors, which were costly in the one-run decision.
Tori Flake started the game, but worked only 11/3 innings, facing nine batters. She allowed three runs, all earned, on one hit with one strikeout and one walk. Brylee Coplan worked the final 52/3 innings, facing 24 batters. She gave up three runs, only one earned, on three hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Tyler Flake went two for three with three RBIs. Tycee Coplan was one for four, walked once, reached once on an error and scored a run. Brylee Coplan went one for three with a double, walked and scored once. Ashyln Butler went one for three and scored twice. Kimber Solomon was one for two. Melissa Eich went zero for two, but was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Alexa Jones also scored once.
On Wednesday the Lobos traveled to Show Low, where they suffered a 16-7 loss to the Lady Cougars.
Brylee Coplan took the loss in the circle, where she worked three innings, facing 17 batters. She gave up 11 runs, only four earned, with 5 hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Tori Flake pitched three innings, facing 23 batters. She gave up five runs, only three earned, on six hits without a walk or a strikeout.
At the plate, Marisa Godfrey was one for four and scored once. Courtney Baldwin went one for three with a triple, walked once, had an RBI and scored once. Tycee Coplan went one for three with a triple, reached once on an error and scored twice. Brylee Coplan went one for three with two RBIs. Butler went zero for two, but reached on an error, had two RBIs and scored a run. Tori Flake was zero for one, but walked twice and scored once. Eich went one for two, walked once and scored a run. Debbie Tai Neff went one for four with an RBI.
Playing for the third day in a row the Lobos lost a pitchers’ dual at home against Round Valley, 2-1.
Byrlee Coplan pitched a great game, working all seven innings and facing 28 Elk batters. She allowed just two runs, neither earned, with only five hits and had 10 strikeouts with two walks.
At the plate Snowflake came up with six hits, but could only string enough together to score once. Tyler Flake was one for two. Bailey Standerfer and Tori Flake both went one for one. Shayna Austin was one for three. Butler went two for three. Brylee Coplan was zero for two, but walked once and scored Snowflake’s only run.
Another busy week will see the Lobos play four consecutive days. After playing Blue Ridge on Tuesday at Lakeside, the Lobos will play at St. Johns today (April 10), then host a tough Winslow team on Thursday, April 11, and play at Alchesay on Friday, April 12. On Tuesday, April 16, they will have a rematch with Show Low, this time on their own field.
By Greg Perkins