By Greg Perkins
Playing in windy conditions in Heber Monday afternoon, the Roadrunners broke open a close game in the fifth inning and went on to defeat the Mustangs 17-10.
After Holbrook started the game strong with three first inning runs, Mogollon came out swinging the bats well, taking the lead with a five-run first inning. The teams matched each other with single runs in the second, then the Birds took a 7-6 lead after scoring three in the third. Holbrook’s defense clamped down and freshman Trevor Barton worked well on the hill, keeping the Mustangs scoreless until the seventh. Five Holbrook runs in the fifth followed by three more in the sixth and two in the seventh gave the Birds a big enough cushion to secure the win.
Barton picked up the win by working six innings. He faced 32 Mustang batters, giving up seven runs, only two earned, on six hits with one strikeout and four walks. Nikko Ferniza pitched one inning, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with one strikeout.
At the plate Holbrook pounded out 13 hits led by Jesse Spangler, who went three for four, had four RBIs, stole four bases and scored five runs. Ray Searles went three for five with a walk, stole a base, had three RBI and scored three runs. Ferniza was two for four with a walk, an RBI and scored twice. Jacob Baker went one for five, walked and scored twice. Nick Robinson was one for four, walked twice, had an RBI and scored twice. Carlos Quintana went one for five with a walk, three RBIs and scored once. Buddy Wagoner was one for six with two RBIs. Julian Garcia went one for one, stole one base and had one RBI. Shawn Gillespie went zero for three, but drew three walks, stole one base and scored two runs.
After playing at Blue Ridge on Thursday, the Roadrunners will be off until Tuesday, April 23, when they host Snowflake in their final regular season game. They are expected to finish inside the top 24 in the power point standings and will qualify for the state tournament, which begins in two weeks.
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By Greg Perkins