By Greg Perkins
The Lady Roadrunners earned a split in the two games they played over the weekend, picking up a road win at Mogollon on Friday, then dropping a decision, also on the road, to St. Johns on Saturday.
Friday’s game was scoreless until Holbrook figured out the Mustang pitching in the top of the fourth, where the Roadrunners scored seven runs. Not to be outdone, Mogollon pulled back into the game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring six runs. The Birds tacked on five more in the fifth and matched that total again in the sixth to build a big lead. After a big fourth inning the Mustangs mustered only one more run, which came in the fifth, before losing the game in six innings under the 10-run rule.
Demo Perkins earned the win in the circle, allowing just eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Tess Baldonado led the way, going three for five with a home run. Kylah Spangler and Cheyenne Lester each went two for three, and Amber Shelendewa was three for four.
After a morning trip to St. Johns on Saturday, Holbrook found a Redskin team eager to play, with the home team grabbing early control of the game by scoring eight first inning runs. St. Johns added five more in the third and went on to win easily, 16-5.
Isabella Jaquez took the loss in the circle, pitching just one inning, where she gave up seven hits, including three home runs. Perkins pitched the final four innings, allowing eight hits, including another long ball, with two strikeouts and six walks.
At the plate, Perkins went two for three. Spangler was three for three and Shelendewa went two for two with a home run.
If the Roadrunners won their regular season finale on Tuesday when they played host to Snowflake, they would have a chance to qualify for the state tournament. The Birds headed into this week’s action ranked 23rd in the power point standings. If they stay inside the top 24 they will be in the state tournament, which begins next week, although they will be seeded very low.
By Greg Perkins