By Greg Perkins
Playing their regular season finale on Tuesday afternoon, the Roadrunners fell to visiting Snowflake by a final of 8-2.
This game was close through the first four innings, with the Lobos scoring just once in the first and once again in the third frame. They pushed two runs across in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-0. In the top of the sixth inning they doubled that margin, taking control of the game with four more runs.
Holbrook struggled with Lobo pitching for most of the game, finishing with nine strikeouts. Shawn Gillespie tried to give the Roadrunners a spark in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer, but those would be the only two Holbrook runs of the game. Gillespie went two for three at the plate. Jesse Spangler was also two for three with a walk and a stolen base. Nick Robinson went two for four and stole one base. Buddy Wagoner was one for three and scored on Gillespie’s home run. Nikko Ferniza went one for four and stole a base.
Holbrook scored two runs on eight hits, and committed nine errors. The Lobos finished with 11 hits and made two errors. Both teams left several stranded runners, with Snowflake leaving nine and Holbrook, 11.
Carlos Quintana worked five innings on the hill, facing 26 Lobo batters. He gave up five runs, only two earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Spangler pitched two innings, facing 12 batters. He allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits with one strikeout.
The Roadrunners completed the season with a power point record of 8-7, and came into this game ranked 19th in the standings. If they remain inside the top 24, they will play an opening round state tournament game on Tuesday, April 30. A win in that contest would move them to a second round matchup on Friday, May 3. All the state tournament games will be played at the Surprise Sports Complex.
By Greg Perkins