By Greg Perkins
Despite earning a split in their final two games of the regular baseball season, the Lobos drew a relatively good draw in the first round of the state tournament.
The Snowflake squad played at Holbrook last Tuesday, and turned a three-run lead into a commanding seven-run cushion in the top of the sixth with four runs. The Lobos went on to defeat the Roadrunners 8-3.
Snowflake collected those eight runs on 12 hits and made just two errors.
Braccin Tanner and Dallin Fusselman combined to limit the Birds to only seven hits. Tanner faced 17 batters, giving up one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Fusselman also faced 17 Roadrunners, giving up two runs, both earned, on five hits with four strikeouts.
At the dish, Freddy Pinkley had the best day, going three for four with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Nik Tate was two for three with an RBI. Nate Kelley went two for four with two RBIs and stole one base. Tanner went two for four with a double, an RBI and scored twice. Josh Kelley went one for two with a double and collected three RBIs. Caedon Ervien was one for three with a double and scored three runs. Fusselman went one for two with a double and scored once.
The Lobo bats were relatively silent the next day as Show Low’s Zach Winn pitched a two hit, 3-0 shutout win for the Cougars. The Show Low squad scored all three of its runs in the third inning as both team’s pitchers were solid.
For the Lobos, Jarom Beecroft worked the first three innings, facing 16 batters. He gave up three earned runs on four hits. Fusselman worked the final three innings, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts.
Pinkley and Hayden Bauer were the only Snowflake batters to get hits off Winn as each went one for two.
Winn’s numbers were impressive. He went the distance, allowing just the two hits to 25 Lobo batters with 9 strikeouts and only two walks.
Snowflake finished the season as the 19th seed was scheduled to face No. 14 Page yesterday afternoon at the Surprise Sports Complex. If the Lobos won that game, they would advance to the second round, where a match up with No. 3 Fountain Hills awaits. That game would be played at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4. A win there and the Lobos would move on to a Saturday afternoon game in the quarterfinal round. A loss at any point from here on out will bring an end to Snowflake’s season.
By Greg Perkins