By Greg Perkins
Holbrook opened the baseball season at the Fountain Hills Tournament last Thursday, playing to a tie with Camp Verde, then suffering a loss to Fountain Hills later in the day. On Friday the Roadrunners came up just short against Apache Junction, then Saturday’s scheduled game against Bourgade was cancelled due to rain, leaving them with a mark of 0-2-1 heading into this week’s regular season play.
The Roadrunners fell behind Camp Verde 6-1 through the first three innings, but rallied in the fourth with eight runs to lead 9-7. The Cowboys then pushed in seven runs to go ahead by five only to have Holbrook battle back with five runs in the fifth to tie the game at 14-14, which is where it ended under tournament rules.
Nikko Ferniza worked 32/3 innings on the hill, giving up eight runs, only two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Trevor Barton pitched 11/3 innings, giving up six runs, all earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Buddy Wagoner went three for four. Nick Robinson was two for three with four RBIs. Carlos Quintana also went two for three. Barton was one for four. Julian Garcia and Lanny Newton-Pender each went one for two, and Scottie Gishie went one for four.
Facing the host team Fountain Hills on Thursday afternoon, the Roadrunners struggled with Falcon pitching, going hitless in a 16-0 decision. The Falcons scored twice in the first, then added five in the second and nine in the third.
Quintana worked two innings on the mound, giving up seven runs, five earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Logan Tsinijinnie also worked two innings, allowing nine runs, only three earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Friday morning the Roadrunners faced Apache Junction and played tough through five innings, trailing just 2-1 before giving up three final runs in the bottom of the sixth to lose the game 5-1.
Holbrook collected just three hits in the game with Barton, Newton-Pender and Adryan Fulton each getting on base. Garcia walked and scored Holbrook’s only run of the game.
Wagoner pitched all six innings, giving up five runs, all earned, on 11 hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
After hosting Show Low on Tuesday, the Roadrunners will host Joseph City this afternoon (March 5). On Saturday, March 8, they travel to St. Johns, followed by a home game with Winslow on Tuesday, March 11.
By Greg Perkins