By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners earned a split in their last two ball games, picking up a home field win over Joseph City last Wednesday, then dropping a road contest at St. Johns on Saturday. Both games counted toward their overall power point standings.
Joseph City jumped on top of the Holbrook squad early on Wednesday afternoon, scoring three runs in the opening inning. Not to be outdone, the Roadrunners answered right back with three scores of their own to tie the game. A scoreless second inning led to the bottom of the third, where the Birds scored four runs to take the lead for good. The Wildcats tried to mount a challenge in the fifth, scoring their final run of the game. Holbrook put away any doubts in the home half of the sixth by scoring five runs en route to the 12-4 win, the team’s first of the season.
Holbrook scored 12 runs on 11 hits, made three errors and left nine on base.
The Wildcats scored four runs with six hits, made 11 errors and left seven stranded.
Trevor Barton worked six innings on the hill for the Birds, facing 27 batters. He allowed four runs, only three earned, on four hits with eight strikeouts and walked two. Nikko Ferniza worked the final inning, facing just five batters. He allowed no runs with two hits, had one strikeout and walked none.
At the plate, Barton helped his own cause by going three for five with two RBIs and scored once. Buddy Wagoner went one for four with a double and scored once. Ferniza was two for three with an RBI and scored twice. Julian Garcia went two for four with a double, an RBI and scored twice. Adryan Fulton was zero for three, but reached twice on errors, walked once, collected two RBIs and scored once. Carlos Quintana went one for three with two RBIs and scored once. Nick Robinson was one for three with a double and scored once. Ben Nafziger went one for three with an RBI and scored once. Scottie Gishie walked once and scored once.
Saturday’s game at St. Johns once again had Holbrook battling back from an early deficit.
The Redskins scored twice in the bottom of the first, but the Roadrunners fought back to take the lead with five runs in the second. Holbrook extended that lead to 7-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. St. Johns began a comeback bid with four in the home half of the fourth to pull within one. The Redskins then went ahead with four more in the fifth and added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game 13-7.
Holbrook scored seven runs on 10 hits, made five errors and left seven on base.
St. Johns scored 13 runs on 16 hits, made only two errors and left 13 on base.
Devin Nez and Wagoner each worked three innings on the hill. Nez faced 20 batters, allowing seven runs, only two earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Wagoner took on 24 batters, allowing six runs, only two earned, with nine hits, three strikeouts and walked three.
At the dish, Barton was three for four with two doubles, three RBIs and scored two runs. Ferniza went two for three with an RBI. Lanny Newton-Pender went two for four with a home run. Garcia went zero for three, but walked and scored a run. Robinson went one for three, walked once and scored twice. Gishie went two for three and scored a run.
With the split the Roadrunners headed into this week’s action with an overall mark of 1-4-1. They are 1-2 in power point contests. After hosting Winslow on Tuesday, they will host Snowflake on Friday, March 14, then travel to Eagar on Monday, March 17, to face Round Valley.
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By Greg Perkins