By Greg Perkins
The Holbrook Lady Roadrunners won three games, lost one and tied one at the seventh annual Krystin Diehl Softball Tournament played last weekend in Maricopa.
The Lady Birds defeated Carl Hayden 13-1 behind a strong pitching performance from Tess Baldonado, who gave up just two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. Holbrook tallied 13 hits led by Alizia Foster, who went three for four. Baldonado helped her own cause going two for four with a home run. Freshman Jadiana Perez was two for two.
Holbrook battled to a 9-9 tie with La Joya in Friday’s second game. The Roadrunners led 3-2 at the close of the first, then forged a 4-4 tie after two innings. La Joya moved in front with three in the third, then led by four after five innings. Holbrook fought back with four runs in the sixth inning to finish the game deadlocked at 9-9. Demo Perkins got the no decision in the circle, where she allowed 11 hits with six walks. The Birds collected 17 hits in the game. Foster went three for five, Baldonado was three for four and Davi Reyes went two for three.
On Saturday morning Holbrook edged Higley 12-11. Trailing by one after the first inning, the Roadrunners took the lead with five runs in the second. Holbrook scored another in the third, then added two in the fourth and picked up four runs in the fifth. Higley made the game close by scoring eight runs in its half of the fifth inning. Isabelle Jacques was the winning pitcher for Holbrook, allowing just seven hits with 10 walks and two strikeouts.
Next up Holbrook took care of Florence with an 8-3 win. The Roadrunners led 2-1 after the first, then extended that lead to 4-1 in the fourth. In the sixth frame they opened the game up, scoring four runs while giving up just two more. Baldonado was the winning pitcher, allowing just six hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Holbrook finished the game with 11 hits led by Baldonado, who went two for two. Kylah Spangler was three for four, Brandi Cline went one for three and Foster belted a home run.
In their final game of the tournament the Birds were shut out by Maricopa, losing to the Lady Rams 6-0. The Roadrunners gave up one in the first, three in the third, one in the fourth and a final run in the fifth inning. Holbrook struggled at the plate, finishing with just five hits and six strikeouts. Perkins took the loss in the circle, giving up six runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts and five walks.
The Roadrunners headed into this week’s action with an overall mark of 5-2-1. 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