By Greg Perkins
The Roadrunners backed up their win over Window Rock last week with a 15-2 victory over Chinle on Tuesday afternoon.
Playing in Chinle the Holbrook squad started slowly with just a single run in the first. Following a scoreless second, the Birds started to figure out Wildcat pitching. They scored three in the second, added two more in the fourth, then blew the game open with nine runs in the fifth and final inning.
Chinle scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, but Holbrook’s big fifth inning was enough to end the game under the 10-run mercy rule.
The Roadrunners earned 15 runs on 11 hits, played error free and left 11 stranded base runners.
Chinle had two runs on four hits, made five errors and left three on base.
Carlos Quintana worked four innings on the hill for Holbrook, facing just 17 Wildcat batters. He allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Logan Tsinijinnie pitched the final inning, facing the minimum three batters. He allowed no runs, with one strikeout and only one hit.
At the plate, Scottie Gishe went 0 for 3, but walked and scored twice. Trevor Barton was 3 for 5 with two doubles, two stolen bases, an RBI and scored two runs. Quintana went 2 for 4 with a double, was hit by a pitch, had two RBIs and scored three runs. Nick Robinson went 0 for 1, but drew three walks and scored once. Lanny Newton-Pender was 1 for 1 with two walks and scored twice. Nikko Ferniza went 2 for 3 with a walk, two RBIs and scored once. Julian Garcia was 1 for 4 with an RBI and scored once. Ben Nafziger went 1 for 3. Adryan Fulton drew one walk and scored a run. Tsinijinnie was 0 for 1, but reached on an error, had two RBIs and scored once.
Holbrook will host Mogollon on Monday, March 31.
By Greg Perkins