By Greg Perkins
The Lady Roadrunners of Holbrook drew a split in their first two games since spring break.
Hosting Mogollon on Tuesday, they pounded the Lady Mustangs in five innings, 19-2.
Holbrook’s bats worked well, with the team collectively hitting seven doubles in the game. Alizia Foster accounted for three of those doubles, going 4 for 4 at the plate with seven RBIs and scoring twice. Tess Baldonado was 1 for 1 with a double, walked twice, had one RBI and scored three runs. Kylah Spangler went 2 for 3 with a double, a walk, two RBIs and scored twice. Demo Perkins went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and scored two runs. Brandi Cline was 1 for 2 with a double, an RBI, drew one walk, was hit by a pitch and scored four runs. Jadiana Perez went 1 for 2, walked twice, had three RBIs and scored twice. Isabelle Jacquez was 1 for 1, walked twice and scored once. Davi Reyes went 1 for 1 with a walk, an RBI and scored twice. Mariah Cummings was 0 for 2, but walked and scored once. Amber Shelendewa went 1 for 2.
Baldonado earned the win in the circle, working 42/3 innings. She faced just 21 Mustang batters, giving up two runs, only one earned, on seven hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. Isabelle Jacquez pitched two-thirds of an inning without allowing a hit on only five pitches.
Playing in Payson on Tuesday afternoon the Birds came out on the wrong end of a 17-7 final score.
The Roadrunners fell behind 10-0 through the first three innings, then scored three times in the top of the fourth. The Lady Longhorns countered with seven runs in the fourth, building a commanding 17-3 cushion. Holbrook’s attempt to extend the game past five innings came up just short after the Birds scored four runs in the top of the fifth.
Payson scored 17 runs on 11 hits and made two errors.
Holbrook finished with 10 hits and also made two errors. Foster went 2 for 3. Baldonado was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Spangler was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Perkins went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Alex Jeffers-Sample was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Cline went 1 for 3.
Baldonado took the loss on the mound. She faced 27 batters in 31/3 innings of work, allowing 16 runs, 15 earned, on 14 hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Perkins pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up one earned run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
Payson’s premier player, Ari Paulson, caused a lot of damage to Holbrook’s chances as she went 4 for 4 with a home run and a double, and racked up six RBIs. Her younger sister Arissa pitched three perfect innings, striking out all nine of the Holbrook batters she faced.
With the split the Roadrunners moved their overall regular season record to 5-5. On Wednesday, April 9, they will host Blue Ridge, then two days later they welcome in Show Low. On Tax Day they are slated to play in Winslow.
By Greg Perkins