By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos of Snowflake split their games last week, falling hard to Blue Ridge, then defeating Holbrook.
Last Tuesday the Lobos dropped a game to Blue Ridge, 14-2. After a scoreless opening inning, the Lady Yellowjackets pushed across seven runs in the second, then added another seven in the fourth to win the game. Snowflake scored just once each in the fourth and fifth frames.
The Lobos ended with just seven hits in the loss. Eilee Penrod went 1 for 2, as did Kelsie Stratton. Tycee Coplan was 1 for 3 with a triple. Ashlyn Butler went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Tandis Yellowhair also went 2 for 3.
Stratton started the game in the circle and worked 21/3 innings. She faced 19 batters and gave up eight runs, only four earned, on four hits with four walks and one strikeout. Tori Flake pitched 22/3 innings, facing 12 batters. She allowed six runs, only three earned, on four hits with two walks.
Thursday’s home game against Holbrook went much better. Snowflake played well through the first three innings, building a 7-0 lead before the Lady Roadrunners scored three times in the sixth, leaving the Lobos with a 7-3 win.
Flake earned the win, pitching all seven innings. She faced 29 batters and gave up three runs, only two earned, on two hits with nine strikeouts and one walk.
After hosting third ranked Show Low on Tuesday, the Lobos will conclude the regular season today (April 30) with a home tilt against second ranked Winslow.
Facing two of the top three ranked teams in the final week of the regular season will certainly give the Lobos a taste of what they will see in the state tournament, which begins on Saturday, May 3, in Phoenix. They entered this week’s action ranked sixth in the standings and if they can remain inside the top eight in the final rankings, they will earn a first round bye and won’t see tournament action until Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, in the second and third rounds. If they drop down in the rankings to the ninth position, they will begin the state tournament this Saturday.
By Greg Perkins