By Greg Perkins
The Lobos bounced back from two hard fought, one-run losses in the final week of the regular season to win their opening round state tournament game in five innings.
Hosting Show Low April 29, the Lobos gave up the go ahead to the Cougars in the top of the seventh to lose 2-1. Snowflake fought back from being down one to tie the game in the sixth. The Lobos finished the game with just five hits, and also gave up five to the Cougars.
At the plate, Ty Reidhead went 2 for 3 for the Lobos. Dallon Reidhead was 1 for 2 and scored the team’s only run. Tanner Crosby went 1 for 3. Hunter Bauer was also 1 for 3 with an RBI double.
Jarom Beecroft pitched well, facing 29 batters through seven innings. He allowed two runs, only one earned, on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts.
A home game with Winslow the following day was another heartbreaker. Snowflake led 1-0 after three and matched Winslow in the sixth to tie the game 2-2 heading to the seventh. Like the previous day, the Lobos gave up a single run in the top of the seventh to lose the game 3-2.
Jake Lyman pitched 61/3 innings, facing 28 batters. He gave up three runs, only two earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts and walked four. Tanner Crosby pitched two-thirds of an inning with one strikeout.
At the plate, Caedon Ervien went 1 for 3, as did Dallon Reidhead. Garrett Jackson was 1 for 1. Crosby went 1 for 4 with a double and scored. Nate Kelley went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Dallin Fusselman was 1 for 2. Bauer went 2 for 3 and scored once.
Saturday’s first round state tournament game against the 21st seeded Rio Rico Hawks was a laugher for the Lobos as they advanced with an easy 11-1 win.
With that win, Snowflake will face fifth seeded Palo Verde Magnet School from Tucson. The Titans earned the first round bye with an impressive 22-4 overall season record. That matchup will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 9, on Field No. 4 of the Surprise Baseball Complex. If the Lobos win, they will face either 13th ranked Kingman Academy or No. 4 Page at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, also on Field No. 4 of the complex.
By Greg Perkins