By Greg Perkins
Head Coach Don Tyler has been with the program for four years, but this will be his first at the helm of the Holbrook Lady Roadrunner softball team. Assisting Coach Tyler will be second year assistant Emma Hubbard, who also serves as the team’s pitching coach. Delmar Johnson will head up the junior varsity team with his six years of experience. Also assisting will be first year coach Joey Aguilera. Volunteer coaches helping out with both squads will be Tracie Reidhead and Tess Baldonado.
“We are looking forward to an exciting season led by a strong senior group with two years of playoff experience. With this experience I am expecting great things,” said Coach Tyler.
Players on the varsity roster at this time include seniors Brandi Cline, Mariah Cummings, Daviana Reyes, Lauren Silversmith and Kylah Spangler. They will be joined by juniors Celena Ambrose, Isabella Jacquez, Alexandra Jeffers-Sample, Cynthia Rodriguez and Elizabeth Luna. Rounding out the varsity roster will be freshmen Kallee Reidhead and Makenzi Thompson. Jadiana Parez will be the team manager while recovering from an injury.
Players on the junior varsity team include Kenia Alvarado, Destany Begay, Aiyana Gary, Kendra Monroe, Amber Notah, Hannah Pete, Kristina Pete, Carla Plumb, Ashleii Puente, Cristen Halwood and Rayanna Yellowhair.
Weather permitting, the Roadrunners opened the season at home against St. Johns on Wednesday. They will be in action again on Tuesday, March 3, at Show Low. The following day they will play in Joseph City. On Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, they will see plenty of action at the Maricopa Tournament.
Last season’s team went 14-15-1 and fell in the first round of the state tournament to Thatcher.