By Greg Perkins
Needing to win both games last week to increase their chances of climbing into the top 24 in the rankings, the Holbrook Roadrunners got off to a good start with a late inning win over visiting Snowflake on Thursday. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to keep that momentum going and lost to Winslow Friday on the road.
Hosting the Lobos, the Roadrunners started well enough with two runs in the bottom of the first. Snowflake caught and passed them with four in the second only to see the Birds bounce back to take the lead again with a five-run third inning. The Lobos fought back to tie the game at 7-7 with three runs in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh Holbrook loaded the bases, then Trevor Barton singled in the game winning run, giving the Birds the critical 8-7 win.
Holbrook scored eight runs on 12 hits, made just two errors and left seven stranded. Snowflake countered with seven runs on six hits, made six errors and left five on base.
At the plate, Scottie Gishie went 0 for 2, but scored a run. Carlos Quintana was 3 for 4 and scored twice. Cade Maestas went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored three runs. Nick Robinson went 1 for 3. Lanny Newton-Pender was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Logan Tsinijinnie went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored once. Barton was 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Alec Smith went 1 for 2 and scored once.
Tsinijinnie worked six innings on the hill, facing 30 Lobo batters. He gave up seven runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Quintana pitched one inning, facing just three batters. He allowed no runs, and no hits with one strikeout.
Friday’s game in Winslow didn’t go quite as well for the Birds. After scoring once in the first, they gave up four Bulldog runs in the bottom of the first and never got closer in what resulted in an 11-5 Winslow win. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 6-1 through three innings. Holbrook trimmed that margin to 6-3 with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. However, in the bottom of the sixth Winslow pretty much put the game out of reach by scoring five times. Holbrook tried to mount a rally in the seventh, but came up short after scoring two runs.
The Birds collected 10 hits, made just two errors and left seven on base. The Bulldogs had 11 hits, also made two errors and left seven on base.
Quintana went 2 for 4 with a double and scored once. Maestas was 2 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and scored three runs. Robinson went 2 for 4. Tristan Baldonado went 1 for 3 with a double, one RBI and scored a run. Tsinijinnie went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Barton was 1 for 3 with a double. Smith went 1 for 2.
Quintana worked 52/3 innings, facing 33 Bulldog batters. He gave up 10 runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and walked three. Baldonado pitched a third of an inning, facing three batters. He allowed one run on one hit and walked two.
With the split the Roadrunners moved their regular season record to 9-7. They entered this week ranked 29th in power points. They need to get into the top 24 to extend their season into the playoffs. After playing at Alchesay on Tuesday, they will close out the regular season at St. Johns today (April 29). Even with expected wins in both contests, the Birds may need some outside help to reach the post-season. If they get it, they will play in an opening round game on Saturday, May 2, at the Superior Sports Complex.