By Greg Perkins
The Holbrook Roadrunners cruised to a 15-2 win in what was likely their second to last game of the season against the Alchesay Falcons Tuesday afternoon in Whiteriver. The Roadrunners entered the game ranked 29th in power points and needed to win, plus have the right combination of teams ranked ahead of them lose in order to make the top 24 in the rankings. The Roadrunners did their job with the win, but at press time it appeared they may be kept out of the post-season due to other teams also picking up wins. They had one final game left in St. Johns on Wednesday, but even an expected win there may leave them on the outside looking in when the state tournament gets underway on Saturday.
Holbrook jumped on top of the Falcons early, scoring seven runs in the first inning. The Roadrunners added three more in the second and two in the third to lead 12-0 before the Falcons scored once in the fourth frame. Holbrook tacked on three more in the fifth, then closed the game out after five innings.
The Roadrunners collected 15 hits in the game, made just one error and left six on base. The Falcons finished with just two runs on two hits, made eight errors and left five on base.
Scottie Gishie went 1 for 2 at the plate, walked twice, stole three bases and scored twice. Carlos Quintana reached once on an error and later scored. Cade Maestas went 3 for 4 with a triple, had two RBIs, stole two bases and scored four runs. Nick Robinson was 1 for 4 and scored once. Lanny Newton-Pender went 4 for 4 with a triple, had two RBIs and scored three runs. Logan Tsinijinnie was 1 for 3 with a triple, had three RBIs and scored two runs. Trevor Barton went 3 for 3 with a double, a triple, had two RBIs and scored once. Alec Smith and Brandon Kester each went 1 for 1.
Barton worked three innings on the hill facing 10 Falcon batters. He allowed no hits or runs with four strikeouts and walked none. Newton-Pender worked two innings, facing 12 hitters. He gave up two runs on two hits with three strikeouts and walked just one.
With the win the Roadrunners improved their power point game record to 10-7 and their overall mark advanced to 14-11 with just one game left in the season.