The Parker Broncs baseball team had three games this past week. They defeated the Tonopah Valley Phoenix, 16-1, and the Mohave Accelerated Patriots, 19-2, but they came up short against the top 2A team in the state, the Scottsdale Christian Eagles, 7-0.
Against Tonopah Valley April 2, the Broncs fell behind 1-0 as they entered the bottom half of the second inning. The Broncs responded by putting nine runs across the plate and taking a 9-1 lead. They never looked back after that. With Parker ahead 16-1, the game was called after the Phoenix batted in the top half of the fifth inning.
Carlos Torres and Estie Andrade each drove in three runs for the Broncs. Emanuel Alaniz and Richie Archuleta each had two RBI. Estevan Moreno and Archuleta each scored three runs, and Taylor Aspa and Archuleta doubled.
Torres got the win, going five innings and giving up one run on one hit. He walked two and struck out eight.
The Mohave Accelerated game April 4 in Bullhead City looked like the Richie Archuleta Show. The Parker senior had three hits, including a single and a double. He also knocked in six RBI and scored two runs himself. On the mound, he went one-and-two-thirds innings in relief, giving up no runs or hits while walking two and striking out one.
The winning pitcher was Alaniz, who started the game and went two innings. He gave up no runs on two hits while walking one and striking out one.
Torres had three hits, scored two runs, and had an RBI. Kyle Dyer scored four runs on three hits. Estie Andrade had a triple and scored three runs on three hits. Steven Lucas also had a triple.
The game was called after five innings with Parker ahead, 19-2.
The Scottsdale Christian Eagles are ranked No. 1 of the 2A teams in the state, and it was easy to see why after they defeated the Broncs, 7-0, April 5 in Parker. The Broncs played them evenly for much of the game, but the Eagles’ three runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning put them ahead for good.
The Broncs had problems all afternoon with Eagles’ pitcher Ronan Kopp. The junior left-hander pitched a complete game shutout win, giving up just two hits, walking one, and hitting a batter. He also struck out 14.
Archuleta took the loss for the Broncs. He went three-and-two thirds innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Alaniz came on in relief and closed out the game.
Parker Coach Harley Hazel said Archuleta pitched a great game, and he only removed him because his pitch count for the week was reaching its limit.
Hazel said he was happy with how the Broncs played in the loss.
“The boys have outstanding focus,” he said. “They have a great approach to the game. They hung in there together.”
“I love the heart this team has,” Hazel continued. “They have a great bond. They play well together and feed off each other.”
The week left the Broncs at 2-0 against their 2A West region opponents and 5-2 against other 2A teams. They’re ranked 8th among 2A teams. Overall, they are 8-5.
The Broncs will be focusing on region play for the remainder of the season, which ends April 23 with a home game against the Heritage Academy Heroes of Laveen. They have three games this week. The first will be against the Arizona Lutheran Coyotes April 9 on the road. They’ll face Arizona Lutheran April 11 at home. Game time is 3:45 p.m. The final game will be April 12 on the road against the Trivium Prep Crimson Knights.