The Parker Broncs’ softball team went 1-2 in their final week of the regular season. They defeated the Antelope Rams, 9-8, on April 26 at home, but then lost two games to the top team in the 3A West, the Kingman Bulldogs, 19-4 April 27 at home and 14-0 April 30 at Kingman.
The April 26 game was Senior Day. One of the Broncs’ seniors, DeAndrea Robledo, thanked the many coaches who had worked with her over the years. These included the late Barney Aspa, who died last year.
In the April 27 game, several Broncs, including Mattie Baldenegro and Kaylee Moore, played excellent defense. However, the Broncs found themselves in a hole early as they gave up six runs in the top of the first inning.
The Broncs responded with two of their own in the first inning. Monique Aspa started things off by getting hit by a pitch. She later scored on a single by Andrea DeLeon. DeLeon scored on a single from DeAndrea Robledo. The Broncs’ rally ended when Moore hit into a double play where she and Robledo were both out.
The Broncs added two more in the second inning to close the gap to 6-4. Beth McCabe and Tamar McCabe both singled and both scored.
That would be the closest the Broncs would get. Kingman took advantage of four hits and three hit batters to score five runs in the third inning, and they added three more in the fourth and five more in the fifth. All the Broncs could muster was a pair of singles and a double from Chloe Rider. The game was called off at the end of five innings when the 10-run “mercy rule” was invoked.
The Broncs closed out their 2021 season with a 14-0 April 30 in Kingman. This one was also called off after five innings.
The Broncs end their season with a record of 2-6 against their 3A West rivals, 2-8 against 3A teams, 5-12 overall. They placed fourth in the 3A West, with only the Tonopah Valley Phoenix having a worse record.
Here are the final standings of the 3A West. Teams are listed by their records in the region, their records against 3A teams, and overall records.
Kingman: 7-1, 8-1, 12-1
Wickenburg: 7-1, 8-6, 9-9
Yuma Catholic: 3-5, 3-10, 3-13
PARKER: 2-6, 2-8, 5-12
Tonopah Valley: 1-7, 1-11, 2-14