It was a wild one, but the Parker Broncs’ softball team nailed down their first win of the season March 29 against the Glendale Cardinals in Parker. When the game was called on account of darkness at 7 p.m., the score was Parker 21, Glendale 18.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Broncs had the bases loaded and no one out. The game took more than three hours to play.
During the game, the Broncs turned their first double play of the season in the top of the second inning. As an indication of their wildness, Bronc pitchers walked 17 batters in the game.
The first inning saw the Cardinals take advantage of three walks to score two runs and take a 2-0 lead. The Broncs responded in the second inning. Doubles from Chloe Rider and Andrea DeLeon and singles from Alicea Moore, Elizabeth McCabe, and DeAndrea Robeldo and three Glendale errors saw the Broncs score eight runs to take the lead, 8-2.
The Broncs added to their lead with four more in the third. Elizabeth McCabe doubled and DeLeon, Tamar McCabe, Marilyn Guzman, Monique Aspa, and Mattie Baldenegro all had singles. De Andrea Robledo wound up on third base following a Glendale error.
Parker kept rolling along and added two more runs in their half of the fourth. Elizabeth McCabe singled, Tamar McCabe stretched a single into a double, and Marilyn Guzman got a base due to an error. Tamar scored on a passed ball.
Ahead 14-2, the Broncs needed just three outs and to keep Glendale from scoring more than two runs for the 10-run “mercy rule” to be invoked, giving them the win. However, the Cardinals apparently decided they didn’t want to go home early. They had just four singles in the inning, but the Broncs’ pitchers gave up six walks and hit a batter while the team committed four errors. The Cardinals scored 10 runs to close the gap to 14-12.
Showing some resiliency, the Broncs responded with six runs in their half of the fifth. Robledo, Aspa, and Moore each doubled. Elizabeth McCabe got on base with a bunt single. Baldenegro and Alicea Moore were hit by pitches. It was Parker 20, Glendale 12.
As if to show they weren’t done yet, the Cardinals score six runs of their own in the top of the sixth inning, during which it was getting dark at Parker’s softball field. They had two singles and a double, and they took advantage of four Parker walks, an error, and a hit batter.
The Broncs had score once in the bottom of the sixth when the umpires called the game.
The double play came in the top of the second inning. With one out and runners on first and second, a ground ball was hit down the third base line and was fielded by Kaylee Moore. She was playing close to the base, and stepped on third base for the force out. She then threw to first to nab the batter there.
That was the second base runner Moore nabbed that inning. She hit a double to the fence in the fifth inning, and she was also involved in a rundown that saw another Glendale player tagged out.
Coach Lee Hibl said DeLeon pitched well in the first four innings of the game before being relieved after giving up three runs in the fifth. He also praised two freshmen, Elizabeth McCabe and Mattie Baldenegro, for their outstanding play. He said Tamar McCabe also stood out in the game and made some exceptional plays.
“All of our girls are hitting well,” he said. “All of our girls are playing to win and they’re doing a very good job and I’m proud of them.”
The winning feeling didn’t last long as the Broncs lost to the Kingman Bulldogs, 25-1, March 31 in Kingman. The Bulldogs scored 11 runs in the first inning, and nine more in the fourth. The Bulldogs are undefeated as of April 1. The day before the Parker game, they defeated the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks by the same score, 25-1.
The Broncs are now 0-0 against their 3A West opponents, 0-2 against other 3A teams, and 1-6 overall. They’ll take a break for the Easter holiday and will play their next game Wednesday, April 6 at Tonopah Valley. On Friday, April 9, the Broncs will play the Tonopah Valley Phoenix at home. Game time is 3:45 p.m.
Here are the standings in the 3A West as of April 1. Teams are listed by their records in the region, records against 3A teams and overall records. Tie-breakers or other apparent anomalies are explained.
Kingman: 1-0, 2-0, 5-0
Wickenburg: 0-0, 2-3, 2-4
PARKER: 0-0, 0-2, 1-6; in third place due to 0-2 record against 3A teams
Yuma Catholic: 0-1, 0-3, 0-5; in fourth place due to 0-3 record against 3A teams
Tonopah Valley: 0-0, 0-4, 1-6; in fourth place due to 0-4 record against 3A teams