Update: The Broncs home game against the Paradise Honors Panthers scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 has been cancelled due to bad weather
The Parker Broncs girls’ softball team went 2-1 last week, and all the games turned into thrillers. The Broncs also proved they can hit the ball and hit it hard. They lost to the Wickenburg Wranglers, 15-13, on March 5 at home. They came back to defeat the Santa Cruz Valley Dust Devils, 6-5, on March 8 at home and the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles, 14-13 on March 9 on the road.
Against Wickenburg March 5, the Broncs fell behind early as the Wranglers had a 7-0 lead after two innings. The Broncs drove hard to catch up, but the Wranglers pushed hard to stay ahead. It turned into a slugfest as Wickenburg won, 15-13.
Parker showed some long-ball power as Alexis Pena hit a two-run home run and DeAndrea Robledo hit a solo homer.
Hannah Honomichl had three hits, including a double, and three RBI. Tatiana Cuadras and Marilyn Guzman each had two hits and one RBI.
The game against the Santa Cruz Valley Dust Devils of Eloy March 8 turned into a thriller. After falling behind, 5-3, the Broncs put three runs across the plate in the bottom of the seventh to win it, 6-5. The rally was capped off by a walk-off single from Marilyn Guzman.
Pena had three hits (including a double), scored a run, and had an RBI. Honomichl had two hits, scored a run, and had an RBI. She also pitched a complete game for the win. She gave up five runs on 17 hits. She struck out seven and walked three.
Parker Coach Macey Ackman said the Dust Devil’s pitcher was one of the fastest they’ve seen so far this year.
“The girls are really learning to hit,” she said.
As for the close games, Ackman remarked that they’re keeping things interesting.
The Broncs closed out the week with a 14-13 win over the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles March 9 in Phoenix. This game also turned into a thriller as well as a slugfest. The lead went back and forth between the two teams for the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, the Broncs scored four runs to take the lead for good, 14-12. Even at that, they had to hold off a scoring threat in the bottom of the seventh for a 14-13 win.
The Broncs are now 3-2 overall and 3-0 against other 2A teams. They have a home game this Tuesday, March 12, against the Paradise Honors Panthers. Game time is 4 p.m. This weekend, they’ll be participating in the Coca Cola Classic Tournament in Kingman.