It was a wild one for the Parker Broncs softball team Tuesday, Feb. 26 against the Bagdad Sultans. They took the lead, fell behind, tied it up, and then lost in extra innings, 11-8.
Parker’s new softball coach, Macey Ackman, said she is a lot more excited about the potential for this team after the first two games than she was before the start of the season.
The Broncs took a 4-1 lead after the third inning when they scored three runs. They took advantage of three Bagdad errors to score Tatiana Cuadras, Hanna Honomichl, and Chrissy Villescaz.
The Sultans came back to take the lead, and were ahead, 8-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning. With Angelic Robledo and DeAndrea Robledo already on base with two outs, the Sultans decided to walk Cuadras, a hard-hitter who already had two hits on the day. This loaded up the bases for Hanna Honomichl. She smacked a double, but she and the Broncs took advantage of a pair of Bagdad throwing errors to go all the way around and score.
This tied the score at 8-8. After Villescaz grounded out to end the inning, the game went into extra innings.
Hopes that the Broncs could pull this one out when the Sultans scored three runs in the top of the eighth. The Broncs went down in order, and the final score was Bagdad 11, Parker 8.
Cuadras had a good day at bat and on the mound. She had 2 hits and scored 3 runs. As a pitcher, she went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts.
Danielle Hunter had 1 hit and 3 RBI, while Alice McCabe had 2 hits and an RBI.
Ackman said she sees real potential for this team. She said the juniors they have are particularly good.
“We still have some kinks to work out,” she said.
Ackman said she gave this team a slogan for the season: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
The Broncs went 2-2 at the Phoenix Country Day School Desert Classic held March 1 and 2. They defeated Bourgade Catholic, 21-3, and Desert Christian, 15-13. The Broncs came from behind to win that one.
After scoring four runs in the top of the first inning, Desert Christian came back with 11 runs in their half of the first inning. Not about to be outdone, the Broncs put eight runs across the plate in the top of the second, retaking the lead. They held it the rest of the way.
At the tournament, the Broncs’ losses came at the hands of Northland Prep, 14-0; and Fountain Hills, 8-5.
The Broncs are now 1-1 on the regular season. Their next home game will be March 5 against the Wickenburg Wranglers. They have a second home game this week, March 8 against the Santa Cruz Valley Dust Devils. Game time for both games is 3:45 p.m. They’ll close out the week March 9 on the road against the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles.