The Parker Broncs baseball team got off to a rousing start on their 2019 season Feb. 26 when they defeated the Bagdad Sultans, 13-2, in Parker. The game was called in the fifth inning. The game was originally scheduled for Bagdad, but was moved to Parker following last week’s winter storm.

The Broncs got off to an early lead, and had two runs after the first two innings. However, they completely blew the game open in the third inning as they scored 11 runs on eight hits. Carlos Torres doubled, and Danny Durham and Richie Archuleta both had a single and a double. Taylor Aspa, Kyle Dyer, and Matt Flores all singled.

Torres pitched a complete game for the win. He gave up just one earned run in five innings pitched. He gave up five hits, struck out seven, and didn’t walk anyone.

Broncs’ Coach Harley Hazel said Parker had great pitching from Torres and they also did very well at the plate. He added this was a team that did what it needed to do.

“This was just a good, solid baseball team,” he said.

For the day, Emanuel Alaniz, Durham and Archuleta each had two hits and two RBI.

The Broncs had 3-0-1 at the Phoenix Country Day School Desert Classic, which was played March 1 and 2 at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix. They defeated Bourgade Catholic, 5-2; Desert Christian, 24-0, and Fountain Hills, 11-1. They tied the Camp Verde Cowboys at 5-5.

The Broncs are now 1-0 on the regular season. Their next home date will be March 5 against the Wickenburg Wranglers. They’ll have a second home date this week when the play the Santa Cruz Valley Dust Devils from Eloy on March 8. Game time for both games is 3:45 p.m. They’ll close out the week on the road against the Phoenix Country Day School Eagles March 9.

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