The Parker Broncs’ baseball team got one in the “win” column Monday, April 26, as they defeated the Antelope Rams of Wellton, 8-7, in Parker.
It was a game that had its fair share of bizarre moments, including a run-down that went bad, an “inside-the-park” home run, and a balk.
The Broncs got on the board early with two runs in the bottom of the first. Joe Martinez singled, stole second base, and advanced to third on a passed ball. He scored on a single from Cameron Poole. Poole himself used a stolen base and a passed ball to get to third, but then was caught in a rundown between third and home when Collin Stanton got a base hit and wound up on second base.
Poole was clearly tagged by the Rams before he got to home, but the umpire ruled him “safe” because he said Antelope had illegally blocked his path to the plate.
The Broncs got one in the second inning as Tyson Ross doubled and went to third on a throwing error on the same play. A second throwing error on the same play led to him scoring in a very unusual “inside-the- park” home run.
In the third inning, the Broncs had Martinez at third and Poole at second with Collin Stanton at bat. Antelope’s pitcher was called for a balk, and both runners advanced. Martinez scored and Poole went to third. He would score on a passed ball when Eman Alaniz was at bat.
With the score tied 7-7 in the sixth inning, Matthew Rodriguez scored what would be the winning run as the Broncs went on to win it, 8-7. He walked to start the inning, advanced to second on a stolen base, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Poole, and scored on a single from Stanton.
Martinez and Poole scored most of Parker’s runs. They both scored three runs for six of Parker’s eight runs. Martinez had four hits and Poole had two. Stanton also had two hits, including a double for one of the Broncs’ two extra-base hits. Ross’s double that turned into a home run was the other one.
In addition to having a good day at bat, Martinez was also the Broncs’ starting pitcher. He went four and 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out two. Tyson Ross came on in relief in the fifth inning. He went two and 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one.
The sense of victory didn’t last long. The next day, April 27, the Broncs were routed by the Kingman Bulldogs, 20-1, in Parker. The Bulldogs were ahead 10-1 coming into the fifth inning, but they proceeded to completely blow the Broncs away with 10 runs in that inning. When the Broncs didn’t score in the bottom of the fifth, the game was called due to the 10-run “mercy rule.”
The games left the Broncs with a record of 1-8 in the 3A West, 1-9 against 3A teams, and an overall record of 2-14. They’ll play the Bulldogs again in Kingman on Friday, April 30. Their final home game, and their final game of the 2021 season, will be May 4 against the Glendale Cardinals.