Blackfoot offense stymied by Pocatello pitching
POCATELLO — There is something about Halliwell Park that does not agree with the Blackfoot Broncos.
Last summer the Broncos saw their American Legion season come to an end in the 'A' district tournament on the field in Pocatello. The Broncos also saw their 2013 season begin with a doubleheader sweep by Wednesday opponent the Pocatello Razorbacks.
The Broncos hit the road for the first time in the 2014 season and made the short drive down I-15 to take on the Razorbacks and the bug a boo of Halliwell Park got the Broncos again in game one of their doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.
The Razorbacks scored three runs in the first, second and fourth innings on the way to an 11-3 win.
Pocatello got on the board in the bottom of the first and the scoring started with a bang as lead off hitter Ethan Hunt ripped a stand up triple to left field.
After a walk, Cory Meyer drove in another run with a groundout, Kam Farnsworth's sacrifice fly closed out the opening inning scoring.
Pocatello's offense picked up where it left off in the bottom of the second.
The Razorbacks collected five hits, plating three runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.
Farnsworth had the innings big hit with a two-RBI single.
Farnsworth was a thorn in the Broncos side all game long as he went 2-for-2 with a single, triple and five RBI.
While the Razorbacks were not having any trouble scoring runs, the Broncos struggled with Pocatello starter Mason Foltz.
The Broncos managed just six hits and three runs of Foltz who pitched a complete game striking out 10 hitters.
Foltz held the Broncos to just three hits through the opening four innings.
Blackfoot finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth with two outs.
Jode Stephensen lead of the inning with a single. The next hitters were retired before Brady Pearson was hit by a pitch.
Russell Osborn walked to load the bases, when Kyle Scott singled up the middle scoring Stephensen and Pearson.
The Broncos added another run in the sixth when Taylor Pearson who led off the inning with a single moved to third when the throw from the catcher on a stolen base attempt went into center field allowing Pearson to move to third.
Tyler Lindsay drove home Pearson with a sacrifice fly to right for the Broncos final run.
The Razorbacks scored three more runs in the fourth on six hits, then tacked on two more runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 11-3.
Offensive struggles continued for the Broncos in game two of the doubleheader as they fell 8-1 to the Razorbacks.
Pocatello scored five runs in the opening two frames and that was all of the offense Marsh Valley soon to be senior and Razorbacks pitcher Trevor Bowers would need.
Bowers and Braedon Boyer combined to throw a three-hitter striking out 13 total Broncos hitters. Bowers finished the game with 10 punch outs.
The lone Blackfoot run came off the bat of Scott with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Razorbacks 11, Blackfoot 3
Blackfoot 000 021 0 — 3 6 3
Razorbacks 330 320 x — 11 14 1
Blackfoot — Dallin Fairchild, Kyle Scott (4), Tiaus Hansen (6) and Tyler Lindsay. Razorbacks — Mason Foltz and Cory Meyer. 2B — Conner Lamont (Poky). 3B — Ethan Hunt (Poky), Kam Farnsworth (Poky).
Razorbacks 8, Blackfoot 1
Blackfoot 000 010 0 — 1 3 6
Razorbacks 320 102 x — 8 8 1
Blackfoot — Taylor Pearson, Brady Trappett (6) and Jode Stephensen. Razorbacks — Trevor Bowers, Braedon Boyer (6). 2B — CC Burrup (Poky), Cory Meyer (Poky). 3B — Ethan Hunt (Poky).