Broncos sweep defending state champs
Zach Later squares up a base knock during Blackfoot's road win at Pocatello on Monday.
POCATELLO â€” It was cold. It was windy. In short. It was a typical spring baseball game in Southeastern Idaho as the Blackfoot Broncos traveled south to Pocatello for a rescheduled game from an earlier season rain out.
Blackfoot entered the game looking for a regular season sweep of the Indians and by games end, that is exactly what they got as they downed the defending 4A state champions with a 10-3 ball game.
"To come out and get another win against the defending state champions on a really cold day, you really can't ask a whole lot more of these kids," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "The weather conditions stink but on the bus ride here we talked about this is true Idaho baseball weather so let's come out focused."
Blackfoot got off the bus swinging as they raced to a 4-0 lead after a half inning of play. Cody Evans ignited the first inning rally with a solid single which was followed by a Zach Later single to put the Broncos in business. One batter later Colby Pearson helped his own cause with an RBI single to score Evans and after a base on balls by Cole Mansanarez, Justin Mathie drove in a pair of runs with a 2RBI single for the 3-0 lead. Mitch Martin capped the scoring when he drove in Blackfoot's fourth run with an RBI single and Broncos were rolling.
"We came out hot and scored those four runs in the first inning which was huge because Colby could then come in and pitch relaxed," coach Dahle said. "Colby threw with confidence. He's a competitor and came out focused and ready to go."
Blackfoot added another run in the top of the second inning when Pearson drove in Later with an RBI double. Pocatello responded with a 3 run fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-3 as the Indians took advantage of a Blackfoot fielding error.
Back came Blackfoot however as they mounted a charge in the top of the fifth inning, scoring 5 runs in a frame that was highlighted by a two out, RBI double off of the bat of Cole Mansanarez.
"You saw the momentum swing to Pocatello's side with that three run inning and to come back and put the nail in the coffin with five runs in the next inning was huge," coach Dahle said.
Pearson picked up the win for the Broncos, working 4 2/3 innings, allowing just 1 earned run while scattering 5 hits and striking out 6.
Dylan Mansanarez closed out the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings, none bigger than the bottom of the sixth when he slammed the door on a bases loaded situation with a lazy fly ball to right field.
With the win, Blackfoot improves their season record to 8-4 and are 4-0 in conference play.
"I don't know the last time we started 4-0 in conference play, especially sweeping the defending state champions so it is a huge, huge confidence booster for us," coach Dahle said. "We have Rigby next and they are one of those teams where you need to play your A game or they will sneak one past you so we will approach them the same way we do with a Pocatello or Bonneville and hopefully we can pick up two more wins."
Blackfoot will play Rigby at Rigby on Thursday at 4:30 and then at home on Friday with another 4:30 start time.
BLACKFOOT 10, POCATELLO 3
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Blackfoot 410 050 0 - 10 9 2
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Blackfoot hitters - Cody Evans 3-5, Zach Later 4-5 3R, Colby Pearson 3-4 2B 3RBI, Mitch Martin 2-4; pitching - Colby Pearson 4 2/3IP 3R 5H 6K 1BB, Dylan Mansanarez 2 1/3IP 0R 2H 3K 1BB.
Pocatello hitters - Josh Holmes 3-3, Bodie Cooper 1-3, Jacob Oblea 2-3, Matt Cose 2-3; pitching - Matt Cose 7IP 10R 9H 3K 1BB.