Fairchild's diving grab gives Blackfoot split
BLACKFOOT — One pitch.
One pitch is all it takes to swing the momentum in the game of baseball.
In the top of the fifth inning in game number two of the district opening doubleheader with Wood River Tuesday at Blackfoot High School, Jaron Katseanes made that one pitch, he also got a little help from right fielder Dallin Fairchild.
With Blackfoot holding a 6-5 lead and the bases loaded with two outs, Katseanes was looking for one pitch to get the team out of a huge jam.
After falling behind 1-0, Katseanes got Adrian Rojas to hit a slicing line drive to right field. Knowing that if he did not come up with the catch the Broncos would lose the lead and possibly the game Fairchild had to make a play.
he did just that.
Fairchild saw the ball slicing away from him in right and dove out to his right a snared the ball out of mid air to save the inning and the game for Blackfoot as the team salvaged a split of its doubleheader with a 10-6 win in game two after losing 12-2 in game one.
The offensive firepower that was missing from the Broncos lineup in game one came in spurts in game two.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first Taylor Pearson singled with two outs. He promptly stole second base setting the table for Katseanes.
Katseasnes delivered an RBI single to right field to tie the game.
Blackfoot took the lead in the second scoring three runs, with Zach Later's two-RBI double being the innings big blow.
Wood River added two more runs in the top of the third. But undaunted and determined to get a district win the Broncos offense matched those two runs.
Pearson reach on an error to start the inning, he then stole second and third base, Pearson scored on a double play ground ball hit by Brady Trappett. Fairchild drove in the innings' second run with an RBI double to right field driving in Katseanes.
The Broncos got some insurance runs in the sixth when they plated four while only recording one hit.
Later had an RBI single and Trappett a sacrifice fly. The other two runs scored an a throwing error by Wood River's center fielder.
Fairchild came in to close out the game in the bottom of the seventh under ever darkening skies and the threat of more rain showers.
In the days' opening game two bad innings and the pitching of Wood River started Finn Isaacson turned out to be too much for the Broncos to overcome.
After a 1,2,3 first inning, Wood River hit Broncos starter Cody Evans to the tune of five runs in the second.
Wood River had three RBI singles and a sacrifice fly to score the runs.
Isaacson did the rest.
The tall, lanky Wood River right hander kept the Broncos hitters off balance all game long, by getting ahead with his off speed pitch.
All the offense the Broncos could muster were single runs in the third and seventh innings.
Wood River made score a worse that is appeared with six runs in the seventh.
Later led the Broncos at the plate going 5-for-8 on the day with three RBI.
The Broncos return to action today with a doubleheader against Twin Falls. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Blackfoot High School.
Wood River 12, Blackfoot 2
Wood River 051 000 6 — 12 14 2
Blackfoot 001 000 1 — 2 6 2
Wood River — Finn Isaacson and Nick Brunker. Blackfoot — Cody Evans and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Cam Benson (WR), Nick Brunker (WR), Zach Later (B). 3B — Dallin Fairchild (B).
Blackfoot 10, Wood River 6
Wood River 102 110 1 — 6 4 5
Blackfoot — 132 004 x — 10 8 3
Wood River — Bryce John, Brandon Benson (4) and Cam Benson. Blackfoot — Justin Mathie, Jaron Katseanes (5), Dallin Fairchild (7) and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Alec Nordsieck (WR), Zach Later (B), Dallin Fairchild (B).