Lady Broncos end Lady Panthers winning streak at 13 with 11-10 win
Blackfootâ€™s Hadlie Henderson slides into home plate just as the ball reaches Snake River catcher Kara Polatis during the third inning of their game at Blackfoot High School on Saturday.
BLACKFOOT â€” After watching their one run led slip away in the top of the seventh inning on a wild throw that allowed a run to score, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos knew they had to aggressive if they wanted to pull out a win and end the crosstown rival Panthers 13-game winning streak.
The Broncos were just that.
Sami Macfee led of the bottom of the seventh with a single and stole second and then came around to score on a ground ball to third hit by Madison Rigby when the throw sailed over the first baseman's head and out of play giving Blackfoot the 11-10 victory.
As city rivalry games always do, Saturday's match-up between the Broncos and Panthers had a little bit of everything. Mother Nature also threw her own curve balls into the mix with a stiff breeze.
These two teams are very familiar with each other as many of the players have played with out against each other for years, so there were not going to be many secrets. The Panthers have also been tested in each of the last two games and found ways to earn the wins.
Saturday was no different as Blackfoot who has been scuffling on the field and been hit by the injury and sickness bug was looking for something to turn the tables in their favor.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth the Broncos found themselves trailing 9-7 after an RBI double by the Panthers Anissa Reyes double in the top of the inning.
Broncos head coach Matt Chavez told his team to get some heart and be aggressive at the plate.
Brooklyn Adams led off the inning being hit by a pitch, she was erased on a fielders choice hit by Anicia Luna.
Taylor Beers hit into another fielders choice, Matti Chavez walked to put runners on for Henderson.
Henderson hit a fly ball to center field that hit the glove of Per Coles and fell to the ground allowing Beers and Chavez to score.
Henderson came around to score on a single by Ashlyn Beers to give Blackfoot a 10-9 lead.
After Henderson retired the first two Panthers she faced in the top of the seventh, Alyssa Crumley ripped a double to left center field keeping the Panthers hopes of tying the game alive.
Raegan Martin came up next and hit a fly ball to left field that Macfee tried to chase down,but the wind carried it just out of reach and off her mitt allowing Crumley to score to tie the game at 10-10.
The Broncos ended up winning in the bottom of the seventh.
While the final two innings were nail bitting for both the teams, the first three innings featured lots of offense.
The Panthers scored eight runs in the first three innings, getting two in the first and third inning and four in the second.
Mayce Polatis had a two-RBI double in the first to open the scoring. Blackfoot answered in the bottom of the inning getting three runs on RBI singles from Cassandra Clarke and Beers and a double from Henderson.
Coles had a two-RBI since in the second and Crumley added another RBI hit as the Panthers built a 6-3 lead.
Crumley added a two-RBI double in the top of the third to give the Panthers an 8-3 lead, but the Broncos rallied in the bottom half of the inning on a two-RBI double by Clarke and a two-run home run by Macfee.
Clarke led the Broncos at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Crumley went 4-for-5 for the Panthers with three RBI, Polatis went 3-for-3 with two RBI.
The victory for the Broncos snapped the Panthers 13-game winning streak to start the season.
Blackfoot plays at Minico on Tuesday, while Snake River travels to Marsh Valley on Wednesday.
Blackfoot 11, Snake River 10
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Snake River 242 00 11 â€” 10 15 3
Blackfoot 304 003 1 â€” 11 9 2
Snake River â€” Alyssa Crumley and Kara Polatis. Blackfoot â€” Hadlie Henderson and Matti Chavez. 2B â€” Alyssa Crumley (SR), Mayce Polatis (SR), Anissa Reyes (SR), Matti Chavez (BHS), Hadlie Henderson (BHS),Cassandra Clarke (BHS). HR â€” Sami Macfee (BHS).