Panthers having fun in Pocatello
CHUBBUCK — A week ago the Snake River Lady Panthers softball team struggled to an 0-4 weekend at the Snake River Summer Smash in Idaho Falls.
Friday afternoon the Panthers took the field of Capell Park in Chubbuck for the opening day of the Poky Shootout softball tournament.
Early on in the day the results were much better as the team downed the Utah Aftershock 9-2 in the opening round of pool play.
In the games second day against the Idaho Crossfire things did not go so well.
Four first inning errors allowed the Crossfire to put four runs on the board. The Crossfire added seven more runs in the top of the fourth before the 60 minute time limit forced the end of the game handing the Panthers an 11-0 loss.
Even though the loss was a bit lopsided, there were plenty of positives for the team to hang their head on, especially considering the Crossfire team they faced featured many players from Bishop Kelly's varsity squad.
The Panthers defense was stout after the first inning miscues. Third baseman Anissa Reyes made a couple of stellar plays that ended up saving runs from scoring.
Reyes snared a couple of hard hit ground balls and fired the throw onto first base for the outs.
In the top of the third Reyes turned an unassisted double play after she caught a line drive and tagged the Crossfire baserunner that was breaking with the crack of the bat.
But the defense proved not to be enough as the offense had no answers for the Crossfire pitching.
Despite the loss the Panthers were still in good shape for tournament play which began later Friday afternoon.
The Panthers are coached by Troy Goodwin and feature a mix of players who played for the Panthers varsity high school team and others who played on the JV squad.
Raegan Martin manned the circle in the game with Crossfire. Martin was also one of the pitchers for the Snake River varsity squad during the high school season.
Even though the end result on the field did not go in their favor, the Panthers bench was in the game the entire time. Summer travel teams like the Panthers give the players good experience against some of the areas top teams and players.
While it is unknown if the Panthers can come from the middle of the pack to win the Poky Shootout, regardless of the outcome the team is heading in the right direction and having a lot of fun doing it.