Panthers nipped 6-5 in first loss of season
THOMAS — The Snake River baseball team took to the home diamond looking for a season sweep of 6th district South Fremont on Wednesday afternoon but the visiting Cougars had other ideas as they rebounded from an earlier season loss to the Panthers with a 6-5 victory.
"Really today, our pitching kind of labored. We walked too many and we hit five batters and early on, I think that every runner we let on scored and then we left nine runner in scoring position," Snake River skipper Rich Dunn said. "We just let too many opportunities early slip away and it got us late."
South Fremont took advantage of a hit batsman in the first inning as the lead off man wore a pitch and eventually scored courtesy of a two out single later in the frame for a 1-0 advantage.
South Fremont added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning with a hit batsman and three singles and suddenly the Panthers were in a position that they are not accustom to as they trailed on the scoreboard 4-0.
The Panther bats woke up in the home half of the third inning however as Kade Harral lit a two out rally with a double and then scored moments later when Nate Martin drilled an RBI triple off the fence in right center field.
South Fremont answered with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning as a pair of fielding miscues proved costly to the Panthers.
Undaunted, Snake River answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, pulling the score to 6-2 after a Cole Hrabik double and then an RBI single by Wyatt Wray.
Snake River threatened to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as they scored 3 runs without the benefit of a hit as they garnered three walks, had a batter get hit and took advantage of a South Fremont fielding error in the uprising. Unfortunately a pair of runners were stranded in the inning as the teams headed to the seventh inning with South Fremont clinging to the one run lead.
The comeback came up short however as three hard hit balls found Cougar leather in the bottom of the seventh as the Panthers tasted defeat for the first time in six games.
"The one thing that I liked about today was that we showed a lot of tenacity," coach Dunn said. "No matter how far we got down every inning we were trying to get back into the ball game. Zane did a good job of coming in and slowing everything down and really, we had a shot to win the game at the end and that's all you can ask for."
Snake River (5-1) will host Bear Lake next Wednesday for the conference opener. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
SOUTH FREMONT 6, SNAKE RIVER 5
South Fremont 130 200 0 - 6 7 4
Snake River 001 103 0 - 5 4 2
South Fremont hitters: L. Blanchard 2-3, W. Wilder 2-4 2RBI, K. Hammond 1-3 2R. pitching: Z. Trost 4IP 2R 2ER 4H 3K 1BB 1HP, W. Sommers 3IP 3R 2ER 0H 1K 4BB 2HP.
Snake River hitters; Kade Harral 1-1 2B R, Nate Martin 1-3 3B RBI, Cole Hrabik 1-4 2B, Wyatt Wray 1-3 RBI. pitching: Kade Keller 2IP 4R 4ER 5H 4K 0BB 3HP, Zane Stephenson 5IP 2R 0ER 3H 9K 0BB 2HP.