BLACKFOOT — A day after a road loss at Bonneville, the Blackfoot Broncos returned home, looking for a season split with the Bees.
After an early start time on the diamond and a slow start at the plate, Blackfoot rebounded for a nice 5-3, come from behind victory.
"It really feels good. The boys came out today a little slow to get started but once they did I was really impressed," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said.
Bonneville drew first blood on the Broncos, getting a trio of runs in the first three innings off of starting pitcher Sam Cannon. Cannon settled in however, holding the potent Bonneville bats silent afterwards, thereby giving the offense a chance to chip away at the early deficit.
"Sam came out a struggled a little bit getting going but it was thirty-one degrees outside which was one of my main concerns, the weather," coach Dahle said. "Once he got warmed up though, he settled down and I thought that he threw phenomenal. Just a terrific job. I really couldn't have asked for more."
At the dish, Blackfoot commenced on the comeback trail in the home half of the third inning as Beau Hoskins ripped a lead off single, igniting the offense. Hoskins eventually scored courtesy of an RBI ground out by Trae Pilster.
After a scoreless fourth, Hoskins once again ignited a rally in the fifth inning with a lead off single. Cody Evans followed with a single of his own and Hoskins scored on a RBI single by Pilster, pulling the Broncos to within 1-run.
Colby Pearson then strode to the plate and on a 2-2 pitch, the talented sophomore crushed an inside fast ball over the left field fence, rattling the tennis court with a three run bomb that proved to be the difference.
"It felt good," Pearson said. "He was trying to jam me with an inside fast ball but I was ready. I was just trying to keep the ball in play and help my team out but I got a good swing on the ball and it went out."
With the lead, Blackfoot then turned the ball over to Pilster to close out the contest and the righty did just that, working the last two innings in scoreless fashion as Blackfoot evened their conference record with the win.
"I think that our nerves just settled down and they guys just sort of settled into the game," coach Dahle said. "In the big inning the guys knew what they had to do and they came out and did it. This was a huge win, Bonneville is a good team and we will be battling with them for the conference title so it was huge to get a win against them, especially on our home field which is what we have talked about, taking care of home field, especially in conference play."
Blackfoot (2-1, 1-1) will be off for Spring break, returning to the diamond on April 5, when they host Rigby for another High Country Conference tussle.
BLACKFOOT 5, BONNEVILLE 3
Bonneville 102 000 0 - 3 8 0
Blackfoot 001 040 x - 5 8 0
Blackfoot - leading hitters: Colby Pearson 2-3 (HR), Beau Hoskins 2-3
Pitchers: Sam Cannon (W) 5IP 3R, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 6K; Trae Pilster 2IP, 0R, 0ER, 1H, 1K