BLACKFOOT — It was a mixed day on the diamond for the Blackfoot softball squad on Thursday as they started out like gangbusters for a 8-7 first game win before fizzling out in game two for an 8-2 loss against fifth district foe Pocatello.
"I feel like we played a great six innings of softball today," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "From then on I don't feel very comfortable with what I saw. I just think that we need to develop more of a killer instinct because we let Pocatello back in it today."
Pocatello took a 1-0 lead after one inning of play in the opener before Blackfoot responded with a 4 run third inning to take the 4-1 lead. Blackfoot showed great patience at the plate in the frame as they worked the count in their favor for a trio of walks which set the table for Jamie Hosley and Mariya Castaneda with each of the seniors cashing in the opportunity for RBI singles and the lead.
Pocatello cut into the lead with a 2 run homer in the top of the fourth inning but Blackfoot was equal to the task in the home half of the inning as Brielle Brower came around to score on a massive 2 run dinger off the bat of Jessica Capson.
Blackfoot added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tylie Polatis drove Mattison Chavez home with a sacrifice fly to left field and Karissa Jensen plated Ally Smith with an RBI ground out for an 8-3 lead.
That cushion proved to be much needed as Pocatello rallied for 4 runs in the top of the seventh inning to close the gap to a single run.
"I thought that Makayla (Rowsell) and Jessica (Capson) both pitched really well but we need to do a much better job of helping them out defensively," Coach Chavez said.
To be sure, defensive miscues certainly made life difficult for the Broncos as they combined to commit 8 errors between the two contests.
Pocatello took advantage of those gaffs as the rebounded for the 8-2 win in game two.
"You have to hand it to them, they are a good team but I think that our girls could have shown a lot more patience than we showed today," Coach Chavez said. "We told them coming in that they had a good pitcher and that she had a good curve ball and a good rise ball. She will walk you though and I think that we could have done a better job laying off of those pitches. That's not the thing that bothers me most though. If we want to be champions we have to have better attitudes. If we get down, we have to have that attitude that we are going to fight for the entire seven innings and not hang our heads."
Blackfoot (6-2, 4-0) will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Skyline for a double header beginning a 4 P.M.
BLACKFOOT 8, POCATELLO 7
Pocatello 100 200 4 - 7 7 1
Blackfoot 004 202 x - 8 8 3
Pocatello - Hewatt 1-4 R, Slatten 304 2R 2RBI, Kordopatis 2-4 HR 2RBI, Carter 1-3 R; pitching - Nalley (L) 6IP 8R 8H 8K 7BB 1HP
Blackfoot - Brower 1-4 R, Capson 1-3 HR 2RBI, Chavez 3-3 2R, Horsley 1-4 2RBI, Castaneda 1-3; pitching - Rowsell (W) 6IP 3R 5H 1K 1BB, Capson 1IP 4R 2H 1K 1BB
POCATELLO 8, BLACKFOOT 2 (six innings darkness)
Pocatello 002 141 - 8 9 1
Blackfoot 000 200 - 2 1 5
Pocatello - Slatten 2-4 R, Kordopatis 2-3 HR 3RBI, Jorgenson 1-3 2B 2RBI, Taylor 2-3 2B 2RBI; pitching - Kordopatis (W) 6IP 2R 1H 6K 8BB
Blackfoot - Chavez 1-3, Capson 0-1 (2)BB R, Smith 0-2 BB R; pitching - Rowsell (L) 5IP 7R 8H 5K 2BB, Capson 1IP 1R 1H 1K 0BB 1HP