THOMAS — For the first time this season the Snake River High School baseball team took on someone other Bingham County rival Shelley.
After a big first inning in a victory on Saturday, the Panthers and head coach Rich Dunn were looking to put together their first complete game of the season.
The Panthers jumped out quick with four runs in the first and closed out the game with seven runs in the fifth on the way to a 14-4 five inning win over the visiting Cardinals Tuesday afternoon at Snake River High School.
"It started off with Brad Coombs who did a great job early on pitching in his third game in about six days and even though he wasn't sore, his legs left him, but he was able to power through it," Dunn said. "And Damon Dance did a great job on the bump. Then young kids getting bit hits. Klay Keller and Wyatt Vogler did a great job of putting the ball in play and getting us going."
Coombs got the start for the Panthers against the Cardinals and allowed two earned runs in his there innings of work after getting the save in Saturday's win. And with the Panthers having there more games still this week Dunn needed all the innings he could get from each pitcher that took the mound.
Coombs was staked to a 4-0 lead after one inning as just like a few days before the Panthers offense got going right from the start.
Vogler got the Panthers going with a lead off walk. After a stolen base Kade Harral laced a single to left field driving in Vogler.
Harral's single was the first of four RBI hits by the Panthers in the opening inning.
Coombs, Sean Miller and Klay Keller each had RBI hits in the four-run first.
An error set up the Cardinals with a single run in the second inning to cut their deficit to 5-3 as Coombs began to tire on the mound.
After struggling for the middle three innings, the Panthers needed to get some offense going with the Cardinals clawing their way back into the game.
After the first two hitters of the inning were retired, Tyler Coombs started a string of three consecutive hits to load the bases for older brother Brad.
Coombs battles to a 3-2 count before he ripped a two-RBI single up the middle to drive home Coombs and Vogler.
With a 7-4 lead entering the fifth inning the talk in the Panthers dugout was to score seven runs to end the game. They did just that.
A bases clearing triple by Vogler and a game-ending double by Miller gave the Panthers the victory.
"We are starting to get adjusted to the varsity level," Dunn said. "All game long we had a great approach and got the big hits when we needed them."
Coombs and Vogler each had two hits and three RBI to lead the Panthers. Miller and Keller added two hits and two RBI.
Snake River (2-1) hosts Preston today at 4:30 p.m.
Snake River 14, Soda Springs 4, 5 inn
Soda Springs 012 10 — 4 5 4
Snake River 410 27 — 14 13 2
Soda Springs — Burgin, Matyus (5) and Deno. Snake River — Brad Coombs, Damon Dance (4) and Kade Harral. 2B — Matyus (SS), Burgin (SS), Sean Miller (SR)2, Klay Keller (SR). 3B — Wyatt Vogler (SR).