Broncos late inning magic runs out as Pocatello earns doubleheader sweep
BLACKFOOT — After battling back to tie the second game of their doubleheader with the Pocatello Rebels on Tuesday at Blackfoot High School, the Broncos needed to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to avoid a sweep.
But after getting one run on an sacrifice fly by Kyle Scott, the Broncos were unable to get the tying run across as they stranded the tying and winning runs on base to end the game.
Pocatello earned the doubleheader sweep with a pair of late rallies wining game one 8-4 and game two 8-7.
The Broncos found themselves behind the eight ball right from the get go in game two as the Rebels were able to score five first inning runs to control of the game.
Starter Alx Martinez was able to rally himself and held the Rebels to just one run over the next six innings and that was a fifth inning single by Connor Atkinson.
Blackfoot chipped away.
The Broncos got a run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Lindsay, another in the second on an RBI single from Scott, but it was the fourth where they tied the game up.
After a pair of singles to start the inning, Scott singled home Brady Trappett for the Broncos first tally of the inning.
After getting another run across on a wild pitch, Dallin Fairchild had a swinging bunt that was able to score Cade Adakai from second base.
Pocatello retook the lead in the top of the fifth, but as they normally do walks sparked the Broncos seventh inning rally.
A pair of walks to Brady Pearson and Trappett started the inning. After an out and another walk Scott came up and hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Pearson and tie the game.
Blackfoot replaces Martinez with Shad Lewis who had not pitched in a game in seven years for the eighth inning.
Lewis retired the first hitter he saw, but then the wheels fell off as the Rebels were able to get a pair of runs across to earn the win.
In game one the two teams battled to a 4-4 tie through six innings, but in the seventh the Rebels strung together five hits in the top of the seventh, plating five runs and sending 10 batters to the plate.
Blackfoot again tried to rally but after Pearson was hit to start the bottom of the seventh he was stander at third to end the game.
Scott went 5-for-6 at the plate for the Broncos. Osborn added four hits.
Blackfoot travels to Wood River for a doubleheader today beginning at 4 p.m.
Rebels 8, Blackfoot 4
Rebels 030 000 5 — 8 9 2
Blackfoot 110 020 0 — 3 5 1.
Rebels — Junior Davie, Mason Matkin (5) and Dawson Keller. Blackfoot — Kyle Scott and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Haydon Foltz (Rebels).
Rebels 8, Blackfoot 7
Rebels 500 010 02 — 8 10 3
Blackfoot 110 300 11 — 7 13 2
Rebels — Hunter Roubbidoux, Hunter Williams (4), Dylan Drury (7) and Dawson Keller. Blackfoot — Alx Martinez, Shad Lewis (8) and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Dylan Drury (Rebels)2, Russell Osborn (B).