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BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos faced off with a talented Burley Green Sox squad on Friday afternoon and at the end of the day the Broncos emerged with a split for their efforts but dropping game one 12-5 and then rebounding for a solid 7-6 win in the nightcap.
"Burley is a good team, they are undefeated in their district so to get a split with them is pretty good," Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes said.
In the first game Blackfoot succumbed to some shaky defense in the field as the Green Sox took advantage of five Bronco errors.
Blackfoot had their chances in the game as they pounded out 9 hits including triples by Zach Later and Brakkin Leavitt but in the end the Broncos stranded far too many base runners as the two out hit just didn't materialize for the men in green.
"We just gave them to many outs in that first game and you can't do that if you want to compete," coach Katseanes said.
In game two Blackfoot got a good job on the hill between a pair of different hurlers with Jeremy Johnson opening the game and Brady Trappett picking up the win for his four innings of work on the bump.
"Jeremy did a good job for us closing out the first game and then working the first three innings of the second game," coach Katseanes said. "Mitch [Mansanarez] decided to bring in Brady and Brady did exactly what we wanted him to do. He threw strikes and kept Burley off balance and he got quite a few pop ups on them."
Indeed, Trappett was on his game, working the corners to near perfection as the Burley batters mustered just two hits over the final four innings off of the left hander.
At the dish Blackfoot erupted for 4 runs in the home half of the fourth inning to take a lead that they never relinquished.
Justin Mathie started the rally with a one out single, stole second base and then advanced to third courtesy of a fielding miscue by the Green Sox short stop.
After a pop up for the second out in the inning, Cody Evans then laced a two-out, two-RBI single. Evans quickly stole second base and then trotted home when Brakkin Leavitt laced an RBI double down the right field line.
"I don't know how many bases we stole today but I know that it was a bunch which was a big key for us. It seemed to keep the pressure on their defense and we were able to get a lot of base runners into scoring position because of it," Katseanes said.
Burley threatened a comeback in the top of the seventh inning as Blackfoot committed a pair of fielding errors in the frame but a tapper back to the mound, followed by a pop up to first baseman Colby Pearson ended the threat as Blackfoot salvaged a split of the day.
Blackfoot has a big week ahead as they close out the regular season with 8 games beginning with a pair of games against Canyon Ridge on Monday beginning at 4 P.M.
Burley 314 012 1 - 12 11 2
Blackfoot 200 000 3 - 5 9 5
Bronco hitters: Brakkin Leavitt 2-4 3B, Zach Later 1-3 3B, Cole Mansanarez 2-4, Justin Mathie 2-4
Burley 022 000 2 - 6 7 3
Blackfoot 020 410 x - 7 7 4
Bronco hitters: Brakkin Leavitt 2-4 2B, Justin Mathie 2-3, Cody Evans 1-4 2RBI; pitching - Jeremy Johnson 3IP 4R 1ER 5H 4K 2BB 1HP, Brady Trappett 4IP 2R 0ER 2H 1K 1BB