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BLACKFOOT â€” The traditional Blackfoot-Snake River rivalry was renewed on Wednesday afternoon as the Broncos and the Panthers squared off on the diamond for a good old fashioned baseball game at Blackfoot High School.
At the end of the day, Blackfoot emerged triumphant with a 11-5 victory as they begin the season by winning the debut for new head coach Kenny Dahle.
"We are just excited to be outside," coach Dahle said. "We were out here at 9 A.M. breaking up ice and frozen diamond dust down the third base line and we are just excited to get the season started."
Freshman Russel Osbourne got the nod on the hill for the Broncos and the newbie showed everyone in attendance why he made the varsity squad at such a young age.
Osbourne displayed good control all day long, as he worked 5 innings in the win, allowing just 4 hits along the way.
"I was really excited with what we saw from Russet today," coach Dahle said. "With what I saw today, I think that it is going to be a good year."
Blackfoot got off to a great start in the home half of the first inning as they cashed in a trio of runs in the frame, the big blow coming from Brakkin Leavitt who crushed a RBI double to left center field.
"We played pretty good today but Blackfoot came out and hit the ball real hard," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "Blackfoot is a good team and this was a good game for us. I'm disappointed that we lost but we can take a lot from this loss. It was good for us to play Blackfoot and I hope that this becomes a regular occurrence."
Snake River struck back in the top of the third inning as they tallied 3 runs in the frame. Cash Cardona and Candon Watt each had big hits in the inning for the Panthers.
Blackfoot retook the lead in the home half of the third inning as Leavitt, Cole Mansaneraz and Beau Hoskins each picked up singles in a frame that Blackfoot tallied a pair of runs in.
"I'm proud of the kids and they way that they played today," coach Dahle said. "I asked them to play small ball today by bunting and executing the hit and run and they all stepped up and did the job."
Blackfoot then played add on baseball with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and a three spot in the sixth to earn the victory.
Shawn Whitehead had a big drive in the sixth inning uprising as he stroked a triple to left field for the Broncos.
Both teams will be back in action today with Snake River (1-2) hosting Soda Springs at 4 and Blackfoot (1-0) traveling to Melalueca Field for a game with conference foe Bonneville at 4 P.M.