BLACKFOOT â€” Coming off of an eight day lay off due to Spring Break the Blackfoot Broncos returned to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for a double dip against 5A Skyline.
At the end of the day, the two teams split the twin bill with Blackfoot winning game one 3-1 and Skyline downing the Broncos 10-3 in the nightcap.
"We came out focused in game one and for whatever reason we lost that focus in game two and momentum shifted to their dugout," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "Like I told the guys, if we keep our focus in game two and eliminated that one big inning it is a 4-3 ballgame and anything could have happened."
Russel Osborn got the call on the bump for the Broncos in game one and the talented right hander turned in arguably his best performance of the season as he scattered 6 hits over 7 innings while striking out 8 in the complete game victory.
"Coming off of the break I really thought that we would get about five innings out of Russ, but he was really good today, threw strikes and did a great job," Coach Dahle said.
Osborn was able to wriggle free from a pair of jams in the ball game as the left the bases full of Grizzlies in both the fifth and seventh innings.
"It was good to get back at it," Osborn said. "I felt pretty good. I was just trying to throw strikes and get ahead. My change up was working and I was able to locate my fastball. We played well, I just think that we could have hit the ball a little better."
Offensively the Broncos got all they needed with a three run fourth inning. Zach Later kick started the inning with a solid single which was followed by a Cole Mansanarez single. An Osborn walk loaded the bases and one bater later Jaron Katseanes cashed in a run with an RBI single to right.
Colton Fairchild then ripped a shot that the Skyline third baseman was able to knock down but an errant throw at the plate allowed two runs to score, giving the Broncos the 3-0 lead.
With the win in their back pocket, the Broncos took the field in game two looking for the afternoon sweep but unfortunately, a seven error ball game thwarted that attempt as Skyline took advantage of the uncharacteristic miscues in the seven run victory.
"We're excited to get the season going again," Coach Dahle said. "We have conference games coming up and it was good to come out today and knock the rust off and get ourselves on a roll for districts."
Blackfoot (6-4, 0-2) will hit the road for a double header at Idaho Falls on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 4 P.M.
BLACKFOOT 3, SKYLINE 1
Skyline 000 010 0 - 1 6 2
Blackfoot 000 300 x - 3 6 1
Skyline - Rovig 1-3 R, Hill 2-4 RBI, Madrigal 2-3; pitching - Tingey (L) 4IP 3R 5H 3K 2BB, Carroll 2IP 0R 2H 0K 0BB
Blackfoot - Later 2-3 R, C. Mansanarez 2-3 R, Mathie 1-3, Katseanes 1-2 RBI, Averett 1-2; pitching - Osborn (W) 7IP 1R 6H 8K 2BB 1HP.
SKYLINE 10, Blackfoot 3
Skyline 013 051 0 - 10 6 0
Blackfoot 000 300 0 - 3 8 7
Skyline - Hill 1-3 2R, Hillebrandt 1-3 R, Martin 2-3 2R, Mitchell 1-4 RBI, Madrigal 1-3 2RBI; pitching - Carroll (W) 4IP 3R 7H 3K 1BB 2WP; Martin 3IP 0R 1H 2K 2BB.
Blackfoot - Evans 1-3, Later 2-3, Mathie 1-4 R, Fairchild 1-3 R, Leavitt 1-3 R, Johnson 1-2 RBI, C. Mansanarez 1-3; pitching - Johnson (L) 4IP 5R 1H 4K 5BB 1BK, Evans 1IP 4R 4H 0K 0BB 1HP, Katseanes 2IP 1R 1H 0K 2BB 1WP.