Eighth inning blunders sting Broncos
BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Broncos opened their conference slate on Wednesday afternoon as they welcomed the Bonneville Bees to town for the first game in the home and home series.
A disappointing top of the second inning as the Bronco defense made an uncharacteristic 4 errors in the frame led to 7 Bonneville runs and as it turned out, the first run was all the Bees needed as they left Blackfoot with an 8-0 victory.
"That inning just kind of took the wind out of our sails," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "I really think that after that one bad inning that we outplayed them the rest of the way. Getting down by that many runs early really put us back on our heels, especially at the plate where I think that we lost a little confidence."
With the big cushion, Bonneville starting pitcher Kohl Hostert was able to sit back in the rocking chair as he threw strike after strike, holding the Bronco bats to just five hits on the afternoon in the shutout.
It wasn't as if Hostert was completely dominant however as he struck out just three Broncos hitters but seemingly every ball that the Broncos put into play were either right at the defender or a friendly hop bounced the Bee's way.
Of course, Bonneville took advantage of every one of those as they were never seriously threatened by the Bronco offense with the best scoring opportunity wiped out in the bottom of the fifth inning when Colton Fairchild drilled a line drive into the third baseman's glove where he made a quick toss to second for the double play, thus erasing the Bronco threat.
"I don't know, whenever we hear the word Bonneville or Hillcrest we seem to come out with nerves," Coach Dahle said. "We will need to forget about this and come out tomorrow ready to play."
Russell Osborn and Jeremy Johnson combined on the hill for the Broncos where they did more than their part by allowing just 2 earned runs between them, but in the end five Bronco errors were simply too much to overcome.
"Russell did what we wanted him to do and that was throw ground balls," Coach Dahle said. "I thought that Jeremy came in and threw a gem. He was able to throw strikes and kept them off the scoreboard for the rest of the game. We just didn't hit the ball very well. Hats off to Bonneville. They are a well coached team and they are a really good team."
Blackfoot will get another crack at them today when they complete the home and home series with a four o'clock game at Melaleuca Field.
BONNEVILLE 8, BLACKFOOT 0
Bonneville 070 001 0 - 8 12 1
Blackfoot 000 000 0 - 0 5 5
Bonneville - Jake Holcomb 2-5 RBI, Jaxson Bird 2-4 2RBI, Brady Kowitz 2-3 2B, Tyson Craig 2-3 2B 2RBI; pitching - Kohl Hostert (W) 7IP 0R 0ER 5H 3K 0BB 1HP
Blackfoot - Cody Evans 1-3, Colby Pearson 1-3, Russell Osborn 1-3, Jaron Katseanes 1-2; pitching - Russell Osborn (L) 3IP 7R 1ER 8H 3K 3BB, Jeremy Johnson 4IP 1R 1ER 4H 0K 1BB