Lady Broncos take two from Lady Panthers
Madison Chavez slides into third base ahead of the tag by Chelsee Vail during the first game of the Broncos double header sweep of the Panthers.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot and Snake River got together on Wednesday afternoon for a double dip on the softball field in a reschedule of the games that were snowed out on Tuesday.
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Playing for their first games of the season, Blackfoot was able to get the better of the twin bill by sweeping their cross river rivals 5-1 and 12-4.
"I was so proud of them today, I really couldn't have asked for more," Blackfoot head coach Brenda Whitworth said. "To come out and get the win with a pretty good showing in the first game and then come out a little bit shaky in the second game but they didn't give up. No matter how far they got behind they knew that they had no intention of letting anybody come into our house and dictate what we were going to do and they show more maturity than I could have ever asked for today."
Both games were close throughout the day save for one big inning in each contest.
In game one, Blackfoot and Snake River were tied heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Emily Lish opened the frame with a line drive single to right. Back-to-back bunt singles by Caitlyn Cathey and Brielle Brower loaded the bases for freshman Madison Chavez. Chavez knew just what to do in the situation as she cleared the bases with a frozen rope double to left field. Chavez then scored on a RBI single by Ali Smith to give Blackfoot the 5-1 final.
"Madison is a heck of a player and I wish that I could take credit for it but that kid has lived and breathed the game since birth," coach Whitworth said. "She loves this. She will go from our practice to taking ground balls with her dad, to the gym to run on the treadmill and after finding time to sleep somewhere she gets back up ready to do it all over again. She loves the game, she really does."
Chavez wasn't done with her heroics however as she swatted a pair of doubles in the nightcap.
That said, Snake River was dealing in the second game, eventually building a 4-1 lead with on the home standing Broncos, courtesy of some timely hitting by Courtney Steinbaugh and Bailey Simper who each had big hits in the second game.
Chelsee Vail got the nod in the circle for the Panthers and the crafty senior had the Blackfoot hitters off balance for a large portion of the game as she used her change up to confound the Broncos.
Blackfoot eventually figured it out however, as they erupted for 9 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sophomore Jessica Capson, who got her first varsity pitching start, helped her own cause with a lead off double in the frame. Ali Smith and Jaime Horsley also swatted doubles for the Broncos.
"We seem to have one tough inning in each game," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "We need to make the fundamental plays, bear down and learn to play a whole game. We are a little inexperienced to be sure but we still need to make the routine fundamental plays and if we did that today, it would have been a pair of good ball games but we will keep trying."
Both teams will return to action today with Snake River (1-2) hosting Soda Springs at 4 for a single game while Blackfoot (1-0) will host Preston for a double-header that was rescheduled from an earlier season rain out.