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RIVERSIDE â€” Snake River got 9 stellar innings of pitching from Erica Ramirez and a towering home run off the bat of Macy Martin as the Lady Panthers picked up a huge 4-3 conference win against Bear Lake on Wednesday evening.
"It was a good win," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "We made a couple of base running errors or we may have been able to win this game in seven innings but I couldn't be happier with the way the girls battled and got the win."
The visiting Lady Bears took drew first blood with a run in the top of the fourth inning but that lead was short lived as senior Macy Martin tied the game up with a lead off home run in the bottom half of the frame on a ball which traveled so far, the umpires had to check it's visa to allow it back into the ball yard.
Each team scored one more run and after seven innings of play the rivals treated their fans to extra innings.
In the top of the eight it looked as if Bear Lake were going to get the upper hand on Snake River as they loaded the bases with no outs.
Ever steady Erica was having none of that nonsense however as she struck out the three hitter, induced a ground ball to short stop that Chelsey Martin coolly fielded and then cut down the runner at the plate and with the third out of the inning, Cassie Albertson made a slick grab of a humpback line drive at second base allowing the Lady Panthers to escape the inning unscathed.
"That was huge," Coach Martin said. "To come out and make the plays that we needed to make with bases loaded and nobody out shows us that we know that we can play when the pressure is on."
The Lady Panthers faced even more pressure in the bottom of the ninth inning as they found themselves trailing on the scoreboard 3-2. With Albertson standing on second base Ramirez helped her own cause with a ground rule double down the left field line to tie the score at 3-3. Kara Polatis followed with a single and two pitches later, Katie Ogden scored the winning run with a base knock to the left-center field gap for the 4-3 victory.
"The girls are happy and I'm happy," Coach Martin said.
Snake River (10-5, 2-1) will travel to Shelley on Friday for a county clash with the Lady Russets beginning at 4 P.M.
SNAKE RIVER 4, BEAR LAKE 3 (9 innings)
Bear Lake 000 100 101 - 3 6 0
Snake River 000 101 002 - 4 10 0
Bear Lake - Hillier 2-5 2R, Koster 2-3 (2)2B, Lutz 1-4; pitching - Lutz (L) 8 2/3IP 4R 10H 10K 3BB 1HP
Snake River - M. Martin 2-3 HR 2R, Ramirez 1-4 2B, Albertson 1-4 R, R. Martin 1-4; pitching - Ramirez (W) 9IP 3R 6H 9K 1BB