Panthers pounce on Cougars
THOMAS — Behind a pair of triples and 6 RBI by junior Shane Parkinson, the Snake River Panthers jumped all over South Fremont and then cruised to a 13-7 victory at Snake River High School on Thursday afternoon.
"The kids played good, Shane Parkinson hit the ball hard and we got some good pitching," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "There were a couple of things defensively that we could have done better but all in all it was a good win. You can't feel bad about a win."
After a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning, Snake River rebounded with a 7 spot in the home half of the frame. The Panthers sent 12 batters to the dish during the uprising as they took advantage of 5 walks and a hit batter in the inning. Parkinson had the biggest blow in the inning with a bases loaded triple and a quick 7-2 Panther lead.
"I just went up there with some confidence, got a pitch and I hit it," Parkinson said. "I think that a win like this will build our teams confidence which will lead to us winning more games and hopefully we will do something good at districts."
That was all the run support that starting pitcher Jesse Vogler seemed to need on Thursday as "Scrap" allowed just 4 hits in his 5 innings of work for the win.
"I thought that Jesse threw a good game," coach Carter said. "South Fremont is a good team and it's good to beat a team as good as them."
Snake River added some insurance in the bottom of the third inning. Cash Cardona and Cody Dean each reached base courtesy of a fielding miscue by the Cougars short stop. A walk to Vogler loaded the bases and with 2-outs in the inning, Parkinson raked his second 3RBI triple of the afternoon, this one a line drive shot over the center-fielders head. Keegan Keller drove in Parkinson on the next pitch, pushing the Panther lead to 12-2.
South Fremont was able to battle back for 5 runs over the final three frames of play but in the end, Snake River had more than enough to cover as they improved their record to 3-2 on the young season.
The Panthers return to their home diamond this afternoon when they welcome Sugar-Salem to town for a double-header beginning at 3 P.M.
SNAKE RIVER 13, SOUTH FREMONT 7
South Fremont 200 210 2 - 7 5 6
Snake River 714 010 x - 13 8 4
SOUTH FREMONT – Leading hitters: Austin Fearn 1-2 (2 RBI), Xavy
Miranda 1-4 (2B), Sawyer Miller 1-3, Cole Bauer 1-3. Pitchers: Miranda
(L) .2 IP, 1 K, 4 BB; Miller 2.1 IP, 1 K, 2 BB, Zach Trost 3 IP, 3 K, 1 BB.
SNAKE RIVER – Leading hitters: Shane Parkinson 2-4 (2 3B, 6 RBI), Cody Dean 2-4, Wyatt Wray 2-4. Pitchers: Jesse Vogler (W) 5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 4 BB; Shane Parkinson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB; Cash Cardona 1 IP, 2R, 2ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB.