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THOMAS â€” The Snake River Panther baseball squad closed out the regular home schedule on Tuesday afternoon as they made short work of conference rival Marsh Valley with a five inning, 14-4 romp over the Eagles.
"I'm happy with the way that we are swinging the bats," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "We just need to keep our heads on straight, go over to Bear Lake on Thursday and take care of business."
There was a lot to be happy with on the offensive end of the Panthers as they pounded out 14 hits during the five inning affair with five of those of the extra base variety. All told, eight of the starting nine collected hits with five of those players picking up multi hit ball games for their efforts.
The hit parade started early as the Panthers tallied four runs on four hits in the opening inning. Adrian Castaneda kick started the inning with a base on balls, scoring moments later on a Zane Stephenson RBI double to the left centerfield gap.
Bret Parkinson followed with an RBI double of his own and later scored when Cash Cardona ripped a 2 out RBI double.
"We did a good job of staying aggressive at the plate today," Coach Carter said. "A game like this will help us build and move forward for districts."
The Panther bats rolled for three more runs in the home half of the third inning, the big blow a triple off the bat of Nate Martin and an RBI single by Wyatt Wray who finished the day with three hits out of the nine hole.
Four more runs in the bottom of the fourth as Cole Rushton swatted a 2-out, 2RBI double and then three more runs in the bottom of the fifth put the finishing touches on the win.
With more than enough offense, the Panthers turned the ball to a pair of pitchers on Tuesday with Shane Parkinson working the first three innings before turning the ball over to Zane Stephenson in relief.
Parkinson scattered 3 hits and struck out 3 Eagles while allowing a lone run in the top of the first while Stephenson allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 in his time on the bump.
"Both Shane and Zane threw the ball well today," Coach Carter said. "We didn't want to extend anyone too far today and we will have all of our arms fresh and ready for Thursday."
Snake River (12-5, 5-0) will travel to Bear Lake on Thursday for a key conference match up with the Bears. With a win, Snake River will win the regular season and with it the top seed in the district tournament which will begin on Monday at American Falls.
SNAKE RIVER 14, MARSH VALLEY 4 (5 innings)
Marsh Valley 100 03 - 4 6 5
Snake River 403 43 - 14 14 3
Marsh Valley - May 1-2 R, Bowers 2-3 RBI, Packer 1-2 2B; pitching - Packer (L) 2 2/3IP 7R 8H 1K 1BB, Rowe 2 1/3IP 7R 6H 2K 3BB
Snake River - Zane Stephenson 1-4 2B, Bret Parkinson 2-4 2B, Travis Robertson 2-3 2RBI, Nate Martin 1-3 3B, Shane Parkinson 2-3, Cash Cardona 2-4 2B 2RBI, Cole Rushton 1-4 2B 2RBI, Wyatt Wray 3-4 2RBI; pitching - Shane Parkinson (W) 3IP 1R 3H 3K 0BB, Zane Stephenson 2IP 3R 3H 3K 1BB