Pearson’s homer the difference in Broncos 3-2 win over Rigby
BLACKFOOT — It wasn't the prettiest game the Blackfoot Broncos have played all season, it also wasn't the best performance by a pair of umpires either.
But despite some bad calls and the Broncos running themselves out of a few runs, Blackfoot was able to hang on for a 3-2 win over Rigby Thursday at Blackfoot High School.
The difference in the game was a solo home run hit by Taylor Pearson to leadoff the second inning.
After jumping on Rigby in the bottom of the first inning when Tyler Lindsay ripped a two-RBI double to left field driving in Pacen Hayes and Russell Osborn who singled and walked earlier in the inning.
Pearson came to the plate to leadoff the second and took the first pitch he saw from Rigby's Shawn Packard and crushed it over the left field fence for a solo home run.
Little did any of the fans in attendance know this was the last run the Broncos would score in the game.
The Broncos did record six hits over the remainder of the game, but it seemed that every time the Broncos got a rally going some strange play would cause no runs to come across the plate.
In the fifth inning Hayes led off with a double and Lindsay followed with a single putting runners on first and second with no outs.
But on a ground ball hit by Si Hoskins, Hayes was called out as it appeared the t he was tagged out, the entire Broncos dugout erupted in disagreement with the call.
Things would only get weirder.
Shad Lewis who was running for Lindsay was thrown out trying to take second base and Hoskins was thrown out after Sam Wilson grounded out.
The base running mistakes cost the Broncos at least one run.
Dallin Fairchild started the game and pitched himself out of a few jams in each of the first four innings, including getting out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth with a pick off at first base to end the inning.
Fairchild pitched into the fifth inning allowing one run and striking out five Rigby hitters during his 5 1/3 innings.
Pearson came in relief of the Fairchild in the fifth and two batters after he took the mound, Rigby scored its first run of the game on a single by Porter Marley.
The Trojans got their second run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Jeremiah Gilbert.
But with runners on first and second and two outs Pearson got out of the inning with a fly ball to left field.
Another controversial call in the seventh caused Pearson to have to pitch to one more batter in the inning as Tyler Kite was called safe as a throw from Hayes to Brady Trappett at first pulled him off the bag, or at least that's what the umpire thought.
The fans disagreed.
Pearson bounced back and retired the last batter on a pop out to himself to give the Broncos the season sweep of the Trojans.
Lindsay led the Broncos at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double and two-RBI. Hayes added two hits.
The Broncos improved to 5-1 in District 5/6 play with the win.
Blackfoot hosts Snake River for a doubleheader on Saturday. Firth pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Blackfoot 3, Rigby 2
Rigby 000 011 0 — 2 6 2
Blackfoot 210 000 x — 3 9 3
Rigby — Shawn Packard and Walker Brown. Blackfoot — Dallin Fairchild, Taylor Pearson (5) and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Colton Burrows (RHS), Tyler Kite (RHS). Pacen Hayes (BHS), Tyler Lindsay (BHS). HR — Taylor Pearson (BHS).