Pearson no hits Russets in 14-0 win
SHELLEY — Colby Pearson threw a no hitter on Friday afternoon and the Blackfoot Broncos erupted for 14 runs in support of the pitching gem as the broncos downed the Shelley Russets 14-0 in six innings.
"In Thursday nights game Colby wanted the ball and today he came out focused and ready to go which I knew he would," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "He is such a competitor and to be one pitch away from a perfect game and to throw a no hitter is hard to do on any level so hats off to him."
For five innings it was a classic pitchers duel as Shelley's Kaden Schmitt wasn't exactly chopped liver on the mound as he held the Broncos to 4 runs on just three hits over the first five innings of play.
The roof collapsed on that effort in the sixth inning however as Blackfoot salted the game away with a 10 run inning against the Russets.
"It took awhile to get our sticks going but I felt in the fifth inning that we were starting to make pretty good contact on the ball," Coach Dahle said. "Then in the sixth inning we showed good patience and hit the ball real hard on some really good swings."
Justin Mathie ignited the outburst with a single which was followed by a Shawn Whitehead base on balls. RBI singles by Jeremy Leavitt and Zach Later stretched the Bronco lead to 6-0 before the Russets aided to their jam with a throwing error to chase Schmitt from the game.
Things eventually went from bad to worse from there as Blackfoot played add on with a pair of base on balls, three hit batsmen and a line drive 2RBI double by Later for the 14-0 lead.
With the game in their hip pocket, the only drama left was if Shelley could break up the no hitter or not and Pearson was equal to that task as he struck out the first two hitters in the bottom of the sixth inning and as Russel Osborn made a clean pick and throw on a ground ball to short, Pearson pumped his fist with the no hit victory.
"I felt good tonight and was able to hit my spots," Pearson said. "My defense was able to make all the plays behind me."
With the win Blackfoot evens their conference record at 4-4 and are 10-9 over all on the season while Shelley falls to 4-11 and 1-7 in conference play.
"Honestly we just come out more focused when we play on away games," Coach Dahle said. "I guess the bus rides give us an opportunity to just clear our minds and focus on the game."
Both Blackfoot and Shelley will hit the road for their next ball games on Tuesday when the Broncos travel to Rigby and the Russets will travel to conference leading Bonneville.
BLACKFOOT 14, SHELLEY 0 (6 innings)
Blackfoot 210 01(10) - 14 9 0
Shelley 000 000 - 0 0 3
Blackfoot - Zach Later 2-4 2B 3R 3RBI, Cole Mansanarez 3-3 2RBI, Justin Mathie 1-2 2R, Shawn Whitehead 1-3 3R; pitching - Colby Pearson (W) 6IP 0R 0H 11K 0BB 1HP.
Shelley - pitching - Kaden Schmitt (L) 5 1/3IP 8R 6H 4K 4BB, Trevin Swensen 1/3IP 4R 1H 0K 2BB 1HP, Josh Peterson 1/3IP 2R 2H 0K 2HP