Russets double up Redskins to open district play
SHELLEY — Prior to Tuesday District 6 opener with Teton, Shelley head coach Trent Armstrong reminded his team of the goal they had set for the themselves for the next few weeks.
Go through district play 6-0.
The Russets knew that the visiting Redskins were going to be tough. They also had to deal with Mother Nature who threw 30-plus mph winds and even a little rain at both schools.
But Shelley got a a solid start from Tyler Bean and six RBI hits to earn a 6-3 win over Teton at Shelley High School.
All the talk in the dugout the prior to first pitch was that with the wind the Russets need to be aggressive at the plate and talk in the field as the wind was going to make fielding balls difficult.
Russets shortstop Kaden Schmitt found out on the games first play how tough fielding the ball was going to be.
Teton leadoff hitter Taylor Peterson hit a sky high pop up to the vicinity of shortstop, Schmitt had to move under the ball and reach dup and made the catch while his hat blew off his head and into left field.
Schmitt made the final out of the inning when he ran a foul pop up down in foul territory.
While those two outs were difficult, the weather did not play much of a factor in the game as Bean kept the Redskins off guard during his six innings on the mound.
Bean scattered four hits and three runs all while striking out 10 Redskins batters during his outing.
The Shelley offense went right to work getting Bean runs in the bottom of the opening inning.
Josh Peterson singled and stole second, then moved to third on a throwing error by Jones.
Schmitt drove Peterson home with a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Russets a 1-0 lead.
After Teton tied the game in the top of the second, Cole Johnson singled to lead off the bottom of the second.
Jason Burton came in to run for Johnson and promptly stole second and came around to score on an RBI infield single from Hunter Carter.
Johnson added the Russets third run with an RBI single in the third. Bt it was the fourth where the Russets gave themselves some breathing room.
After a single, strikeout and fielder's choice to start the inning, Braxton Smith hit a slow roller towards third base.
Teton third baseman Kolton Bleggi charged the ball, but Smith beat the throw allowing Carter to score.
With runners on second and third after Smith stole second, Peterson ripped a double to left center driving in Zack Leal and Smith to give Shelley a 6-2 lead.
Teton added a run in the fifth, before Peterson closed out the game in the seventh.
Peterson led the Russets at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Smith and Johnson each added two hits and an RBI each.
Shelley hosts Sugar-Salem on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Shelley 6, Teton 3
Teton 010 110 0 — 3 4 3
Shelley 111 300 x — 6 9 2
Teton — Cole McCallum, Jaxon Reiley (5) and Anthony Jones. Shelley — Tyler Bean, Josh Peterson (7) and Cole Johnson. 2B — Josh Peterson (SHS).