Snake River scores 19 runs in win over South Fremont
THOMAS — It wasn't the prettiest game the Snake River Panther had played so far on the young season, but with blustery weather and it being the teams third game since Tuesday, head coach Rich Dunn knew his team would have some issues.
After struggling for the first three innings the Panther trailed by one entering the fifth.
Brad Coombs hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the fifth and Snake River exploded for 10 runs in the sixth to win the game 19-9 in six innings Friday afternoon.
Before the Panthers took to the batters box in the bottom of the sixth Dunn told his team that if the first runner reaches base, the next hitter would bunt.
Bunting was not something the Panthers had done well for most of the game.
Klay Keller led off the sixth with a walk. Kade Keller followed and was supposed to lay down a bunt on the next two pitches, but he unable to do so and found himself in a 1-2 hole.
Undaunted he laced a single to left field to runners on first and second.
Damon Dance bunted a ball out to the pitcher who fired a throw towards third base, but the throw went into left field allowing Keller to score.
That opened the flood gates for the Panthers.
"Hey guys, it all started with a bunt," Dunn said of the sixth inning rally. "I know you guys don't like to bunt, but it is good baseball."
Wyatt Vogler followed with a sacrifice fly and made Harral ripped a two-RBI single to center.
The innings big blow was a two-run home run by Coombs over the centerfield fence.
After a bases loaded walk to Kade Keller, Dance ended the game with a bases clearing triple to give the Panthers the 10 run victory.
"Defensively we had one or two innings war we let things get away," Dunn said. "But our approach to the game was fantastic. We need to clean some things up and it was cold and dark and the pitching was not great, but as ugly as it was we did not quit."
Cole Hrabik took to the mound to start the game and play in his first game since breaking his wrist earlier this year.
With the Panthers still having one game left to play this week, Dunn was looking for innings wherever he could get them.
Hrabik did not look spectacular, but he gave the Panthers a little over an inning of work.
"Look we did not even know if Cole was going to be able to pitch," Dunn said. "He just got pins out of his wrist and cleared to throw and all we want was for him to give us 40 pitches and he did a great job for a guy who has not picked up a baseball much at all this season."
Coombs picked up the win for his three innings of relief.
Miller, Vogler and Harral each had two hits to pace the offense for the Panthers.
Snake River (4-1) travels to Soda Springs today for a game that begins at 1 p.m.
Snake River 19, South Fremont 9, 6 inn
South Fremont 243 000 — 9 5 3
Snake River 431 0110 — 19 12 2
South Fremont — Erickson, Gonzalez (3), Olsen (6) and Wilder. Snake River — Cole Hrabik, Sean Miller (2), Brad Coombs (3) and Kade Harral. 2B — Wilder (SF), Kade Harral (SR). 3B — Damon Dance (SR). HR — Brad Coombs (SR).