THOMAS — The season opener for the Snake River baseball team went about as good as one could have expected on Friday afternoon.
Squaring off with 6th district Teton, the Panthers got solid pitching, even better defense and more than enough hits in a 9-2 win.
"First time out I think that we played good and really it was just good to get out on the field," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "We had some kids make some great defensive plays. Cody Dean made some great plays at third and all in all it was a great way to start."
Jesse Vogler and Shane Parkinson looked like they were in mid-season form on the bump for the Panthers with Vogler getting the win in a 4 inning start that witnessed the senior allowing just 1 hit as he faced the minimum.
Parkinson entered the game in the relief in the top of the fifth and the lanky junior allowed 4 hits in his 3 innings of work.
"Vogler pitched great and part of the runs there in the seventh inning was me because I went out and told Shane to not mess around and throw fast balls and make those guys put the ball in play," coach Carter said. "They ran the bat into a couple and thats what you get I guess, but Shane is a great pitcher so I'm not concerned."
Offensively, the Panthers were ignited by their senior lead off man, Braden Watt who had a fine day at the plate, finishing the day 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a run scored.
Keegan Keller and Jesse Vogler also rapped doubles in the season debut for the Panthers.
The big inning was the bottom of the fourth. Leading 2-0, Keller led off with a double and then scored courtesy of an RBI single by Wyatt Wray. Watt then scored Wray with an RBI double and traded places with Vogler who then swatted an RBI double of his own.
Cody Dean capped the inning off with an RBI single to give the Panthers a commanding lead.
"We've got some guys that can swing it," coach Carter said. "We have some great kids, it's going to be a fun season."
Snake River (1-0) will travel to Malad today for a game with a very talented Dragon squad.
"Malad may be one of the best teams that we will face all year," coach Carter concluded. "We'll have to play good baseball and we'll do it. We'll play them tough."