BLACKFOOT — In a remake of last Fridays weather cancelation, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos hosted Rigby for what could prove to be a very important conference double header.
Blackfoot found themselves trailing in both ball games on Monday before rallying for a pair of wins 13-12 in game one and 4-3 in game two.
"These girls just respond and work well under pressure," Blackfoot head coach Brenda Whitworth said. "They do a great job of coming from behind and they did it again today. They just never say die."
It looked bleak in the first game as Rigby opened a quick 6-1 lead after two innings of play and despite a 4 run third inning by the Lady Broncos, they still trailed 11-5 entering the bottom of the fifth inning.
That is when the Lady Broncos erupted however as they chased the Rigby starting pitcher from the circle by sending 12 hitters to the plate who scored 8 runs on 7 hits for a 13-11 lead.
"I was very proud of them," coach Whitworth said. "They just have to believe in themselves as much as we believe in them."
Ally Smith, who finished game one with 4 hits led off the frame with a double. Jessica Capson and Caitlyn Cathey each swatted doubles in the uprising and Maraya Castaneda capped the inning with a ringing triple that scored Smith.
For all the offensive prowess displayed in the first game, game two was more of a traditional softball contest.
Jessica Capson got the start in the circle for Blackfoot and the sophomore showed great command and control of the strike zone as she worked a complete game, scattering 6 hits while striking out 10 in the win.
"Jessica was able to strike out their two, three and four hitters to close out that game and to be able to shut them down was great," coach Whitworth said. "Our defense decided to step it up and help out which was nice."
Despite the strong outing, Rigby was able to push across 3 runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead on the Lady Broncos.
Blackfoot has had their share of splits on the season however and on Monday they wanted the sweep desperately. Blackfoot tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and eventually took the lead with a run in the home half of the sixth inning.
Ally Smith manufactured the run with a two-out double and then drew a throw at third base on a steal attempt. The throw eluded the third baseman allowing Smith to score the eventual game winner.
"We needed this sweep, it was our first of the conference season," coach Whitworth said. "I'm very happy. Rigby has a very good program but we have a good program too and we just have to find the heart."
Blackoot (8-8, 4-4) will host Shelley tonight at 4 P.M. The seniors will be honored in between games.
BLACKFOOT 13, RIGBY 12
Rigby 330 411 0 - 12 13 3
Blackfoot 104 080 x - 13 14 5
Rigby hitters - Natalie Quinn 3-4, Cassie Davie 2-4, Abby Dew 2-4, Ally Southhoff 2-4, Randi Andersen 2-4; pitching Jess Parkes (L) 4 2/3 IP 12 R 10ER 12H 1K 4BB 1HP; Macie Miller 1 1/3 IP 1R 1ER 2H 2K
Blackfoot hitters - Caitlyn Cathey 2-3 2B, Ally Smith 4-4 2B, Maraya Castaneda 1-3 3B, Jessica Capson 2-4 (2)2B, Jamie Horsley 2-4; pitching - Makayla Rowsell (W) 7IP 12R 7ER 13H 4K 4BB
BLACKFOOT 4, RIGBY 3
Rigby 003 000 0 - 3 6 2
Blackfoot 100 201 x - 4 13 2
Rigby hitters - Ally Southhoff 1-3 2B, Randi Andersen 3-3 3B; pitching - Macie Miller (L) 6 IP 4R 1ER 6H 3K 2BB
Blackfoot hitters - Ally Smith 2-4 2B, Maraya Castaneda 2-4, Jamie Horsley 2-3, Jessica Capson 3-3; pitching - Jessica Capson (W) 7IP 3R 1ER 6H 10K 3BB