BLACKFOOT — A trio of Blackfoot seniors took to the home diamond for the final regular season game on Tuesday afternoon as Darryl Pokibro, Emily Lish and Caitlyn Cathey graced the Blackfoot faithful for their farewell performance.
Facing off with Bingham County rival Shelley, the seniors played their part as they swept the double header 21-11 in game one and 18-8 in game two.
"I told the girls that I wouldn't accept anything less than to win our last four home games and they did that," Blackfoot head coach Brenda Whitworth said. "Not only did they win, they did so with authority and that's exactly what I needed them to do and it was exactly what they wanted to do."
The games featured a plethora of hitting with several players swinging the big bat for the two High Country Conference teams.
Blackfoot was led by junior Ally Smith on the day as she simply was in the zone Tuesday, finishing the day a perfect 9 for 9 at the plate with 4 doubles, a home run and 10 RBI for her efforts.
Miraya Castaneda also had a fine afternoon at the plate as the junior finished 5 for 7 with a pair of doubles and a triple in the winning effort.
Of course the seniors played their part on their special day with Caitlyn Cathey doing what she does best by reeking havoc on the base paths from the lead off spot. Cathey finished the day with 5 hits, 2 base on balls, a half dozen steals, 7 runs scored and a high light reel diving catch in center field to rob a Lady Russet of a hit. Fellow senior Emily Lish also added a pair of doubles on the afternoon and Darryl Pokibro pitched in with a run scored and the game clinching RBI to end the first game.
"Ally, Caitlyn, Jess are all just hitting the ball well," coach Whitworth said. "We don't have a weak spot in the line up. I giggle when I hear opposing coaches say 7-8-9 here we go because my 7-8-9 can all put the ball to the fence, just like my 3-4-5 hitters can. It's nice because we are strong 1 through 9."
Not to be outdone, Shelley had some power hitters of their own on Tuesday, led by Tallie Schmitt who collected a fourth inning home run in the first game and then capped her 4 hit day with a RBI double in fifth inning of the second game.
Jessalyn Hobbs also collected 4 hits between the two games while Kayla Settle, Sheila Alderson and Shelby Chapple each collected doubles on the afternoon.
"Today we actually played better than we have in the last couple of games," Shelley head coach Chris Fleming said. "We hit the ball pretty well but we still need to make a couple of plays in the field for us to be successful. We were able to gain some confidence back today on a couple of things that we were struggling with in the last couple of games so that was good."
The same two teams will return to the Blackfoot diamond on Saturday morning when they face off with each other in the first round of the district tournament. The winner will advance into the four team tournament while the loser will be done for the season. First pitch is scheduled for 11 A.M.
BLACKFOOT 21, SHELLEY 11
Shelley 011 441 - 11 13 5
Blackfoot 433 173 - 21 19 5
Shelley hitters - Tallie Schmitt 2-5 HR 3RBI, Shelby Chapple 2-3 2B, Sheila Alderson 3-4 2B; pitching - Jessalyn Hobbs (L) 5 1/3 IP 21R 9ER 19H 2K 5BB 1HP
Blackfoot hitters - Tylie Polatis 3-5 2B 3RBI, Ally Smith 5-5 (2)2B 3RBI, Miraya Castaneda 4-5 (2)2B, Jamie Horsley 2-5 2B; pitching - Makayla Rowsell (W) 6IP 11R 4ER 13H 7K 3BB 1HP
BLACKFOOT 18, SHELLEY 8
Shelley 050 12 - 8 8 1
Blackfoot 554 31 - 18 15 2
Shelley hitters - Tallie Schmitt 1-4 2B, Kayla Settle 1-4 2B, Jessalyn Hobbs 3-3; pitching - Jessalyn Hobbs (L) 4 1/3 IP 18R 16ER 15H 0K 7BB 1HP
Blackfoot hitters - Caitlyn Cathey 3-4 2B 4R, Jessica Capson 1-2 2B, Miraya Castaneda 1-2 3B, Ally Smith 4-4 HR (2)2B 7RBI, Emily Lish 2-3 (2)2B; pitching - Jessica Capson (W) 5IP 8R 6ER 8H 5K 5BB