BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Broncos and the Bonneville Bees combined for 46 runs, 49 hits and well over five hours of baseball on Tuesday evening and at the end of the marathon day on the diamond, the two teams split the double header, with Bonneville winning 9-7 in game one and Blackfoot rebounding for a 19-11 win in the nightcap.
"Whenever you see Bonneville on the schedule it just sort of amps everything up," Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes said. "To pick up a split is huge. Both teams are very good and I have to say, I like the way that our team are playing."
Blackfoot trailed 9-6 heading into the final inning of game one when they rallied, scoring a run and then placed the tying run on second base before Bonneville induced the final out for the two run victory.
The offensive explosion was just beginning however as the teams pounded the ball in the second game right from the opening inning.
Bonneville struck first with a lone run in the top of the first and Blackfoot responded with a three run home half of the frame for the 3-1 advantage. Colby Pearson had the biggest blow in the inning when he roped a line drive into left field which hopped over the fielder leading to an inside the park home run.
Both teams tallied one run apiece in a relatively sedated second inning before Bonneville erupted for an 8 run third inning for a 10-4 lead.
Blackfoot answered back with a three run outburst in the bottom of the inning as Tyler Lindsey drove in two of his four RBI on the evening to pull the Broncos to within striking distance at 10-7.
"Tyler has been smoking hot lately," Coach Katseanes said. "He's been working hard all summer long and it's really starting to show."
Blackfoot added 5 more runs in the fourth and 7 runs in the fifth inning leading to a 15-1 run to blow past the Bees down the stretch.
Keying the come back was the work of Taylor Pearson on the bump who entered the game in the top of the fourth inning and once there, Pearson was spectacular as he worked the final four innings, allowing just one unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 4 to pick up the win.
"Taylor has been a total surprise for us," Coach Katseanes said. "He is raw on experience but athletically he throws hard and does a great job. I'm not sure where he got that secondary pitch that he was throwing today but Bonneville really struggled with him."
In addition to Lindsey's 3 for 5 day at the plate Blackfoot also got huge offensive production from Dallin Fairchild and his 3 for 4 3RBI day. Cole Mansanarez and his 4 for 5 day which included a double and a triple and Taylor Pearson with his 4 for 5 2RBI performance.
Blackfoot (14-4) will travel to Twin Falls today for a double header beginning at 4 P.M.
BONNEVILLE 9, BLACKFOOT 7
Bonneville 211 121 1 - 9 12 7
Blackfoot 400 011 1 - 7 7 2
Bonneville: Tyson Craig 3-4 (2)2B, Chance Reese 2-3, Clay Smith 1-3 HR, Jalen Fuhriman 2-4, Jake Holcomb 2-3 HR; pitching - Jalen Fuhriman (W) 7IP 7R 7H 7K 4BB.
Blackfoot: Jaron Katseanes 2-4, Cody Evans 2-4, Cole Mansanarez 1-2, Dylan Mansanarez 1-1, Colby Pearson 1-2; pitching - Russell Osborn 6IP 8R 11H 8K 1BB 3HP, Jaron Katseanes 1IP 1R 1H 1K 0BB 1HP.
BLACKFOOT 19, BONNEVILLE 11
Bonneville 118 010 0 - 11 12 3
Blackfoot 313 570 x - 19 18 8
Bonneville - Tyson Craig 1-4 2B, Jaxon Bird 3-4, Chance Reese 1-5 2B, Jalon Fuhriman 2-4 3B; pitching - Austin Udy 3 2/3IP 12R 11H 4K 3BB, Jaxson Bird 2 1/3IP 7R 7H 1K 3BB.
Blackfoot - Dallin Fairchild 3-4 2B 3RBI, Cole Mansanarez 4-5 2B 3B, Colby Pearson 1-2 HR, Taylor Pearson 4-5 2B 2RBI, Tyler Lindsey 3-5 3B 4RBI; pitching - Dallin Fairchild 3IP 10R 10H 2K 2BB 1HP, Taylor Pearson (W) 4IP 1R 2H 4K 3BB.