AMMON — Cole Mansanarez crushed a two run homer in the top of the third inning and Shane Parkinson launched a lead off home run in the bottom of the fifth as the boys of Bingham County collided on the diamond in a loser out affair at the American Legion District Tournament on Friday afternoon.
In the end Blackfoot were able to prevail in the thrilling game as Tyler Lindsay came through with a clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to lift Blackfoot to a 8-6 victory over Snake River.
"What a game. Good pitching and some big hits," Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes said. "It was a fun game to watch for a fan but not so much as a coach because it was a little stressful."
Cash Cardona faced off against Taylor Pearson on the bump for the two squads and both pitchers threw the ball pretty well on the evening with Cardona working 6 and a third innings in the loss while Pearson left after four plus innings in the no decision.
"Cash pitched a fine ball game and he got some help from his defense which was pretty good today," Snake River head coach Tom Strickland said.
Blackfoot drew first blood on the day with a single run in the top of the second inning when Jaron Katseanes, who reached base with a lead off single, came racing home on one of the rare fielding errors of the ball game.
Snake River answered with a run in the home half of the second inning as Kaden Schmitt led off with a single and eventually worked his way to third afar a Konner Gilstrap walk and a Josh Pederson bit by pitch. Nate Martin then lifted a single down the right field line to plate Schmitt for the 1-1 tie.
Blackfoot regained the lead in the top of the third as Colby Pearson singled and then came trotting home ahead of Cole Mansanarez who launched a bomb over the left field fence for the two run dinger and the 3-1 Blackfoot lead.
Blackfoot added to that advantage with a run in the top of the fourth when Lindsay collected the first of his three RBI on the afternoon as he singled home Taylor Pearson for the 4-1 lead.
The Panthers answered back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth with Schmitt once again igniting the rally with a lead off single. Pederson worked a walk one batter later and after that Martin laced another RBI single to right to score Schmitt and Pederson scored moments later on a wild pitch to make the score 4-3.
"We really hit the ball well, Blackfoot just got a couple more there towards the end," Coach Strickland said. "I'm proud of the kids though. We've been short handed so much this summer and we could have quit at any time but these kids kept a great attitude all year long which made for a great season."
With the Panthers breathing down their necks, the Broncos went back to work in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs to push the lead back out to 6-3. Cole Mansanarez led the inning off with a single and was sacrificed over to second by Russell Osborn. Katseanes then came through with an RBI single and eventually scored when Taylor Pearson drove him home with an Rbi single.
In the bottom of the frame, Snake River came roaring back. Ignited by a lead off home run over the left field fence by Shane Parkinson the Panthers then got back-to-back doubles by Bret Parkinson and Cash Cardona. Blackfoot then made a pitching change with Jaron Katseanes entering the game with a runner on second and nobody out. Cardona eventually scored to tie the game at 6-6 but that was all the damage that Katseanes allowed as he worked the final two innings by allowing just one base hit, that a Cardona single in the bottom of the seventh.
"Jaron came in and just showed great leadership," Coach Katseanes said. "I could see him out in the outfield working his arm like he wanted to come in and pitch but that's his mentality. He wants to come in and close out the game and he did a great job of that today. I was very proud of him."
Blackfoot won the game in the seventh when Zach Later ripped a one out single up the middle and then advanced to second when Shad Lewis worked a base on balls. After a ground out for the second out of the inning up stepped Tyler Lindsay.
Linsday worked the count into his favor at 2 balls and 1 strike before driving a line drive single into right center field for the winning runs.
"Tyler didn't show any nerves at all," Coach Katseanes said. "He showed great confidence. Snake River are a talented team. We knew that they were going to keep coming at us. It was a great game."
With the loss Snake River's season is now over while Blackfoot lives to play another day as they will face off with the loser of the Madison/Hillcrest game this morning at 9 at Hillcrest High School.
BLACKFOOT 8, SNAKE RIVER 6
Blackfoot 012 120 2 - 8 11 0
Snake River 010 230 0 - 6 10 2
Blackfoot - Colby Pearson 2-4 2B, Cole Mansanarez 2-3 HR 2RBI, Jaron Katseanez 2-4 2R, Zach Later 1-4, Taylor Pearson 1-2, Tyler Lindsay 3-4 3RBI; pitching - Taylor Pearson 4IP 6R 8H 3K 2BB HP, Jaron Katseanes (W) 3IP 0R 2H 2K 0BB HP.
Snake River - Shane Parkinson 2-4 HR, Bret Parkinson 1-4 2B, Cash Cardona 2-4 2B, Kaden Schmitt 2-4 2R, Josh Pederson 1-2, Nate Martin 2-3 2RBI; pitching - Cash Cardona (L) 6 1/3IP 8R 10H 2K 3BB HP, Kaden Schmitt 2/3IP 0R 1H 0K 0BB.