IDAHO FALLS — The Firth Cougars opened the Skline tournament on Thursday afternoon with a match up with the Bonneville J.V. squad. In a twist, the Cougars were the home team on the scoreboard despite playing on Bonneville's home field. In the end, Firth dropped a heart breaker as Bonneville came from behind to down the Cougars 7-5.
"Again offensively we just aren't hitting the ball the way that we are capable and to be honest, today was worse because we had guys standing there looking at third strike," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "I can get anyone to go up there and watch a third strike so we need to improve there. We will be a good team if the kids buy into what we are teaching them and right now mental mistakes, not physical mistakes, are what's costing us in these games."
Bonneville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but Firth answered right back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame. Connor Montgomery started the rally with a walk which was followed by a walk by Mason Cook. After a double steal Taylor Richards was able to come through with a 2RBI single for the 2-1 lead.
Bonneville regained the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning but once again the Cougars battled back in the home half of the inning as they batted around, plating a trio of runs for the 5-3 advantage. Montgomery was the spark plug once again in the rally as he led off with a double. After back-to-back strike outs, Firth then went on a two out rally as Richards, Jordan Chapman and Adam Smith each stroked 2-out RBI singles in the frame.
"The damage that we did do, we did with two outs so that's a positive that we can look at," coach Adams said.
Bonneville got an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning courtesy of a walk and a pair of errors to cut the lead to 5-4.
The seventh inning proved to be crucial to the final outcome as Bonneville scored 3 runs in the top of the seventh, all of which came with two outs in the inning, to take a 7-5 lead. Firth looked as if they were going to answer back, just as they had in the previous innings as they put the tying runners on base with one out.
That's where the comeback stalled however as a strike out and a ground out to the shortstop thwarted the rally for the Cougars.
"The other night we had the bases loaded in the last inning and again tonight, we had the tying runs on base," coach Adams said. "We just need kids to come through in those crucial situations."
Firth (0-2) will be back in action today when they take on Skyline at Skyline High School on day two of the tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Cougars will wrap up the tournament with a pair of games on Saturday.
BONNEVILLE JV 7, FIRTH 5
Bonneville 102 010 3 - 7 9 0
Firth 203 000 0 - 5 7 2
Bonneville hitters: Alex Rierson 2-4, Zac Gidridge 2-2, Camden Bodily 1-4 2B. Pitching: Tayler Waters 7IP 5R 5ER 7H 9K 6BB.
Firth hitters: Connor Montgomery 1-3 2B 2R, Taylor Richards 2-4 3RBI, Dalton Cate 1-1 2B RBI. pitching: Taylor Richards 4IP 4R 3ER 4H 3K 4BB 1HP, Connor Montgomery 3IP 3R 3ER 5H 3K 1BB.