BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Lady Broncos pounded out 29 hits and scored 26 runs in a double header whitewashing of the Preston Lady Indians on Saturday as they won 15-0 and 11-0 with both games being called in the fifth inning.
"These girls can really hit and their dedication to the game is second to none," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "Up and down the line up we just have no holes, no breaks for the opposing pitcher."
No holes indeed as the Lady Broncos opened game one with a six run home half of the first inning. Jessica Capson ignited the rally with a lead off double and then came trotting home when Mattison Chavez lined a two run homer over the left centerfield fence.
Morningrose Tobey followed with a single to center and then stole second. An error by the Preston shortstop allowed Madison Leslie to reach base with Tobey advancing to third on the play.
Tobey later scored on a passed ball before Taylor Beers collected the first of one of her four hits in game one to score Leslie for the 4-0 lead.
Beers was then a beneficiary of some sisterly love as her twin, Ashlyn Beers ripped an RBI double to right field for the first of her two doubles on the game and a 5-0 lead.
Capson capped the first inning scoring with an RBI single to score Beers and the Lady Broncos were rolling 6-0.
Madison Leslie continued her hot streak with a lead off solo home run that cleared the scoreboard in left field in the second inning.
Meanwhile, Capson was mowing them down in the pitching circle as she threw just 81 pitches in her complete game no hit victory. While holding the Lady Indians hitless, Capson also struck on 9 would be hitters. It was a fitting end to the lone senior's home career as she was honored in-between games for her contributions to the Lady Bronco softball program.
"What can I say about Jess?" coach Chavez said. "I started coaching her when she was ten or eleven with the Bandits team. Everyone said she was too small but I saw her tenacity and that's what you saw out there today. She just gives everything that she has on every pitch and every play and I'm just happy I got to coach her in her senior year and I hope that we've made it a fun one."
Blackfoot put the finishing touches on the final outcome of game one with an 8 run fourth inning that was highlighted by a grand slam by Morningrose Tobey.
In game two the "Mo-Show" continued as Tobey nearly matched Capson's no hit effort from game one with a one hit gem of her own. The lone hit by Preston came in the third inning with two outs. That threat was quickly extinguished when Tobey endured a lazy pop up to Capson as short stop for the final out of the inning however.
Offensively the Lady Broncos once again erupted from the gates with a huge 8 run first inning to take complete control of the contest.
"You see it all the time, it doesn't matter if a team has one win or is undefeated, once the hits start coming it's contagious," coach Chavez said.
In the inning it was Capson leading off by wearing a pitch. Chavez followed with a single and one pitch later Tobey helped her own cause with an RBI single to score Capson.
After a Tobey stolen base to place runners at second and third Madison Leslie then came through with an RBI with a hard single to left field.
The merry go round continued to spin and with two runner on and the Lady Broncos leading 5-0 Cassandra Clarke strode to the plate. Clarke, who made a key leaping catch in centerfield to help preserve the no hitter in game one, then came through at the plate when she hit a line drive to left field that eluded the left fielders glove and by the time the ball had been retrieved, the speedy Clarke, along with Sami MacFee and Ashlyn Beers, had circled the bases for a 8-0 lead.
With the wins, Blackfoot improves their season record to 16-1 and 8-0 in conference play. The Lady Broncos will hit the road this week for the final regular season games with a pair of double headers, the first of which will be at Bonneville on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. Blackfoot will close out the regular season Thursday when they travel to Rigby to make up an earlier season rain out.
BLACKFOOT 15, PRESTON 0 (5 innings)
Preston 000 00 - 0 0 3
Blackfoot 610 8x - 15 19 1
Preston hitters - Porter BB, Rattison BB, Keller BB. pitching - Porter (L) 4IP 15R 12ER 19H 3K 3BB.
Blackfoot hitters - Jessica Capson 3-3 (2)2B 2R, Mattison Chavez 1-2 HR 2R 3RBI, Morningrose Tobey 2-4 HR 2R 4RBI, Madison Leslie 2-4 HR 2B 3R, Taylor Beers 4-4 2B 2RBI, Ashlyn Beers 4-4 (2)2B 2R 3RBI, Cassandra Clarke 3-3. pitching - Jessica Capson (W) 5IP 0R 0ER 0H 9K 4BB.
BLACKFOOT 11, PRESTON 0 (5 innings)
Preston 000 00 - 0 1 4
Blackfoot 812 0x - 11 10 1
Preston hitters - Wheat 1-2 2B. pitching - Swann (L) 4IP 11R 8ER 10H 1K 3BB.
Blackfoot hitters - Mattison Chavez 2-3 RBI, Morningrose Tobey 1-3 SB 2RBI, Madison Leslie 2-3 2B RBI, Sami MacFee 1-3, Cassandra Clarke 2-2 2R RBI, Taylor Beers 1-3 RBI. pitching - Morningrose Tobey (W) 5IP 0R 0ER 1H 6K 1BB.