BLACKFOOT — The final score of Wednesday's High Country Conference baseball game between the Blackfoot Broncos and the Bonneville Bees looks lopsided. In fact, the game itself was much tighter than the score indicates and unfortunately for the large Blackfoot crowd in attendance for Blackfoot's senior night, it was the visiting Bees who emerged on top with a 16-5 victory.
"We just have to take the positives from this one," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "We came out and jumped on them with five runs early but we just couldn't deliver than knock out blow. The end really doesn't show how well we played against them. In fact, we played them tough on back-to-back days and I'm disappointed that the final score doesn't reflect that."
Indeed, Blackfoot came out swinging the bats to begin Wednesday's affair as Cody Evans led off with a hard hit ball that was bobbled by the Bonneville shortstop. Walks by Zach Later and Dillon Mansanarez loaded the bases in advance of a 2-out, 2-RBI single by Russel Osborn. Justin Mathie followed with an RBI single of his own and Blackfoot led 3-1.
"They know that we can put up runs against them," coach Dahle said. "They are not unbeatable and we know that as well."
After a scoreless top of the second Blackfoot resumed their offensive attack in the home half of the frame when Mitch Martin ignited a rally with a deep double off of the centerfield fence. A free pass by Evans placed runners at first and second and both of them came scurrying home courtesy of a line drive, 2-RBI double by Zach Later.
The offense stalled from then on however as Blackfoot were able to get runners on base, only to strand them as 7 Broncos were left standing on the bases by games end.
Bonneville regained the lead with a five run third inning and put the game out of reach with an 8 run sixth inning as the visitors collected six hits in an inning that witnessed 12 Bees stride to the plate.
"Obviously we would have loved to win this game but like I told the boys, in the big picture next week is when it matters," coach Dahle said. "Hopefully we can regroup, come out focused and win two games for a district title and a trip to state."
That mission will commence on Tuesday at 5 p.m. when the second seeded Broncos face off with Saturday's Pocatello-Century winner at Melaleuca Field.
BONNEVILLE 16, BLACKFOOT 5 (6 innings)
Bonneville 105 028 - 16 14 2
Blackfoot 320 000 - 5 6 1
Bonneville hitters - L. Clayton 2-4 2R, T. Craig 3-4 2B 3R, J. Holcomb 1-2 2RBI, J. Fuhrman 2-4 2B 2RBI, J. Bird 3-4 2B 3RBI. pitching - J. Fuhrman (W) 5R 3ER 6H 6K 5BB HP WP.
Blackfoot hitters - Z. Later 2-3 2B RBI, R. Osborn 1-2 RBI, J. Mathie 1-3 RBI, M. Martin 2-3 2B. pitching - C. Pearson (L) 5IP 7R 3ER 8H 7K 2BB HP 2WP. R. Osborn 2/3IP 8R 7ER 6H 0K 2BB HP WP, B. Pearson 1/3IP 0R 0ER 0H 0K 0BB.