POST FALLS – The dream season for the Blackfoot Lady Bronco softball team came to an end on Friday evening with Blackfoot winning one, but dropping two games on day one of the 4A state softball tournament.
The day began well enough with Blackfoot crushing Canyon Ridge, 10-2.
Morningrose Tobey was dominant in the pitching circle for the Lady Broncos while the offense scored early and often in the rout.
Next up for the Lady Broncos was Lakeland which advanced into the second round with a walkoff two-run homer to down heavily favored Kuna.
Jessica Capson pitched for the Lady Broncos but after one batter she was hit on the hand by a comebacker, forcing her from the game. In entered Tobey and the sophomore was equal to the task as she held the Lakeland squad to just 1 run over the contest.
Unfortunately for the Blackfoot contingent, the Lakeland pitcher was equally as impressive as she shut out Blackfoot for the 1-0 win.
Blackfoot then faced off with Skyview in a loser out affair in the nightcap of the first day of the tournament. Blackfoot led 3-0 on a three run bomb by Tobey and after Skyview closed the gap to 3-2, Tobey dialed long distance once again with a two run homer for a 5-2 Blackfoot lead.
That lead did not hold however as Skyview got a re-do on a controversial interference call as the Lady Hawks completed a late inning comeback for the 6-5 victory, thus ending Blackfoot’s season.
The Lady Broncos finished the year with a 22-3 record.
(No stats were available.)
Meanwhile in the Class 3A tournament, the first ever state tournament berth for the Shelley softball squad ended with mixed results for the Lady Russets as they won one but lost two and were eliminated after day one.
Shelley opened the day with a tough game with Filer as they fell to Filer, 17-7.
True to their season long-nature, Shelley rebounded in game two of the day, remaining alive in the double elimination tournament with a tidy 5-2 win over Timberlake.
Any momentum garnered from that win was lost in a loser out contest with Buhl however as the Lady Indians scored early and often in a 14-0 win.