BLACKFOOT — After pulling a muscle in his arm while pitching a week ago against Jackson Hole, Blackfoot's Russell Osborn had been a little tentative playing.
During last weekend's tournament in Burley Osborn restrained his arm which took him out of any throwing activity for the near future.
The injury however does not stop him from swinging a bat.
After sitting for the first five and a half innings of game one of Monday's doubleheader against the Idaho Falls Knights, Osborn came to the plate with the game tied at 5-5 and the go ahead run on second base.
Osborn made the most of his at-bat lacing an RBI double to left-center field to give the Broncos the lead.
Two batters later, Zach Later hit a ball about a foot out in front of home plate that scored Osborn from third base as the Broncos went on to take game one 7-5. Things did not go well for the Broncos in game two as Idaho Falls took home a 10-5 win.
With eight more games this week, all of which are district games, Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes used Monday's games with Idaho Falls as a chance to let some of the younger players on the team get some much needed playing time.
That decision paid off.
Cade Adakai blasted a two-run home run to left field in the first game to tie the scores 2-2. Later singled a few batter later to give the Broncos the lead.
The lead was short lived as the Knights got a run in the third, and two runs in the fourth on a single by Tanner Stenquist to take a 5-4 lead.
But as the Broncos have done often so far this summer they rallied getting the tying run in the fifth after Taylor Pearson started the inning with a triple, Cody Evans hit the games hit a ball that was a foot out in front opt the plate scoring Pearson.
It's a good day when two balls can travel two feet and score two runs.
Game two saw the Blackfoot offense slowed to a crawl by Knights starter Bobby Brown.
Brown scatter five runs and seven hits over his complete game effort.
The game started well for Blackfoot as Cody Evans led off the the bottom of the first with a double. He came around to score on a wild pitch.
Idaho Falls answered in the top of the second plating four runs, three coming on a bases loaded double by Stenquist.
The Knights added two more runs in the third inning. Blackfoot was kept off balance by Brown all night and the offense struggled.
When the Broncos offense finally woke up all they were able to manage was a single run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Evans finished the day 4-for-8 at the plate with two RBI. Shad Lewis added two hits.
Zach Later pitched a complete game victory in game one.
Blackfoot returns to the field today for a doubleheader against Wood River. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Black foot High School.
Blackfoot 7, Idaho Falls 5
Idaho Falls 021 200 0 — 5 7 0
Blackfoot 031 012 x — 7 10 0
Idaho Falls — Casey Pack, Austin Walker (6) and Chase Mecham. Blackfoot — Zack Later and Connor Kershaw. 2B — Jaron Katseanes (B),Taylor Pearson (B), Shad Lewis (B), Russell Osborn (B). 3B — Taylor Pearson (B). HR — Cade Adakai (B).
Idaho Falls 10, Blackfoot 5
Idaho Falls 042 000 4 — 10 16 4
Blackfoot 110 001 2 — 5 7 3
Idaho Falls — Bobby Brown and Austin Walker. Blackfoot — Connor Kershaw, Justin Mathie (4), Brady Trappett (6) and Tyler Lindsey. 2B — Tanner Stenquist (IF)2, Jacob Belnap (IF), Cody Evans (B). 3B — Beau Crouch (IF).