BLACKFOOT — Since District play began on Tuesday the Blackfoot Broncos have been playing some of their best baseball of the summer.
The Broncos came into Friday's doubleheader with Buhl winners of their last three games looking to keep a stranglehold on the top spot in the district.
After taking game one 8-3, the pitching on both sides of the field seemed to have trouble with the searing near 100-degree heat.
The fist game took a brisk hour and a half to play, the first three innings of game two took roughly the same amount of time.
Both teams put up a total of eight runs in the opening three frames. Buhl got three in the first and five in the second. Blackfoot was more balanced in their scoring, getting one in the first, four in the second and three in the third.
But it would be the final run that was the most disputed of the entire day.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth Taylor Pearson took the first pitch he saw from Buhl pitcher Jake Anderson and sent it to deep right center field.
The ball skimmed the power lines that sit just beyond the fence and then bounced on the street beyond the fence for a solo home run.
After Pearson rounded the bases and was congratulated by his teammates, Buhl's coaches came out to take to the umpires questioning if the ball had indeed left the yard.
It what seemed like 30 minutes the discussion between Buhl's coaches and the umpires was over and the home run stood giving the Broncos a 9-8 lead.
The home run seemed to spark the Broncos as reliever Cody Evans shut the door and Buhl giving Blackfoot the doubleheader sweep.
Evans RBI single in the first got the Broncos on the board.
In the second, Blackfoot sent 10 batters to the plate, recording four hits and taking advantage of two Buhl errors
Zach Later's RBI single started the scoring rally. He came into score a little later on a wild pitch.
Evans had his second RBI single of the game later in the inning.
Tyler Lindsay had the big hit in the third inning when he laced a two-RBI double to right center to drive in the game tying runs.
Despite the oppressive heat, the Broncos bench was very loose, that looseness is depute having already played six games this week.
The grueling American Legion season has not seemed to have any effect on the teams sense of humor.
In game one it took some time for the Broncos offense to come to life, but when it did they scored in bunches.
Russell Osborn who got news on Thursday that he would need surgery on his injured right shoulder had quite the afternoon.
He played in the field for the first time in almost two weeks, and drove in half of the Broncos eight runs.
Osborn had a two-run single in the third, a sacrifice fly in the fourth and another RBI single in the four-run sixth.
Starting pitcher Later took care of the rest.
The Blackfoot pitcher allowed three hits and three runs in his complete game effort.
Later finished the afternoon 5-for-9 at the plate with two RBI, Osborn finished the day 2-for-3 with four RBI and four walks.
Blackfoot's long week comes to an end today when they host the Twin Falls Hawks beginning at 1 p.m. at Blackfoot High School.
Blackfoot 8, Buhl 3
Buhl 020 000 1 — 3 3 1
Blackfoot 002 204 x — 9 11 2
Buhl — Kaleb Whitlock and Matt Dekruye. Blackfoot — Zach Later and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Hunter Crown (Buhl), Zach Later (B), Dallin Fairchild (B).
Blackfoot 9, Buhl 8
Buhl 305 000 0 — 8 12 5
Blackfoot 143 010 x — 9 12 0
Buhl — Brooks Ruffing, Jake Anderson (2) and Matt Dekruye. Blackfoot — Justin Mathie, Cody Evans (3) and Tyler Lindsay. 2B — Andrew Peterson (Buhl), Zach Later (B), Tyler Lindsay (B), Taylor Pearson (B). HR — Taylor Pearson (B).