BLACKFOOT — With the district tournament less than a week away, every single time the Blackfoot Broncos take the field the game is important as entering Tuesday the Broncos were still fighting for the top seed.
Throw in the fact that the defending state champion Bonneville Bees were in town and the importance of the game increased ten fold.
In the dugout prior to the game the theme from the team was "Be big" as each player echoed that sentiment to each other.
And for the first time in four years the Broncos were big enough to hand the Bees a loss.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the opening inning, Blackfoot had to fend off a bases loaded, one out rally from the Bees to earn a 7-6 win to hand Bonneville their first district loss in two seasons.
"That was a big win for us," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "We have guaranteed ourselves a finish of no worse than second in the district, right now we are tied with Bonneville."
Blackfoot entered the seventh inning leading 7-4 after Taylor Pearson tripled home Brady Pearson and the scored on a sacrifice bunt by Russell Osborn in the bottom of the sixth to give them a little cushion, the Broncos needed just three outs to earn a huge win.
The Bees did not make it easy on the Broncos to get the win.
Boneville started the seventh inning with a walk, fielder's choice and two singles to lead the bases with one out.
Conlan Smith singled to drive in a run of of Pearson. Then Austin Udy drew a bases loaded walk to cut the Bees deficit to 7-6.
But Pearson got a strikeout and a then a game ending ground ball to send the Broncos seniors to a victory in their final home game.
But it was the Broncos first at-bat of the game where the teams set the tone for the game.
The game started walk, walk, and then Dylan Mansanarez singled to lead the bases.
After a pop out and a strikeout left the bases loaded, Zack LAter came to the plate and crushed a bases clearing double to left field to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead.
On the very next pitch Dallin Fairchild crushed the first pitch he saw over the right field fence for a two-run home run, and just like that it was 5-0 Blackfoot.
But as Bonneville has done so often this season they battled back.
The Bees picked up a run in the third and three in the fourth to get back in the game.
But Pearson and starter Andrew Hatch held the Bees to just six hits in the game.
Mansanrez and Brady Pearson each had two hits for the Broncos.
The win puts Blackfoot in a tie with the Bees for first place in District 5/6 with one game left to play.
The Broncos will go into the district tournament in no worse than second place, a win against the Bees today locks up the top spot.
Blackfoot travels to Iona today to close out the regular season against Bonneville. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Blackfoot 7, Bonneville 6
Bonneville 001 300 2 — 6 6 1
Blackfoot 500 002 x — 7 7 2
Bonneville — Austin Udy and Chance Reese. Blackfoot — Andrew Hatch, Taylor Pearson (6) and Tyler Lindsey. 2B — Conlan Smith (Bonn), Dylan Mansanrez (BHS), Zach Later (BHS). 3B — Taylor Pearson (BHS). HR — Dallin Fairchild (BHS).