BLACKFOOT — During the rainstorm that blew through Blackfoot Wednesday evening while most of us were inside waiting out the storm, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos were in the batting cage next to the softball field at Blackfoot High School hitting.
After struggling at the plate in their 4A District 5/6 tournament opener against Pocatello on Tuesday, the Broncos needed to make sure the struggles at the plate wouldn't happen again in their elimination game with the Indians on Thursday.
The Broncos came out swinging from the start.
Blackfoot pounded out eight runs and plating eight runs in the first inning, half coming on a grand slam by Taylor Beers on the way to a 15-0 five-inning win over Pocatello to earn the second state berth from District 5/6.
"The girls were in the cage just hitting in the rain on Wednesday," Blackfoot head coach Matt Chavez said. "The girls were soaking wet, but were in the cage working hard to make sure we came out swinging today."
Chavez also juggled the top of his batting order for the rematch with the Indians.
Hadlie Henderson led off the game getting hit on the very first pitch, that base runner was just the spark the Broncos needed to get going.
Blackfoot reeled off seven consecutive hits including one that knocked Pocatello starting pitcher Shayla Baker to the ground and out of the game.
Matti Chavez got Blackfoot on the board with a ringing two-RBI triple to right center field driving home Henderson and Cassandra Clarke.
MorningRose Tobey followed with a single driving home Chavez.
Anicia Luna followed with a single of her own to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Ashlyn Beers came to the plate and sent a rocket right back at Baker, the ball hit Baker's arm and dropped her to the ground in tears in a very scary sight.
A run scored on the play, but Baker was on her knees in the circle in tears.
Baker left the game and went to the hospital.
Taylor Beers greeted the relief pitcher with a grand slam home run to left field to extend the Broncos lead to 8-0.
Beers was far from done though, as she came up in the second inning with two on and no outs.
She crushed a double to left center field driving in both runs to give Blackfoot a 10-0 lead.
In less than an inning and a half Beers had two hits and six RBI.
Madison Rigby drove Beers home with an RBI groundout to give Blackfoot an 11-0 lead after one and a half innings.
Tobey started in the circle for Blackfoot and was light's out.
She allowed six hits in her three innings of work, and even though she loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs, the Broncos defense bailed them out by turning a double play.
He also helped herself out at the plate in the third.
After a single by Clarke and a walk to Chavez, Tobey hit a deep home run to right field to extend the lead to 14-0.
Ashlyn Beers drove in the final Blackfoot run with an RBI single.
Kelcey Wright closed the game on the mound for the Broncos.
While the team is excited to be returning to state for the second consecutive season, they know the work is far from over.
Blackfoot will take on the top seed from Boise when they take the field at the Skyview Softball Complex in Nampa next week.
Taylor Beers led the Broncos at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run and six RBI. Tobey added three hits and four RBI.
Blackfoot takes the field at 9 a.m. May 15 in Nampa.
Blackfoot 15, Pocatello 0, 5 inn
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Pocatello 000 00 — 0 6 0
Blackfoot — MorningRose Tobey, Kelcey Wright (4) and Matti Chavez. Pocatello — Shayla Baker, Lase Naylor (1) and Kristen Stucki. 2B — Kristen Stucki (PHS), MorningRose Tobey (BHS), Anicia Luna (BHS), Taylor Beers (BHS). 3B — Matti Chavez (BHS). HR — MorningRose Tobey (BHS), Taylor Beers (BHS).