Beau Crouch returned to the Idaho Falls Bandits with a bang Tuesday.
Crouch, who lost his father, Jeff, to cancer last week and missed the Bandits’ championship performance at a tournament in Billings, Mont., that ended Tuesday, went a combined 5 for 7 and drove in seven runs to lead Idaho Falls to a 27-5, 8-2 Double-A American Legion Baseball sweep of Jerome on Wednesday at Melaleuca Field.
“It was great to have Beau back,” Idaho Falls coach Joldy Watts said. “There was lots of adrenaline, big hugs for him when he got to the ballpark. I’m very happy for him. He hit a lot of balls hard, and it seemed like every time he came to the plate the bases were loaded.”
The Bandits crushed the ball in the opener, scoring 13 runs in the third inning and 11 more in the fourth. Crouch led the way, going 3 for 3 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs. Jalen Fuhriman went 2 for 3 with two doubles and four RBIs while Luke Martin went 4 for 4 with a double, three triples and two RBIs.
Cason Johnson pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out six.
In the second game, Crouch went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Johnny Hyland was 4 for 4 with four RBIs. Tanner Stenquist pitched all seven innings, allowing just five hits and two walks while striking out nine.
The Bandits (20-6, 5-1) are off until Tuesday, when they host Minico for a doubleheader at Melaleuca Field.
IDAHO FALLS 27, JEROME 5
Jerome 010 40 — 5 5 4
Idaho Falls 30(13) (11)x — 27 23 2
JEROME — Pitchers: Ostler 2.2IP, 10R, 8H, 1K; Richey 0.1IP, 7R, 5H; Crawford 1IP, 11R, 10H. Leading hitters: Thiboult 2-3.
IDAHO FALLS — Pitchers: Cason Johnson 5IP, 5R, 3ER, 5H, 6K, 2BB. Leading hitters: Jordan Hadley 2-3, 2B; Luke Martin 4-4, 2B, 3 3Bs, 2RBIs; Tyson Craig 2-2; Brandon Bialis 2-2; Jaxon Bird 2-3, 2B, 2RBIs; Klay Cornelison 2-2, 2B, 2RBIs; Jalen Fuhriman 2-3, 2 2Bs, 4RBIs; Kyle Hawkes 1-1, 2B; Beau Crouch 3-3, 2 2Bs, 3B; 5RBIs.
IDAHO FALLS 8, JEROME 2
Jerome 000 200 0 — 2 5 2
Idaho Falls 114 002 x — 8 12 x
JEROME — Pitchers: Gardner 6IP, 8R, 12H, 2K, 3BB. Leading hitters: Thiboult 2-3, 2 2Bs.
IDAHO FALLS — Pitchers: Tanner Stenquist 7IP, 2ER, 5H, 9K, 2BB. Luke Martin 1-3, 3B; Craig 1-3, 2B; Crouch 2-4, 2RBIs; Johnny Hyland 4-4, 4RBIs; Bialis 1-3; Patterson 2-4.