Printed on: July 26, 2013

One hit enough for Blackfoot


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At Pocatello, Blackfoot could muster only one hit Thursday. But that's all it needed to beat Rigby 2-0 in the second round of the Single-A American Legion District C baseball tournament Thursday in Pocatello.

Blackfoot's Justin Math-ie collected a one-out hit in the bottom of the second inning off Rigby pitcher Tristian Orr. He moved to second on a walk and a two-out, two-run error provided the only runs of the game.

Brady Pearson pitched Blackfoot to the win with a complete game, striking out seven while surrendering four hits. Rigby loaded the bases in the second and seventh innings with one out but failed to push any runs across the plate.

"We had a chance to sting them," Rigby coach Ray Swanson said.

Blackfoot advances to face the Twin Falls Hawks at 3 p.m. today in the semifinals at Halliwell Park in Pocatello. Rigby (18-13) drops into the consolation bracket, where it will face Sugar-Salem at 9 a.m. today at Halliwell Park.

Rigby 5, Buhl 2: At Pocatello, Mitch Lee tossed a complete game to lead Rigby to a win in the opening round of the district tournament.

Lee surrendered two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six. He got all the run support he needed when the Trojans broke open the game with five runs in the third inning.

Tyler Kite went 2 for 3 with a double for Rigby while Colton Burrows also finished 2 for 3.

Twin Falls Hawks 9, I.F. Knights 1: At Pocatello, the Twin Falls Hawks saved their ace for the Knights, and Kaleb Price didn't disappoint.

The lefty struck out 13 while holding Hillcrest to one unearned run and two hits in a complete-game victory that pushed the Hawks into the district semifinals.

"I'm not sure where he's going but he's going to play somewhere," Knights coach Scott Barr said. "He had a good fastball and good secondary pitches as well. He really had our number."

Billy Brown and Kyal Erikson collected the Knights' only hits, and Brown scored the only run.

The Knights (23-16) drop into the consolation bracket, where they face Burley at 9 a.m. today at Hawthorne Park in Pocatello.

In other first-round action, the Idaho Falls Rangers fell 12-2 to the Twin Falls Hawks, the Twin Falls Cowboys defeated Sugar-Salem 13-4 and Shelley topped Burley 11-9. The Rangers and Sugar-Salem both dropped into the consolation bracket while no score was available for Shelley's second-round contest with Madison Red.

CLASS A

DISTRICT C TOURNAMENT

FIRST ROUND

RIGBY 5, BUHL 2

Buhl 000 200 0 - 2 6 0

Rigby 005 000 x - 5 8 1

BUHL – Leading hitters: Moon 3-3, Hamilton 2-3. Pitchers: Ruffing (L) 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

RIGBY – Leading hitters: Colton Burrows 2-3, Tyler Kite 2-3 (2B). Pitchers: Mitch Lee (W) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.

SECOND ROUND

BLACKFOOT 2, RIGBY 0

Rigby 000 000 0 - 0 4 1

Blackfoot 020 000 x - 2 1 2

RIGBY – Leading hitters: Colton Burrows 1-2, Tyler Kite 1-3, Jacob Madsen 2-3. Pitchers: Tristian Orr (L) 5.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; Porter Marley 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

BLACKFOOT – Leading hitters: Justin Mathie 1-2. Pitchers: Brady Pearson (W) 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

TWIN FALLS HAWKS 9, I.F. KNIGHTS 1

Twin Falls 111 141 0 - 9 13 1

Idaho Falls 000 100 0 - 1 2 4

TWIN FALLS – Leading hitters: Trae Bishop 4-5 (2 Rs, 4 RBIs), Jacob Newton 3-4 (2 Rs), Daniel Pak 3-4 (2 Rs). Pitchers: Kaleb Price (W) 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K.

IDAHO FALLS – Leading hitters: Billy Brown 1-1 (R), Kyal Erikson 1-2. Pitchers: Brown (L) 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; Klay Cornelison 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.