Printed on: May 01, 2013

Shelley's Ball quiets South Fremont


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At Shelley, the Shelley High School baseball team threw a wrench into the 3A Mountain Rivers Conference standings by holding South Fremont to three hits in a 7-2 high school baseball win Tuesday.

Starting pitcher Braxton Ball allowed two hits and two runs while striking out nine in six innings.

"He was able to control fastballs," Shelley coach Trent Armstrong said. "It's a big district win. South's a very talented team."

Ball went 1 for 3 with an RBI while Kaden Schmitt went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Levi Blanchard went 2 for 3 with a double and Braxton Erickson went 1 for 3 for South Fremont's lone hits.

Shelley's win, combined with Sugar-Salem's win over Teton, keeps South Fremont and Teton tied for first at 3-2. Shelley and Sugar-Salem are tied for second at 2-3 as district tournament seeds remain wide open with all four teams concluding the regular season Friday.

"It makes it fun when you've got a lot of good baseball being played," Armstrong said.

Shelley (9-6, 2-3) plays Friday at Teton.

Sugar-Salem 7, Teton 6: At Sugar City, the Diggers knocked off Teton thanks to a game-winning single to left-center by Jared Purser in the bottom of the eighth inning.

"We were thrilled," Sugar-Salem coach Karl Hanosky said of the win. "Our hitting has been really strong the last couple weeks."

Purser had a 3-for-3 day with two RBIs and a run scored. Keaton Small went 1 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Kellon Parkinson earned the win, striking out two and walking three in the final two innings. Teton's Nathan Park went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Sean Riley went 1 for 4 with two RBIs.

Sugar-Salem (8-9, 2-3) hosts Rigby on Thursday.

Century 14, Rigby 4 (5 innings): At Halliwell Park, 13 errors caught up to Rigby in a conference loss.

"We made seven errors in the first inning," Rigby coach Ray Swanson said. "We came up and banged out four runs in the first, then the bats went to sleep."

Starting pitcher Shawn Packard went 1 for 2 and hit a two-run double to lead the Trojans. Connor Dabell went 2 for 3 for Rigby (4-13, 1-8), which hosts Century today.

Softball

Skyline 16, Madison 0, 5 innings: At Skyline H.S., the Grizzlies got a hit from everyone in the lineup and didn't strike out en route to a mercy-rule 5A District 5-6 win over Madison.

"It was a good day at the plate," Skyline coach Tony Arehart said. "I can count on hits from the whole lineup, and that's something I've never had."

Madison Cook and Rylee Jensen led the attack, with Cook going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Jensen going 3 for 3. Mayson Jenkins was 1 for 3 with three RBIs. Sam Christensen went 2 for 4 and earned the win in the circle, allowing four hits while walking four and striking out eight.

The Grizzlies (14-4), who wrapped up league play with a record of 10-2, play at Bonneville today.

Hillcrest 9, Idaho Falls 8: At Tautphaus Park, Hillcrest overcame an 8-3 deficit for its second conference win of the season.

The Knights scored six runs in the last four innings to complete the comeback.

"When they brought in their other pitcher, she was a little slower and our girls had a harder time getting our timing down," Idaho Falls coach Traci Wilkinson said.

Hillcrest's Debbie Henze went 2 for 5 with an RBI and Emily Potter went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Ryann Camp went 1 for 3 with a triple while Raegan Storms went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBIs for the Tigers (4-16, 1-9) who play the Knights again Thursday at Hillcrest in a doubleheader to conclude the regular season.

Blackfoot 13, Bonneville 2 (5 innings); Blackfoot 13, Bonneville 2: At Bonneville, Blackfoot swept a conference doubleheader by identical scores in two very different games.

The Broncos piled on hits in both games, but 10 errors took a toll on Bonneville in the nightcap.

"We were making fielding errors all over the place," Bonneville coach Tanya Cromwell said.

Madison Leslie went 3 for 4 with two doubles and six RBIs for Blackfoot, while Mattison Chavez went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Jessica Capson and MorningRose Tobey picked up the wins in the circle.

Sarah Phillips went 4 for 5 with a triple and an RBI through two games while Courtney Hathaway went 4 for 5 with an RBI for the Bees (12-9, 6-4), who host Skyline today.

Teton 21, Sugar-Salem 2, 32/3 innings: At Sugar City, Teton pounded out 21 hits and scored 21 runs over 3.2 innings before Sugar-Salem coach Larry Choffin pulled his team off the field with two outs in the fourth inning, ending the game.

Teton scored two runs in the first and one in the second before exploding for 10 runs in the third and eight more in the fourth before the Diggers threw in the towel.

"That's as good as we've hit the ball," Teton coach Richard Berry said.

Ashlie Hopkins led the way, going 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and six RBIs. Courtney Hansen was 4 for 4 with three doubles and four RBIs, while Karlie Breckenridge (3 for 3, 3 RBIs) and Whitley Beard (3 for 4, two doubles, three RBIs) also had big days for Teton.

The Redskins (14-1, 5-0) hosts West Jefferson today and closes out the regular season at home Friday against Shelley.

West Jefferson 17, North Fremont 1 (3 innings): At South Fremont, West Jefferson piled on 13 runs in the first inning and pitcher Riley Jemmett threw a no-hitter in a three-inning mercy-rule conference win over North Fremont.

North Fremont's lone run was scored off an error in the bottom of the third.

"They put us on base and we got some big hits," West Jefferson coach Raquel Togerson said. "They loaded the bases and we took advantage of it."

Ryleigh Rainey went 3 for 3 with three RBIs while Josie Holdaway went 2 for 2 with two doubles and four RBIs for West Jefferson (9-4, 3-0), which next plays today at Teton.