Dylan Rydalch, Brendon Ball and Mason Flanary have been playing baseball together since they were in elementary school and even though they all graduated and are going off to college, they’re not done playing on the same team.
Disappointment, despair, and sadness. That's the overriding sentiment among area seniors whose careers were cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few of their stories.
Mid-April is typically the time of year high school baseball and softball programs are deep into conference play, with the top teams and players starting to emerge for a postseason push.
Region and national tournaments have been canceled
Major League Baseball’s Opening Day came and went Thursday with ballparks empty and fans forced to follow their beloved teams by watching old broadcasts replayed online or on television.
At Hurricane, Utah, defending state 4A champion Bonneville opened its baseball season on Saturday, finishing 2-1 over the weekend at the Southern Utah tournament.
At Hillcrest, the Madison baseball team broke open a close game with eight runs in the fifth inning on the way to a 12-9 win over Hillcrest on Friday
At Twin Falls, the Madison baseball team swept a doubleheader against Canyon Ridge on Tuesday, earning 2-0 and 7-1 victories.
Bonneville High School seniors Willie Nelson and Kai Howell have been good friends for much of their lives.
Jaxon Sorenson has yet to begin his junior year, but the Idaho Falls High baseball player is already planning for his future.
Four months ago, this is where Randon Hostert imagined he’d be.
All season long, it was clear the 4A District 6 baseball conference was the most competitive in the state.
An impressive year for Bonneville High baseball player Randon Hostert just got a lot better.
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Sugar-Salem senior shortstop Curtis Drake was invited to visit a few colleges in preparation to sign to play college baseball. Blue Mountain Community College, Southern Virginia University, and Treasure Valley Community College all hosted Drake for visits.
CALDWELL — Randon Hostert launched his glove toward the sky and waited for Tavyn Lords to reach the pitcher’s mound.
At Melaleuca Field, a day after a disappointing loss to eventual state champion Marsh Valley, South Fremont pounded out 13 hits to defeat Kimberly 12-0 in the 3A third-place baseball game. The Cougars put the game away with nine runs in the fourth inning.
At Melaleuca Field, Sugar-Salem punched its ticket to the 3A baseball state title game on Friday night, defeating Kimberly 11-6.
CALDWELL — Idaho Falls began pouring out of the dugout as soon as Andrew Gregersen connected on the fastball.
Marsh Valley entered Friday’s 3A state baseball semifinals against South Fremont sporting some impressive offensive numbers.
CALDWELL--The scoreboard at Vallivue High School's baseball field has room for statistics for games up to 10 innings.
At Melaleuca Field, the Sugar-Salem baseball team opened the 3A state baseball playoffs on Thursday with all cylinders working in a 10-0, six-inning victory over Priest River. Tanner Harris, Hayden Crapo and Traeson Garner combined for the shutout and the offense scored in every inning, taki…
CALDWELL — The Kuna offense had trouble figuring out how to hit Bonneville pitcher Bruer Webster in the opening game of the 4A State Baseball Tournament.
The rematch between South Fremont and Homedale in the opening round of the 3A state baseball tournament on Thursday afternoon may not have featured the drama of last year’s wild game, but that was OK with the Cougars.
For a team that began the season with so much potential, the Bonneville baseball team looked out of sorts and in need of some help.
At Twin Falls, Idaho Falls advanced to the 4A state baseball tournament for the third straight year with a convincing 12-2 six-inning win over Emmett in Saturday’s state play-in game.
At Chubbuck, Rigby fell to Highland 10-9 in the 5A District 5-6 championship softball game on Thursday.
The only thing more daunting than facing Bonneville right-hander Randon Hostert may be facing the Bees ace late in a game and needing to rally.
POCATELLO — The game’s final pop fly seemed to stay airborne forever.
At Sugar City, South Fremont defeated Sugar-Salem 12-6 to force the if-necessary 3A District 6 championship game..
At Saint Anthony, the top-seeded South Fremont baseball team bounced back from Friday’s loss to Sugar-Salem with a six-inning, 11-1 victory over Teton on Saturday, and will host the Diggers on Monday in the 3A District 6 championship game.
At St. Anthony, No. 1 seeded South Fremont rolled past No. 2 Sugar-Salem 16-2 in five innings to reach Monday’s 3A District 6 championship game.
The top-seeded Idaho Falls baseball team is moving on to the 4A District 6 championship game.
At Sugar City, Sugar-Salem and Teton went the distance in Thursday’s 3A District 6 baseball tournament opener. The Diggers advanced with a dramatic rally in the 10th inning for a 7-6 win. Sugar-Salem trailed 6-4 heading into the bottom of the 10th after Teton took the lead in the top of the …
When Caden White made his decision last year to play baseball at Edmonds Community College near Seattle, the first person he thought of was his friend Olivia Johnson.
At Pocatello, in the 5A District 5-6 baseball tournament opener, top-seeded Highland (17-6-1) jumped out to an early lead on fourth-seeded Thunder Ridge (3-20) to advance to the semifinals. Thunder Ridge trailed early but put together a four-run fifth inning to close to within 6-4, but Highl…
At Blackfoot, the No. 5 seeded Hillcrest High School baseball team swept No. 4 seeded Blackfoot in a doubleheader to begin the 4A District 6 tournament.
At Rexburg, Rigby rallied late to take the lead in the first game, then had to hold off the Bobcats after they scored six in the bottom of the seventh, highlighted by RBI singles by Mason Flanary, Jordan Porter and a two-run triple by Jaden Schwab. Trey Armstrong’s grand slam in the top of t…
At Melaleuca Field, Andrew Gregersen finished 3 for 4 with two triples and a home run and knocked in four runs as the Idaho Falls baseball team concluded the regular season with a non-conference victory over the Bobcats.
At Hillcrest, the Blackfoot baseball team jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one inning and held off Hillcrest 13-8. Blackfoot (13-8, 7-7) ran its win streak to seven straight as Ethan Case had three RBIs. Hillcrest dropped to 11-12, 6-10.
At Soda Springs, Sugar-Salem pitchers Curtis Drake, Hayden Crapo and Kyzon Garner combined to hold Soda Springs to two hits and Kyle Ostermiller knocked in four runs on Tuesday as the Digger baseball team defeated Soda Springs 17-3.
At Meridian, five Rigby High School track athletes left the annual YMCA Invitational at Mountain View High School with individual varsity titles.
When the Idaho Falls High baseball team began practicing in February, the Tigers were missing some key pieces to their lineup.
At Melaleuca Field, Andrew Gregersen and Paul Wilson went yard for the Idaho Falls High School baseball team in a doubleheader sweep of District 91 rival Skyline.
At Hillcrest, the Bonneville High School baseball team compiled 27 hits in a conference doubleheader sweep of District 93 rival Hillcrest.
Arguably the best baseball conference in the state just got a little bit tighter.
At Feist Field in Tautphaus Park, the Idaho Falls High School softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to an 11-4 conference win over Blackfoot.
It wasn’t quite time to panic, Bonneville baseball coach Ryan Alexander noted last week after the Bees were swept in a three-game series by Idaho Falls, but there was some concern about how the team would respond after sputtering against the Tigers.
At Thunder Ridge, the Madison and Thunder Ridge softball teams split a conference doubleheader full of home runs.
At Tauphtus Park, the North Fremont softball team pounded out 25 hits and took advantage of 13 Ririe errors on the way to a 23-13 win. Taylyn Cordingley and Remi Litton each had five hits for North Fremont, which improved to 10-3. Cordingley drove in five runs and Litton added four RBIs.
This week’s three-game series between the Idaho Falls and Bonneville baseball teams had the feel of two teams with lofty postseason aspirations.
At Feist Field in Tautphaus Park, Madalyn Burton hit a grand slam and the Idaho Falls High School softball team completed a regular season sweep of District 91 rival Skyline with Friday’s 16-5 win in five innings.
At Bonneville, the start of a three-game series between two of the area’s top baseball teams on Thursday produced a pitching duel between Idaho Falls’ Cannon Thompson and Bonneville’s Randon Hostert.