The Idaho Falls baseball team started the day with a pitching gem by Merit Jones, then had to crank up the drama to hold off Highland in the 5A District 5-6 tournament nightcap.
Hillcrest, the No. 4 seed, and Bonneville, the No. 3 seed in the 4A District 6 baseball tournament, each advanced to the district championship series on Saturday.
At Melaleuca Field, top-seeded Idaho Falls clinched a berth to the 5A state baseball tournament with a sweep of Thunder Ridge on Friday afternoon.
The 4A District 6 baseball tournament featured some drama on Thursday afternoon as the top two seeds split doubleheaders in their best-of-3 series and will face must-win games on Saturday to advance to the district championship series for a shot at the automatic berth to the state tournament.