Local roundup: Bandits to play for Area C title

At Minico, the Idaho Falls Bandits advanced to the American Legion Double-A Area C district championship game after beating the Twin Falls Cowboys 9-1 on Friday.

The Bandits’ offense came alive in the bottom of the third, scoring six of their nine runs. Bruer Webster went 3 for 4 at the plate for Idaho Falls, which outhit Twin Falls 9-4.

Randon Hostert got the win on the mound, allowing one run (earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out six in six frames of work.

The Bandits (28-4-2) play the Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels today at 3 p.m. for Area C district championship. The Bandits are 2-2 this season against the Rebels. Both teams qualify for the Double-A state tournament.

IDAHO FALLS BANDITS 9, TWIN FALLS 1

Twin Falls 000 100 0 — 1 4 2

Idaho Falls 006 012 X — 9 9 0

TWIN FALLS — Pitchers: Carson Walters 5 IP, 105 P, 9 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 2 K, 7 BB, 2 WP; Jackson Stutzman 1 IP, 14 P, K, HBP. Leading hitters: Cade Greenfield 1-3, 2B; Anthony Scholes 2-3, R.

IDAHO FALLS — Pitchers: Randon Hostert 6 IP, 106 P, 4 H, R, ER, 6 K, 2 BB, HBP; Caden Christensen 1 IP, 13 P, 2 K. Leading hitters: Bruer Webster 3-4, 2 R; Bridger Taylor 1-4, R, 3 RBIs.

POCATELLO (AA) 13, BLACKFOOT 1 (5 INNINGS); MINICO 7, BLACKFOOT 5: At Minico, Blackfoot’s season ended in the loser out bracket of the Double-A Area C district tournament despite a late rally in Friday’s nightcap game.

In game one, the Broncos were bounced from the winner’s bracket following a 13-1 loss to Pocatello in five frames.

The Broncos’ sole run came in the top of the fifth after surrendering nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to the Runnin’ Rebels. Jace Jorgensen hit a double in the los.

Against Minico, Blackfoot rallied late, scoring four runs in the bottom of seventh before leaving the tying run at first base.

After a solo home run from Emerson Stucki in the bottom of the sixth, Joe Maddox hit a 3-RBI double to get Blackfoot within two runs. Tyler Giruad then shut the door and recorded the save.

Blackfoot finishes its season 17-16-1.

POCATELLO (AA) 13, BLACKFOOT 1 (5 INNINGS)

Blackfoot 000 01 — 1 5 0

Pocatello 130 9X — 13 12 0

BLACKFOOT — Pitchers: Peyton Whitaker 3 IP, 75 P, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, K, 3 BB, HBP, WP; Chase Turner 0.1 IP, 18 P, H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, HBP; Bensom Isom 0.2 IP, 15 P, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, HBP. Leading hitters: Jace Jorgensen 1-2, 2B; Emerson Stucki 2-2; Rhys Pope 1-3, RBI.

POCATELLO — Pitchers: Luke Grow 5 IP, 81 P, 5 H, R, ER, 4 K, 2 BB, WP. Leading hitters: Quinton Standley 4-4, 6 RBIs, 2B; Cleaves 2-3, 3 R; Trent Cooper 1-4, R, 3 RBIs.

MINICO 7, BLACKFOOT 5

Minico 004 011 1 — 7 11 1

Blackfoot 000 001 4 — 5 9 1

MINICO — Pitchers: Kobe Matsen 6.2 IP, 95 P, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 10 K, BB, HR, 3 HBP; Tyler Giruad 0.1 IP, 6 P, H. Leading hitters: Rylan Chandler 3-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B; Tazyn Twiss 1-4, 3 RBIs, 2B; Carson Schow 2-4, 2 R, RBI; Mckay Chandler 2-4, 2 RBIs.

BLACKFOOT — Pitchers: Rhys Pope 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 K, 2 HBP; Emerson Stucki 1 IP, 22 P, H, R, ER, K, BB, HBP, WP. Leading hitters: Emerson Stucki 2-4, R, RBI, HR; Joe Maddox 1-4, R, 3 RBIs; Peyton Whitaker 2-3, RBI; Jerod Gough 2-2, R.

TWIN FALLS 5, EAST IDAHO ROCKIES 1: At Minico the Rockies’ season ended following a 5-1 loss to Twin Falls in an elimination game at the Double-A Area C district tournament.

Down 4-0 after the second frame, the Rockies scored their only run in the top of the fifth thanks to a Curtis Drake RBI single to score Trey Armstrong. Drake finished 2 for 3 for the Rockies, who finish their season 14-22-1.

TWIN FALLS 5, EAST IDAHO ROCKIES 1

East Idaho 000 010 0 — 1 6 1

Twin Falls 040 100 X — 5 9 0

EAST IDAHO — Pitchers: Moki Jensen 1.1 IP, 42 P, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, WP, HBP; Curtis Drake 4.2 IP, 62 P, 4 H, R, ER, 2 K, 2 BB. Leading hitters: Curtis Drake 2-3, RBI; Davis Berry 1-2, 2B.

TWIN FALLS — Pitchers: Lucas Young 6.1 IP, 76 P, 6 H, R, ER, 2 K, 5 BB. Leading hitters: Connor Root 3-4, R, RBI, 2B; Anthony Scholes 2-3, R, RBI, 2B.

IDAHO FALLS (A) TIGERS 9, SKYLINE (A) GRIZZLIES 1; IDAHO FALLS 9, SKYLINE 4: At Idaho Falls, the Tigers Single-A team swept District 91 rival Skyline to extend their win streak to 26 games.

During game one, the Tigers had a a six-run sixth inning. Jaxon Cherry went 3 for 3 with a double.

In game two, Idaho Falls scored eight of their nine runs in the bottom of the second and fifth — dominating Skyline with four extra base hits.

Braxton Ball finished 2 for 4 at the plate with a double and a solo home run. Jaxon Sorenson knocked in a double and a triple during his three plate appearances for the Tigers (33-6).

IDAHO FALLS (A) TIGERS 9, SKYLINE (A) GRIZZLIES 1

Skyline 001 000 0 — 1 7 2

Idaho Falls 020 106 X — 9 9 0

SKYLINE — Pitchers: Aaron Nelson 6 IP, 96 P, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, K, 5 BB, 2 HBP, BK. Leading hitters: Chandler Robinson 3-4.

IDAHO FALLS — Pitchers: Chris Dompier 5 IP, 73 P, 6 H, R, ER, K, 3 BB; Zach Bridges 1 IP, 30 P, K, 3 BB; Kaleb Belknap 1 IP, 14 P, H. Leading hitters: Jaxon Cherry 3-3, R, RBI, 2B; Bradley Thompson 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 2B.

IDAHO FALLS 9, SKYLINE 4

Skyline 010 012 0 — 4 2 4

Idaho Falls 040 041 X — 9 11 1

SKYLINE — Pitchers: Korbin Bauer 3 IP, 43 P, 4 H, 4 R, ER, K, BB, HR; Ryan Horvath 1.2 IP, 31 P, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, WP; Logan Taggart 1.1 IP, 21 P, H, R, ER, 2 K, 2 BB. Leading hitters: Colton Cushman 1-2, R, 2 RBIs, 2B.

IDAHO FALLS — Pitchers: Zack Lee 4.2 IP, 89 P, 2 R, 2 ER, K, 6 BB, HBP, WP; Kaleb Belknap 2.1 IP, 29 P, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K, BB. HBP. Leading hitters: Braxton Ball 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs, HR, 2B; Jaxon Sorenson 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 3B; Dylan Seeley 3-4, 2 R.

High school rodeo

At Rock Springs, Wyo., Rigby’s Hayden Erickson continued his consistent performances in reined cow horse at the National High School Finals Rodeo.

Erickson was eighth in Friday morning’s performance with 281.5 points, putting him tied for 35th in the second go-round and tied for 29th in the average with a cumulative score of 566.5 through two performances. Rexburg’s Cassidee Wood is 53rd in the average with a cumulative score of 548.5.

Challis’s Kade Bruno was one of five cowboys to stay on for the required eight seconds in Friday night’s saddle bronc performance, receiving a score of 56 to put him at 19th in the second go-round standings and 35th in the average. Salmon’s Jake Kesl is currently 25th in the bareback average and 34th in the saddle bronc average as of 10 p.m. Friday.

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