By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
The Indian girls had a great week, sweeping Pocatello on the road and splitting with Blackfoot at home. But on Saturday, May 3, Century ended their season in a district play-in elimination game.
The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and Preston tied it up in the top of the fourth, when Kameron Swainston brought home Megan Porter. Century got some timely hits and boosted the score to 4-1 in the fifth.
“Preston girls were hitting with no strikeouts on the day,” said coach Ashley Larsen. “We just were not hitting the ball solid enough or strong enough to get that timely hit that we needed.”
In the sixth Preston looked to change that. With bases loaded and no outs the Indians were hoping to score.
“Sadie Garner hit a pop fly to right,” Larsen said. “We thought the ball was going to fall short, but a Century right fielder caught it and threw to first for the second out. After everything was done the Diamondbacks got a triple play, a coach’s worst nightmare. This was a complete coaching error by me. I tell the girls all the time to stay focused and this time it was me that got caught off guard. I feel bad that I, as a coach, potentially lost the game for my girls, who have worked so hard. I hope I learn from this experience to always stay mentally aware of what may happen.”
On May 1, Preston lost the first game to Blackfoot 16-12 and prevailed in the second 12-10.
“Both teams were hitting the ball hard and making big plays on the defensive side,” Larsen said. “We had good hits by our team and Porter provided excellent pitching. We were up by five when the sixth inning came around and we let some things slip with defensive errors.”
This story is sponsored by Marc Gibbs.
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