From the Idaho State Journal
Diamondbacks’ offense explodes for 14 runs in win over Indians
Five games in six days. That is what the Century High School baseball team had in front of them when the week began. After beating Blackfoot on Monday, the Diamondbacks had a 4A Fifth District matchup with Preston on Wednesday at Halliwell Park, which set the table for Friday’s regular season district finale with Pocatello. With a win, the Diamondbacks would still have a shot to earn the No. 1 seed for next week’s district tournament. A loss and Pocatello would be the No. 1 seed. The Diamondbacks were determined not to lose. Century’s offense scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 14-3, five inning win over Preston. “We came out wanting to jump on them as fast as possible,” Century pitcher Matt Terry said.
“Obviously the first inning runs carry out through the whole game and that’s what we were focused on.” Century sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, with Preston Wells’ two-RBI triple being the biggest of the Diamondbacks’ two RBI hits in the inning. The Diamondbacks pounded the ball to right side of the field in the first inning. Each of the first six Century batters hit the ball that direction.
“That pitcher was heavy outside corner,” Terry said of Preston starter Karingtyn Hobbs. “You just have to go with it.” Terry started the game for Century and held Preston hitless for the first two innings before running into a little bit of trouble in the third. After a leadoff walk, Tyler White hit a double to deep center field, driving home Colton Draney. White scored on an RBI single by Brayden Jorgensen three pitches later. That was all the offense Preston had in the game’s first four innings.
The Diamondbacks’ offense went back to work in the third inning, sending eight more batters to the plate. Century got RBI singles from Scott Lyle and Braedon Leiby and RBI doubles from Terry and Zach Bristol to build the lead to 10-2 after three innings. Century sent nine more batters to the plate in the fourth inning, getting RBI doubles from Bristol and Braden Palmer and a sacrifice fly from Cameron Moon to put the 10-run rule into effect. Terry took the mound in the fifth looking to get the final three outs needed to finish his complete game effort. After getting White to line out to first base to start the inning, Terry looked to have every thing under control. But the Indians had other ideas. Jorgensen singled and scored on Baker Ward’s RBI double. Tyson Hall singled to put runners at first and third with one out.
Visibly frustrated by the innings events, Terry had a 1-2 count on Jason Wade before a pitch got away from him and hit Wade on the helmet to load the bases. Preston could not get a run across as Terry struck out the final two batters to end the game. “It’s never fun when you walk a few people and they get a few hits and then you walk another one,” Terry said. “Walks are the most angering thing as a pitcher.” Terry finished his complete game with nine strikeouts allowing six hits and three runs. Palmer led the Century offense going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Leiby and Bristol each added two hits and two RBI. Jorgensen and Hall each went 2-for-2 for Preston.
The Indians play South Fremont today at 4:30 p.m. Century (10-5, 2-1 4A Fifth District) now heads into a critical game with Pocatello on Friday. “Friday means a lot,” Terry said. “It means the first seed in the district championship. Poky is a really good team and we are a really good team, it’s going to be a really good battle between us.” First pitch between the Indians and Diamondbacks is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday at Halliwell Park.
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