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Bonneville advances to 5A championship game, May 18 baseball round up

At Borah, the Bonneville High School baseball team punched their ticket to this year’s 5A state championship game, beating Lewiston in dominate fashion, 11-1.

Bonneville High School players celebrate after Caden Christensen scored as they take on Idaho Falls High School at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

The Bees scored three quick runs in the bottom of the first before taking a 6-1 lead after the third.

From there, the Bees tacked on five more runs to meet Timberline in this year’s 5A state championship. It is Timberline’s second-straight 5A championship appearance. It’s Bonneville’s first since 2013 when it was a 4A program.

“Our offense has stepped up,” Bonneville coach Ryan Alexander said by phone. “We been making plays and our defense has been aggressive. It’s been fun.”

A year after losing in to Rocky Mountain in the second round, Bonneville has reached the 5A championship thanks to athleticism, aggressive base running and one of the better rotations in Idaho. Caden Christensen got the win on the mound Friday, allowing three hits and three walks in six innings of work. He allowed just one earned run and struck out two.

Alexander also complimented outfielder Jordan Perez, Andrew Olaveson and his team’s bench Friday over the phone. Olaveson went 2 for 2 with two RBIs against Lewiston.

“This year’s team has their own identity with their quickness and athleticism,” Alexander said.

“They earned the right to play in this game and hopefully we can finish it out,” he added.

First pitch against Timberline is 6 p.m at Borah High School.

BONNEVILLE 11, LEWISTON 1 (6 INNINGS)

Lewiston 001 000 — 1 3 1

Bonneville 303 041 — 11 10 0

LEWISTON — Pitchers: Bill Alspach 3 IP, 72 P, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 K, 4 BB; Mitch Miller 2 IP, 4o P, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, K, 2 BB. Leading hitters: Ryder Shouts 1-3, RBI; George Lopez 1-2, R; Kyle Van Boeyen 1-2.

BONNEVILLE — Pitchers: Caden Christensen 6 IP, 78 P, 3 H, R, ER, 2 K, 3 BB. Leading hitters: Andrew Olaveson 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI; Tom Roybal 2-3, R, 2 RBIs; Bruer Webster 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Wille Nelson 1-3, 2 RBIs.

Other baseball games from around the area:

3A

At Treasure Valley Community College, Teton and South Fremont were eliminated from 3A contention. Payette defeats Teton 14-4 in the consolation bracket. Timberlake defeats South Fremont 9-8 in eight innings.

Teton finishes its season at 12-6. South Fremont finishes its season at 24-4.

PAYETTE 14, TETON 4

TIMBERLAKE 9, SOUTH FREMONT 8

South Fremont 001 0430 0 — 8 12 7

Timberlake 000 0413 1 — 9 8 3

SOUTH FREMONT — Pitchers: Alonzo Gonzalez 4.2 IP, 91 P, 6 H, 4 R, 4 K, 2 BB; Reece Yancey 3 IP, 59 P, 2 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 K, 5 BB. Leading hitters: Alonzo Gonzalez 5-5, R, 4 RBIs, 2 2B; Karter Yancey 1-5, 2 RBIs, 2B.

TIMBERLAKE — Pitchers: Logan McDonald 5 IP, 85 P, 9 H, 5 R, ER, 2 K, 2 BB; Seth Villanpando 3 IP, 56 P, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 K, 4 BB. Leading hitters: Jacob Privitt 3-3, 2 R, RBI; Dustin Smith 2-5, R, 2 RBIs.

2A

At Nampa, Firth defeated 2A conference rival Challis-Mackay 3-0 to advance to the consolation championship.

Firth plays Melba today at 10 a.m. Challis-Mackay finishes its season at 11-7.

No stats were available as of press time.

FIRTH 3, CHALLIS-MACKAY 0

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