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Idaho Falls baseball goes back-to-back, wins 4A District 5-6 title

Cannon Thompson pitches during the 4A District 5-6 baseball championship between Idaho Falls High School and Blackfoot High at Melaleuca Field on Friday, May 11, 2018. Idaho Falls defeated Blackfoot 10-0. John Roark/ jroark@postregiter.com

By LUKE O’ROARK | @LukeORoark
Loroark@postregister.com

Jogging towards the infield after the final putout of the 4A District 5-6 baseball championship game, an Idaho Falls outfielder called out to his teammates.

“Too easy, fellas,” they said audibly. “Too easy.”

A district title game too easy? The Tigers surely made winning their second straight district title seem like it, beating Blackfoot 10-0 in five frames Friday at Melaleuca Field.

Idaho Falls’ Benson Packer slides into first base safe as Blackfoot’s Joseph Maddox jumps for a wild throw during the 4A District 5-6 baseball championship between Idaho Falls High School and Blackfoot High at Melaleuca Field on Friday, May 11, 2018. Idaho Falls defeated Blackfoot 10-0. John Roark/ jroark@postregiter.com

“If you could map a list of horror stories in a championship game … You could check off all of them,” Blackfoot coach Liam Pope said. “Errors? Check. Bad at-bats? Check. Not holding their base runners closely enough? Check. Everything that we’ve coached and preached the whole season looks like it went out of the air tonight and I don’t know if we got tight or tense or what, but the scoreline says everything the scoreline’s gotta say.”

If the Broncos were amid a nightmare, the Tigers were dreaming comfortably on the home field where they’ll host this year’s 4A state baseball tournament.

After scoring five runs in the first two frames, the Tigers drove in four runs — including two from a Jaxon Sorenson line drive to center fielder in the third — to take a 9-0 edge over the Broncos.

Dillon Lenon then finished the game early: hitting a double in the bottom of the fourth to score Benson Packer and give Idaho Falls a 10-run lead.

“I just don’t want this season to end so let’s just get as far as we can,” said Lenon, who finished 2 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs. “I’m kind of an emotional guy, so I don’t want it to end.”

In a game that pitted 4A District 5-6’s best offense (Idaho Falls) against the conference’s best defense (Blackfoot), offense won out handily.

The Tigers got on the board early thanks to RBIs from Andrew Gregersen, Caden White and Cannon Thompson. The RBIs kept coming, as the Tigers’ first six batters combined for 11 hits. They finished with 12 total hits.

Idaho Fall’s Braxton Ball runs to third base during the 4A District 5-6 baseball championship between Idaho Falls High School and Blackfoot High at Melaleuca Field on Friday, May 11, 2018. Idaho Falls defeated Blackfoot 10-0. John Roark/ jroark@postregiter.com

“I came in as a freshman just trying to do my role and contribute to the team any way possible,” said Sorenson, who finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs and closed out Friday’s game on the mound. “Whether fielding baseball in the outfield or infield, doing what I can at the plate. It feels amazing.”

The Tigers’ offense kept producing, and Blackfoot kept making mistakes. The Broncos committed five errors as rain drizzled onto Melaleuca Field.

The Broncos also left six runners stranded, including three in the top of the fourth. With the bases juiced, Thompson struck out Carter Cooper. Payson Mills then was called out at second during the next at-bat — the final scoring chance for Blackfoot Friday.

“I was really proud of our approach at the plate. We hit some balls really, really hard today and that’s kind of our m.o. right now and they have a great approach and it’s time to carry that into next week,” said Idaho Falls coach Pat Lloyd, who will become the Tigers’ athletic director after the season. Trent Johnson will replace Lloyd next spring, District 91 announced Friday morning.

“Right now, I’m proud of what we’ve done as a team. After tonight and next week then you’ll see more of the emotion. Right now, I’m enjoying it and trying to stay in the moment,” Lloyd added, as players tried to dump water on him mid interview.

Idaho Falls (20-6) begins the 4A state tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. while Blackfoot plays the same day at 1 p.m.

IDAHO FALLS 10, BLACKFOOT 0 (5 INNINGS)

Blackfoot 000 00 — 0 4 5

Idaho Falls 324 1X — 10 12 0

BLACKFOOT — Pitchers: Cayden Cornell 1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER; Kyson Van Orden 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, ER, BB; Juan Pimentel 0.2 IP K, 2 BB; Chase Turner 0.2 IP, H, K. Leading hitters: Jarod Gough 2-3; Joseph Maddox 1-3; Caleb Wilson 1-3.

IDAHO FALLS — Pitchers: Cannon Thompson 4 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 5 K; Jaxon Sorenson 1 IP, H, K. Leading hitters: Jaxon Sorenson 3-3, 2 RBIs; Andrew Gregersen 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Cannon Thompson 2-4, R, RBI, 2B; Dillon Lenon 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 2B; Caden White 1-3, 2 RBIs; Jackson Madsen 1-2, 2 R, RBI; Braxton Ball 1-2, R.

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