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West Jefferson softball wins 2A district 6 title, beats Firth twice

At Tautphaus Park, the West Jefferson High School softball team won the 2A District 6 title after beating North Fremont 12-2 in six innings, in an elimination game, and then Firth 12-9 and 10-8.

It is the Panthers’ second straight trip to the 2A state tournament, as Firth earned the second seed from District 6 in this year’s tournament.

During its 10-8 win, West Jefferson rallied late, scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth before closing the door on Firth in the seventh.

Tia Pancheri went 1 for 3 with a double, as West Jefferson finished with eight hits. Firth finished with 10 hits and six errors.

During the Panther’s 12-9 win, they jumped out to a 10-7 lead after the firth frame and held on to win. They finished with 14 hits and four errors. Firth — led by Kelsey Cardenas 4 for 5 day at the plate — finished with 12 hits and five errors.

“Firth was up and we had to battle back,” West Jefferson assistant coach Jalena Dixon said. “They had true grit to come back and take that from them. It was amazing to see.”

Firth plays Friday at OK Ward Park in Pocatello. First pitch is at 11 a.m. West Jefferson plays Friday at 9 a.m.

WEST JEFFERSON 10, FIRTH 8

Firth 212 102 0 — 8 10 6

West Jefferson 400 006 X — 10 8 6

FIRTH — Pitchers: Megan Jolley 1 IP, 25 P, 4 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 6 BB; Kelsey Cardenas 5 IP, 54 P, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, K, 4 BB. Leading hitters: Mac 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 2B; Kate Leslie 2-5, RBI; Kylee Barker 1-4, R, 3B.

WEST JEFFERSON — Pitchers: J’Mae Torgerson 3 IP, 57 P, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER; Tia Pancheri 4 IP, 58 P, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB. Leading hitters: M. Rogers 2-4, R, 3 RBIs; Tia Pancheri 1-3, R, 2 RBIs, 2B; E. Allen 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B.

WEST JEFFERSON 12, FIRTH 9

West Jefferson 136 110 0 — 12 14 4

FIRTH 124 002 0 — 9 12 5

WEST JEFFERSON — Pitchers: J’Mae Torgerson 7 IP, 99 P, 12 H, 9 R, 7 R, K, 2 BB. Leading hitters: B. Mason 3-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B, 3B; S. Brown 3-5, 3 R, RBI; E. Allen 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs.

FIRTH — Pitchers: Megan Jolley 2 IP, 58 P, 5 H, 9 R, 4 ER, K, BB; Bailey Steele 0.1 IP, 13 P, R, ER, 2 BB; Kelsey Cardenas 4.2 IP, 64 P, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, K, BB. Leading hitters: Emily Vasquez 2-4, 2 R; Kelsey Cardenas 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBIs, 3B; Kylee Barker 1-4, R, 2 RBIs.

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