Varsity Extra: Timberline baseball wins district title; 5A softball suspended

Bishop Kelly claims 4A district crown

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMay 10, 2013 

  • BK SOFTBALL DOWNS KUNA 4-1 FOR TITLE

    Bishop Kelly's Taylor Falkner surrendered only one run on five hits to help the Knights (17-5) capture the 4A District Three title.

    Falkner struck out two with no walks to earn the win despite playing through sickness. With Kuna (15-7) leading 1-0 in the fourth, Sheridian Meyer's two-run single put Bishop Kelly up 2-1, and the Knights never looked back.

    Delaney Atkins and Gabbi Harrington hit solo home runs in the sixth, adding insurance and pushing Bishop Kelly's lead to three before Falkner pitched a scoreless seventh. Nicole Arizana struck out five for Kuna.

    Statesman staff

  • DISTRICT TITLES ON THE LINE

    Tennis

    • 5A: Championship matches start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Julia Davis.

    • 4A: Championship matches start at 2 p.m. Saturday at Caldwell High.

    • 3A: Championship matches start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Parma High.

    Softball

    • 5A: Eagle and Rocky Mountain resume their title game at 4 p.m. Friday at Centennial High. .

    • 2A: The title game is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at New Plymouth High. Teams are TBD.

    Track & Field

    • 5A: Finals begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Rocky Mountain.

    • 4A: Finals begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Emmett.

    • 2A: Finals begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Plymouth.

    Baseball

    • 4A: Bishop Kelly (22-2) vs. Skyview (15-7), 6 p.m. Friday at Mountain Home High.

Update: Eagle edged Rocky Mountain 4-3 in the ninth inning when the game resumed Friday afternoon.

The sun was making its last stand in the western sky when officials and coaches from both teams gathered at home plate.

After a minute or two of discussion, the call was made: The outcome of the 5A District Three softball championship game would have to wait another day.

The crowd let out a collective groan, and players from Eagle and Rocky Mountain could be heard issuing their distaste for the decision.

"It is going to be real tough, but I think it is probably the best opportunity for the kids to come out and compete and end this great game having great light," Rocky Mountain coach Brian White said. "Right now (the light) is just suspect. You don't want to end it with a bad play because of the light."

Citing player safety because there are no lights surrounding Centennial High's softball field, officials decided to resume the title showdown at 4 p.m. Friday.

The game was tied 3-3 through eight innings of play. Friday's action will start with Rocky Mountain at bat in the top of the ninth inning and a runner on second base as part of the international tiebreaker rule.

Both teams did all their scoring Thursday in the first and third innings. Rocky took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Sydney Cluff, and Eagle answered by scoring two runs in its half of the inning on an unusual series of events.

Rocky caught Eagle's MacKenzi Corta in a pickle between first and second, but quickly had to turn its focus to Eagle's Justeen Simons, who ran in from third and dived face-first to steal home.

As the Grizzlies were lamenting the lost out, Corta continued to round the bases, and stole home as well for a 2-1 Eagle lead.

Rocky Mountain shortstop Rachel Nebel led off the top of the third inning with a home run over the left-field fence. Senior catcher Taylor Nate followed with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch to put Rocky back in front 3-2.

The final score of the day went to Eagle's Bentli Corta. The sophomore reached on a walk in the bottom of the third, moved to second on a sacrifice by Simons and later stole home on a wild pitch.

Both teams used two pitchers Thursday, and could use any combination of the two when play continues Friday.

Senior left fielder Ashley Moulton - who bats seventh - will be the first up to the plate for the Grizzlies. Eagle will have senior shortstop MacKenzi Corta, who bats second - as its first batter.

The teams combined for 10 hits through eight innings, and Rocky Mountain's Cluff and Eagle's Simons led the way with two hits apiece.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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