4A baseball: Bonneville defeats Skyview for title, undefeated season

Bonneville finishes the season 26-0

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comMay 19, 2013 

— With a mountain of pressure on his shoulders in the biggest at-bat of his career, Chance Reese smiled as he walked to the plate.

Reese's Bonneville Bees were tied 4-4 with Skyview with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning of the 4A state championship game.

Teammate Tanner Smith stood on second. With one well-placed rip down the third-base line, Reese's double gave Bonneville the go-ahead run, and pitcher Jalen Fuhriman's perfect seventh inning clinched a perfect season for the Bees in a 5-4 win.

"I knew I was going to get a hit," Reese said. "… when I got up the plate and knew it was this big of a game, I thought, 'I've got to get it and there's no shot I'm not.'"

Bonneville won during the regular season with timely hits, and did so in the state tournament. Fuhriman had a game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth in a 3-2 win in the opener against Twin Falls on Thursday.

On Saturday, Reese was Bonneville's No. 9 hitter.

"It's always someone different, and they thrive off it - Chance coming through … he did such a good job battling, getting the ball down the line and getting such a big run," Bonneville coach Joldy Watts said.

The Bees won their first baseball state title in more than 20 years, and Skyview (18-8), seeking its first baseball championship, certainly made them work for it.

After Bonneville took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Skyview put six batters in a row on base with one out in the top of the second, scoring all four of their runs.

"They're fighters, they compete, they're not scared of anyone," Skyview coach Ryan Bobo said.

Pitcher Casey Bennett had a two-RBI single in the second inning, but was stranded on third. In the fifth inning, Skyview again threatened with runners on second and third and no outs. However, Rhys Vickers was thrown out at home on a fielders' choice, Fuhriman struck out Matt Lightfoot for the second out, then got Zach Babneau to pop out to center field.

"We were going on a contact play, try to put a little pressure on them, but they executed, and that's part of the reason they're undefeated," Bobo said.

Fuhriman struck out nine, giving Bonneville's trio of starting pitchers - Fuhriman, Kohl Hostert and Lincoln Clayton - 27 strikeouts in their three state tournament games.

Bennett struck out six, but dealt four walks. He had allowed only seven prior to Saturday's game.

BISHOP KELLY 8, EMMETT 5

Bishop Kelly faced a 2-0 deficit in the first inning, but bounced back with four runs in the second inning and never trailed again in the third-place game.

Six different Bishop Kelly (24-4) batters drove in runs; Emmett finishes 14-15.

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