Capital beats Rocky Mountain in 11 innings to complete sweep

The Eagles score three runs in the final frame; take control of 5A SIC.

tphibbs@idahostatesman.comApril 19, 2014 

Capital took full control of the 5A SIC with a thrilling 7-4 win against Rocky Mountain in 11 innings on April 19, 2014.

TREVOR PHIBBS — tphibbs@idahostatesman.com

MERIDIAN - With two outs in the top of the 11th inning, Capital High's Conner Poulson looked perplexed.

He was uncomfortable enough to step out of the batter's box, prompting his coach to search for a bat. Not just any bat - the lucky bat.

"It got mixed up, and it got sent to the wrong dugout," Capital coach Jerry Hollow said. "We were looking all over for it, and then we realized (Rocky Mountain) had it."

As it turned out, Poulson didn't need the bat. Rocky Mountain intentionally walked him, Sam Wong reached on a third-strikepassed ball, and Nolan Jekich provided a two-run triple as Capital beat Rocky Mountain 7-4 on Friday.

"I tracked it the whole way and kept my hands in and went through the ball," Jekich said. "We put a lot into the Capital baseball program. We came here to compete."

Said Hollow: "What I liked about tonight - we stuck together. We had some adversity, we had some mistakes base running-wise, but you know what, we picked each other up. ... It's a great win for us."

The Eagles (13-3, 12-2) have a one-game cushion in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference with series against Mountain View and Meridian remaining. The Grizzlies (12-6, 10-4) have a critical matchup against Eagle next week to potentially determine the No. 2 seed, assuming Capital doesn't falter.

"You can't be satisfied with what you did yesterday because tomorrow is a whole new challenge,'' Hollow said. "Mountain View is a well-coached team, and they're battling for the same things we are, so we cannot let up. You've got to bring it every night."

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Capital loaded the bases with two outs on a fielder's choice from Jacob Foley and consecutive hits by Jekich and Poulson. Wong followed with a bases-clearing double for a 3-1 advantage.

The Grizzlies quickly grabbed one run back in the bottom of the fifth on Jackson Cluff's sacrifice fly before eventually capturing the 4-3 lead in the sixth on Isaiah Johnson's two-run single.

Johnson was the first batter Colbi Paul faced after relieving starter Garret Pearson. The left-hander dealt flames afterward - striking out four and surrendering two hits in five scoreless innings.

Capital completed the two-game sweep of Rocky Mountain, including a 3-2 victory Wednesday in Boise.

"We're always looking forward to the next day," Jekich said. "This is obviously big for us, but everyday gets bigger."

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