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State baseball roundup: Fruitland, Nampa Christian win titles

4A: BLACKFOOT 4, TWIN FALLS 0

Blackfoot blanked the defending champion Bruins on Saturday, winning the first baseball state championship in school history. The Broncos (22-5) got all the runs they needed with four scores in the first inning, as Dylan Mansanarez and Andrew Hatch combined for the shutout. Hatch also had a pair of hits. Twin Falls twice loaded the bases, but could not convert.

3A: FRUITLAND 6, SHELLEY 4

Fruitland scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead on Shelley, which turned out to be just enough cushion for the championship in Ontario, Ore. The Grizzlies won their second in a row and sixth in the past eight years, while Fruitland finished 19-8.

2A: NAMPA CHRISTIAN 5, OROFINO 0

Steve Tiersma capped off the Trojans’ championship season with a shutdown effort on the mound, throwing the two-hit shutout while striking out 10 Maniacs at Rodeo Park in Nampa. Orofino blanked Nampa Christian in last year’s championship game. It was the third straight appearance in the title game for Nampa Christian (20-6), but its first victory since 2009.

1A: GENESEE 25, POTLATCH 1 (5)

A gargantuan 18-run fourth inning lifted the Bulldogs to their win in the state title game in five innings. The Bulldogs (22-2) lost in last year’s championship game. Garrett Borth had a double, a triple and drove in five runs for Genesee in the rout.

CAPITAL TAKES THIRD

The defending state champs scored three runs in the top of the first inning and held on to finish third at the 5A tournament. Hillcrest (20-12) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and put the tying run on third base. But Capital (16-13) pitcher Drew Zmuda induced a game-ending grounder to shortstop to preserve the win.

MERIDIAN WINS CONSOLATION TITLE

• The Warriors (18-13) broke out for seven runs in the third inning to rout Lake City 11-3 in the 5A consolation final. Tyler Hollingsworth hit a three-run double in the frame, and Hayden Harris followed with a three-run triple.



• Earlier Saturday, Meridian knocked out Rocky Mountain (27-2), which entered the tournament undefeated, 3-2 on Jack Borton’s two-out, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh.



• Skyview rebounded from a tough 2-1 loss to Twin Falls in Friday’s semifinals with a 11-1 rout of Moscow in five innings to take third in the 4A tournament. ... Emmett’s baseball team won the 3A consolation title with a 10-0 win over Snake River. ... New Plymouth took third in the 2A tournament, beating St. Maries 3-1 in nine innings.



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