Malad rallied and beat Treasure Valley 8-7 in nine innings Tuesday to open the Single-A Legion state tournament at Burley High School.
The Dragons overcame deficits of 2-0, 4-1 and 7-5 to complete the comeback in extras. Grady Combs tied the score at 7-all with a seventh-inning RBI single, and Dillon Haslam plated the go-ahead run with a ninth-inning RBI single.
“They didn’t give up,” Malad coach Russ Wilson said of his team. “They didn’t play quite as well defensively as they have today. It hurt us, but they fought back and there were a few key plays that we made.”
Haslam was the star offensively for the Dragons, going 4 for 6. Traven Ward, Isaiah Finlayson and Tanner Olsen added three hits apiece to aid Malad’s 18-hit barrage.
Finlayson pitched the final six innings to earn the win on the mound. Treasure Valley didn’t score after the fourth.
Wilson was also complimentary of Brayden Deschamps, who entered the game in the fifth inning as a pinch-hitter and finished 2 for 3 with a double. He also made multiple crucial plays in right field, Wilson said.
“He played a key role in the end,” Wilson said. “He really contributed and that made us happy.”
Malad plays Emmett at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the next round.
Fifth inning sinks Razorbacks in loss to Moscow
The Pocatello Razorbacks fell 9-2 to Moscow on Tuesday in the first round of the Single-A Legion state tournament at Burley High School.
Pocatello led 1-0 in the opening frame and was tied 1-1 through four. Then Moscow broke through for six runs in the fifth and tacked on two in the sixth to pull away.
Aaron Kearns and Kobe Holt each had an RBI for the Razorbacks. Kearns finished 2 for 2 with a double.
Pocatello (33-11-1) plays Mountain View at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in a loser-out game.
TUESDAY’S BOX SCORES
MALAD 8, TREASURE VALLEY 7 (9)
Malad 014 010 101 — 8 18 3
Treasure Valley 221 200 000 — 7 11 1
Malad — WP: Finlayson. 2B: Ward, Deschamps.
Treasure Valley — LP: Fitzsimonds. 2B: Fitzsimonds, McHenry.
MOSCOW 9, POCATELLO RAZORBACKS 2
Pocatello 100 010 0 — 2 3 3
Moscow 001 062 x — 9 6 2
Pocatello – LP: Baker. 2B: Kearns.
Moscow — WP: Waters. 2B: Thompson.