Timberline wins, Rocky Mountain, Borah, Eagle fall at 5A state tournament

By Statesman staff

Highland’s Zac Arzola tags out Rocky Mountain’s Michael Abraham in a run-down between third and home in the sixth inning of Highland’s 3-1 win in the first round of the 5A state baseball playoffs on Thursday morning at Memorial Stadium. Photo: Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman

5A BASEBALL

• Highland 3, Rocky Mountain 1

• Timberline 4, Boise 1

• Madison 2, Borah 1

• Coeur d’Alene 6, Eagle 5

Highland 3, Rocky Mountain 1
Photo gallery from Highland-Rocky Mountain

Highland lefthander Bo Burrup struck out nine against the defending state champions — including the side in the seventh inning — to lead the Rams to the semifinals.

Burrup, a BYU commit, is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth created by three defensive mistakes behind him, allowing one unearned run. And he struck out J.T. Strickler to end the game with a man on base and Rocky Mountain star Mason Smith (0-for-3) on deck.

“We knew he was good,” Rocky Mountain coach Jake Taylor said. “We had to compete better today at the plate than we did.”

The Grizzlies (23-5) lost just twice during the regular season but finished fifth in the District Three tournament and lost in the opener at state.

The Rams (23-3) take the best record in the tournament to the semifinals. They scored their runs on five hits and two errors by pitcher Johnny McNerney in the first two innings. Aaron Pope was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Timberline celebrates a first-inning run against Boise in the 5A state baseball playoffs on Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Photo: Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman

Timberline 4, Boise 1

Photo gallery from Timberline-Boise

Timberline pitcher Cody Price scattered seven hits and Michael Stefanic hit two RBI singles to lead the Wolves. Boise was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

District Three champion Timberline plays Highland in Friday’s first semifinal.

Madison 2, Borah 1
Chase McWhorter bounced a bases-loaded single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bobcats (11-12) the win.
Borah led 1-0 going into the final inning. Madison tied it moments before McWhorter’s game-winner.

4A BASEBALL

• Emmett 5, Minico 4

• Skyview 7, Blackfoot 3

• Bishop Kelly 16, Moscow 0 (5)

• Bonneville 3, Twin Falls 2

Emmett 5, Minico 4

After the Minico Spartans nearly erased a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the sixth, Emmett pitcher Porter Gustin struck out Daniel Freiburger to end the game with the tying run on third.

Gunnar Gustin had three hits, including a triple and a home run, for Emmett. Stetzen Wrigley homered for Minico.

Skyview 7, Blackfoot 3

Trailing 3-1 entering the sixth inning, the Skyview Hawks got their first eight batters on base — getting extra-base hits from Tanner Ashworth and Matt Lightfoot — and scored six runs in the bottom of the frame to get the win.

Seven different Skyview batters registered at least one hit. Colby Pearson struck out seven on the mound for Blackfoot, and also had a pair of hits.

Bishop Kelly 16, Moscow 0 (5 innings)

Derek Thompson had three of Bishop Kelly’s six home runs in a shutout of the Moscow Bears.

Thompson drove in eight runs and went 4-for-4 on the day. Bowen Ogata hit a pair of home runs for the Knights with four RBIs. Robby Degen, who got the win on the mound, hit the other home run for the Knights.

Moscow had only two hits in the loss.

Bonneville 3, Twin Falls 2
Jalen Fuhriman drove in Kohl Hostert on an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, then Lincoln Clayton put down the Bruins in order to seal the win and keep Bonneville unbeaten.

Fuhriman also homered in the win, while Clayton also had an RBI single.

3A BASEBALL

• Kimberly 10, Timberlake 0 (5)

• Snake River 7, Payette 0

• Priest River 17, South Fremont 1 (5)

• Fruitland 12, Bear Lake 0 (5)

2A BASEBALL

• St. Maries 8, Melba 6

• Grangeville 2, Malad 1

• Nampa Christian 11, Firth 4

• New Plymouth 24, Wendell 7 (5)

SOFTBALL (all games start Friday)

5A state tournament

at Ramsey Park, Coeur d’Alene

Game 1: Highland (20-5) vs. Coeur d’Alene (18-8), 10 a.m.

Game 2: Eagle (24-1) vs. Centennial (12-13), noon

Game 3: Lake City (24-0) vs. Rocky Mountain (18-7), 10 a.m.

Game 4: Skyline (18-6) vs. Boise (18-7), noon

4A state tournament

at Post Falls High

Game 1: Twin Falls vs. Skyview (19-6-1), 10 a.m.

Game 2: Bishop Kelly (17-5) vs. Century (15-9), noon

Game 3: Lakeland (15-8) vs. Kuna (15-7), 10 a.m.

Game 4: Blackfoot (21-1) vs. Canyon Ridge, noon

3A state tournament

at Buhl High

Game 1: Bear Lake vs. Buhl, 9 a.m.

Game 2: Teton (18-1) vs. Homedale, 11 a.m.

Game 3: Filer vs. Shelley, 9 a.m.

Game 4: Fruitland vs. Timberlake (12-6), 11 a.m.

2A state tournament

at Orofino High

Game 1: Malad vs. St. Maries (8-15), 9 a.m.

Game 2: West Jefferson (11-5-1) vs. McCall-Donnelly, 11 a.m.

Game 3: Orofino vs. New Plymouth (16-7), 9 a.m.

Game 4: Wendell (15-9) vs. Soda Springs, 11 a.m.

1A state tournament

at Lewiston High

Game 1: Prairie vs. Greenleaf, 1 p.m.

Game 2: Horseshoe Bend (20-2) vs. Genesee, 1 p.m.

TENNIS

5A state tournament

Friday: Boys doubles (8 a.m., Timberline), girls doubles (9:30 a.m., Timberline), mixed doubles (11 a.m., Timberline). Girls singles at Julia Davis Park (8 a.m. top half of bracket, 9:30 a.m. bottom half of bracket). Boys singles at Appleton Tennis Center (8 a.m. top half of bracket, 9:30 a.m. bottom half of bracket).

4A state tournament

Friday: Boys singles (8 a.m., Boise Racquet & Swim Club), girls singles (9:30 a.m., Boise Racquet & Swim Club), mixed doubles (11 a.m., Boise Racquet & Swim Club). Girls doubles at Capital High (8 a.m. top half of bracket, 9:30 a.m. bottom half of bracket). Boys doubles at Borah High (8 a.m. top half of bracket, 9:30 a.m. bottom half of bracket)

3A state tournament

Friday: Boys singles (8 a.m., Vallivue High), girls singles (8 a.m., Vallivue High), girls doubles (9:30 a.m., Vallivue High), boys doubles (8 a.m., Caldwell High), mixed doubles (9:30 a.m., Caldwell High).

TRACK AND FIELD

5A/4A state meets

at Eagle High

Friday: Field events begin at 11 a.m., running events begin at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Field events begin at 10 a.m., running events begin at 1 p.m.

3A/2A/1A state meets

at Middleton High

Friday: Field events begin at 9 a.m., running events begin at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Field events begin at 9 a.m., running events begin at 12:30 p.m.

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