By Jeremy MCDonald
TWIN FALLS, Idaho– The Post 58 Crushers settled back down in their second of two games Friday evening at the College of Southern Idaho when they played the American Legion Double-A squad of Twin Falls.
Silverton’s Robbie Brockamp picked up where fellow Fox pitcher Carson Waples left off in Game 1, their defense resettled in against the well-hitting Cowboys. Bending, but not breaking after how their first game ended.
In their 7-3 defeat to Twin Falls to open the doubleheader, Twin Falls slowly pulled away. Turning a 3-1 deficit after a Tanner Manning (Regis) three-run shot in the Top half of the fifth-inning into their final result over the course of the final two innings.
“I felt like we were jetlagged a little bit in the first game, so we were getting used to the air and how everything feels. In the second game we were more used to it so we were ready to go,” Brockamp said.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 3-0 lead going into the third inning. But after a two-run inning, thanks to an RBI hit from Owen Stalnaker (Western Christian) and Manning scoring on a pass-ball, the Crushers were back in business.
Eventually the Oregon squad would tie the game up at four going into the bottom half of the fifth inning while the Post 58 defense were in the middle of a three-inning long shutout run.
“It was great to see that. I feel like that’s one of our strong suits as a team, I feel like we just need to capitalize on the opportunities,” Brockamp starts. “We had three shutout innings, we need to capitalize more with the bats. But I mean, our pitching is great, we just need to capitalize.”
Carson Avram and Wyatt Solosabal held the Crushers to two, two-run innings during the second game as they set-up their offense with Twin Falls for the final push going into the bottom of the seventh.
Something that they took advantage of, capping the 5-4 win at the Junior College campus Friday.
And yet. As painful as the second game was, it is momentum for their second pair of doubleheaders Saturday back in Twin Falls when they play the Twin Falls Blackhawks.
“This is going to be huge. If throughout our depth (of our pitching staff), we can keep the consistency we can win the rest of them I believe. If we can find the bats and keep our defense solid with the pitching,” Brockamp said.
Brockamp struck out three while Waples struck out four in five innings pitching. Manning led the offense with five hits and 4RBI’s.
The Saturday twin-bill starts at 6pm at Canyon Ridge High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald