The Mountain Home Tigers saw their baseball season end last Wednesday as they lost to Skyview in the third place game of the District III 4A baseball tournament. Earlier in the week, the Tigers lost to Bishop Kelly and beat Caldwell.
Bishop Kelly 10,
Mountain Home 0
Danny Brescia led off the first inning with a single last Monday in the District III 4A semi-finals at Bishop Kelly. It would be Mountain Home's only hit of the game off Knights pitcher Bowen Ogata as Bishop Kelly disposed of the Tigers, 10-0, in five innings.
"Obviously, with us hitting the way we hit, we weren't even touching the guy -- we got one hit," said Tigers head baseball coach Mark Cotton regarding the Bishop Kelly loss. "We made two big errors, and they totally capitalized on those errors."
Alex Rodriguez suffered the loss to drop to 3-7 on the season.
Tigers 7, Cougars 4
The loss to Bishop Kelly put the Tigers in the consolation bracket, where they faced the Caldwell Cougars last Tuesday at Middleton.
Mountain Home battled from behind with a four-run sixth inning to down the Cougars, 7-4, earning a spot against Skyview for third place.
A three-run double by Joe Gutierrez in the bottom of the sixth inning helped the Tigers take the lead and keep it for the win.
"Two out of the last three games we've really shown some heart when we've needed to, and the guys came out tonight and had some clutch hitting and did some things on the bases that we haven't been able to do all year," Cotton said.
Joe Gutierrez and John Kennison both had two hits, Gutierrez added two doubles and three RBIs while Kennison had one RBI. Meanwhile, Jake Hennessey had a double and two RBIs, Skyler Podesek had an RBI-double while Danny Brescia and Jesse Rodriguez also had hits.
Rodriguez picked up the win with over two innings of scoreless relief pitching.
Skyview 7, Tigers 1
The Tigers faced Skyview for third place last Wednesday night at Middleton and came up short in the 1-7 loss.
Mountain Home blew scoring opportunities in the first, second, fourth and sixth, managing just one run as the Hawks pulled away in the fifth and sixth innings to win.
Mountain Home's coach agreed that the blown scoring opportunities changed the complexion of the game.
"We had so many opportunities," the coach said. "We had runners on second and third with no outs in the first and did some things and couldn't execute, and had the bases loaded. We left a lot of guys on base today, but we'd been able to hit with runners in scoring position lately. Today, we didn't, and it came back to haunt us."
The Tigers managed just four hits in the game. Danny Brescia had an RBI-double and Joe Gutierrez, Jake Hennessey and John Kennison had hits.
Jared Day closed out his high school pitching career with five quality innings on the mound but suffered the loss, to finish 5-3.
The Tigers ended the season with a 10-16 record.