Royals post wins, losses
The Mountain Home Royals won some and lost some in a busy week of American Legion baseball.
Royals 3, Twins 2
The Royals posted a 3-2 win as they hosted the Lewiston Twins in a non-league game at Royals Field on June 21.
A three-run fifth for Mountain Home was enough for the win as Jesse Cobos pitched into the seventh, striking out 12 to get the win. Levi Abrahamson got the final two outs of the game to record the save.
At the plate, Cody Blakemore had an RBI-triple while Teddy Reaume and Jesse Cobos had hits and RBIs. Tyler McCall hit a double while Kody Arellano and Levi Abrahamson finished the game with hits.
"That was the best team we've played all year, and I'm sure they'll be at state," said Royals head coach Michael Hobgood. "The most satisfying part is we left a lot of guys on base and could have won by a lot more. Cobos threw an absolute gem. I'm very, very happy with the win, and hopefully we can carry it forward."
Royals 2, Emmett 3
Royals 21, Emmett 3
The Royals came back to take the second game with the Emmett Blue Devils to salvage a split of their league doubleheader at Royals Field last Wednesday. Emmett won the first game before the Royals rolled to a 21-3 win in the nightcap in five innings.
In the first game, Emmett jumped out to a two-run, first inning lead and led all the way. Mountain Home managed single runs in the third and sixth innings.
Jesse Cobos suffered the loss, despite going the distance and giving up just three hits while striking out 10 batters. He finished the game with a single and an RBI. Levi Abrahamson had a triple and Teddy Reaume had a double for Mountain Home's only other hits in the first game.
A 16-run first inning in the second game helped the Royals to an easy win in five innings in the evening contest.
Jesse Cobos had three hits, including two doubles in the nightcap, while driving in three runs. Zach Petersen, Cody Blakemore and Josh Sheffield each had two hits with Petersen driving in three, Blakemore with two and Sheffield with one. Teddy Reaume, Jace Bennett, Kody Arellano, David Welle and Jayden Sexton also had hits with Arellano earning two RBIs and Bennett and Welle each adding one. Shae Sterling also drove in a run. Levi Abrahamson picked up the win on the mound.
"We were very slow to start in the first game and never really got going," Hobgood said. "We were at times too passive at the plate, and Cobos threw extremely well and deserved to win that game. That second game we came out on fire and locked up the game very early. Both games were unusual for us, and I think our normal is somewhere in between the two."
TF Cowboys 13, Royals 6
TF Cowboys 8, Royals 6
Mountain Home traveled to Twin Falls last Thursday for a non-league doubleheader with the Cowboys, losing the first game along with the nightcap.
In the first game, a five-run sixth inning was the difference in a 13-6 loss.
Zach Petersen had four hits for the Royals and drove in a run. Tyler McCall had three hits, including two doubles while driving in a run.
Cody Blakemore and Kody Arellano both had two hits. Blakemore had a double. Shae Sterling, Teddy Reaume and Jesse Cobos also had hits with Sterling adding an RBI.
Bailey Miller-Hodge, the first of three Royals pitchers, suffered the loss in the first game.
A six-run sixth inning by Twin Falls wiped out a 6-2 Royals lead and led to an 8-6 Cowboy win.
Kody Arellano had three of Mountain Home's five hits in the nightcap. Derek Kellogg and Curran Price had the other hits. Josh Sheffield and Jace Bennett both knocked in runs with Levi Abrahamson suffering the loss.
The Royals took a 10-9 overall record and 2-2 league mark into their league doubleheader at Borah's Wigle Field against the Boise Senators on Saturday. They hosted the Twin Falls Blackhawks for two on Monday before traveling to Ontario, Ore., for two against the Treasure Valley Stars on Tuesday.
They host Mountain View for two on Thursday, June 26, before they face the Boise Gems for two at Timberline Park in Boise on Friday. The Royals then play host to the Centennial Cannons for two on Saturday.