BUHL • The Buhl Indians sure haven’t forgotten their season-ending district tournament defeat to Gooding last year.
After handily winning their first two conference road games against Gooding to begin the season, the Indians beat the Senators 9-5 and 16-6 at home Tuesday, making it 4-0 in the SCIC with all wins coming against one of their conference rivals.
“It’s a big accomplishment after losing the district game last year,” senior Bailey Anderson said. “It was a big step for us.”
Anderson had herself a day.
She got the win in game one, pitching seven innings, striking out five while allowing just eight hits against a potent Senators lineup.
She was just getting started. Anderson hit two home-runs in game two, one a line-drive grand-slam to left-center that cut through an east blowing wind.
“I haven’t had two games in a row like that before... ever,” Anderson said.
“She has stepped up to be the leader we need her to be,” Buhl head coach Derrik Brinkman said of one of his four seniors.
As a team, the Indians pounded out 23 hits and tallied 10 walks. In a conference loaded with talent, the Indians boast a balanced and increasingly disciplined lineup.
“My whole deal is not batting average but on base percentage,” Brinkman said. “We want contact, too. We want to make them throw us out and see if they make a mistake.”
That’s a recipe Kimberly, Filer and Gooding deploy as well. Early in the season, the Indians have mastered it. But those other SCIC teams may catch up — they’re pretty good, too.
“We were talking about that with (head coach) Todd (Mansfield) from Filer, who was watching tonight,” Brinkman said. “This could be the first year in awhile that whoever is hot at the right time will get there.”
Kyra Azevedo, Madison Brinkman, Harlee Benkula, Madison Amoth, Kayla Cole, Madison Somers, Caroline Vera and McKenna Brinkman all had at least two hits for the Indians. Somers pitched and won game two.