TWIN FALLS — The month of April has been kind to the Twin Falls High School baseball team.
The Bruins fell 6-1 to Capital at the Buck Bags Spring Classic on March 31. They won their next eight games going into Wednesday, and the streak reached nine on Wednesday night.
Twin added to its all-time undefeated record against rival Canyon Ridge with a 15-3 blowout Wednesday night under the lights at Canyon Ridge High School.
Twin’s lineup has no shortage of power, yet it hadn’t blasted a home run all season going into Wednesday. That drought ended in dramatic fashion in the top of the sixth inning.
The Bruins scored a run and loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. They wouldn’t ultimately need more insurance, but first baseman Cade Greenfield provided some anyway. He received a hanging 1-2 curveball from Colton Knaup and hammered it down the left field line. The ball narrowly stayed fair and inched over the fence for a grand slam for Greenfield’s first home run of his high school career.
“I hit it on the screws,” Greenfield said.
Greenfield’s home run drought might be over, but the Bruins have not yet conquered every in-game accomplishment.
“No-hitter, triple play, perfect game... we’ve still got a lot to go,” Greenfield said.
Greenfield’s slam was an exclamation point on an already dominant game for the Bruins. The lineup scored at least one run the first four innings, and pitcher Skylar Holcomb had another quality start on the mound. Twin’s senior ace allowed three earned three runs on nine hits, no walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Bruins added some punctuation with a five-run seventh inning, right after Canyon Ridge had put together its first true rally.
Greenfield finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles paired with his slam. Twin’s senior third baseman Aaron Brann went 4-for-5 with two doubles, and senior shortstop Ryan Nolan went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk.
“I was getting in my head earlier, getting mad that I wasn’t getting hits,” Nolan said. “But as long as I hit the ball hard, that’s all that really matters.”
The win comes four days after Twin completed a three-game sweep of Minico, which enunciated its reign at the top of the Great Basin Conference. The Bruins improved to 17-2 overall and 10-0 in conference. The next closest conference team is Wood River at 4-2.
Canyon Ridge (7-9, 1-6) has been in this situation before and come out of a three-game series with a win. The Riverhawks didn’t record a hit in a 16-0 loss to Minico two weeks ago and were shut out in game two. They rebounded with a 7-5 win in game three.
But if last weekend is any indication, Minico is no Twin.
“Every time we were behind in the count, they had good swings,” Canyon Ridge coach Dave Slotten said. “It is what it is. They’re a good team.”
The Bruins and Riverhawks will play game two on Thursday afternoon at Twin Falls High School.
Twin Falls 15, Canyon Ridge 3
Twin Falls 1 2 1 1 0 5 5 — 15 17 0
Canyon Ridge 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 — 3 9 1
Twin Falls: Pitching — Skylar Holcomb (W) 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; Cade Greenfield 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.
Leading hitters — Cade Greenfield 3-5, GS, 2 2B, 5 RBI, R; Aaron Brann 4-5, 2 2B, SB, 4 RBI, 3 R; Ryan Nolan 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI, 3 R; Skylar Holcomb 3-4, HBP, 3 RBI, 2 R.
Canyon Ridge: Pitching — Colton Knaup (L) 6 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; Avery Rambur 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 0 K; Drake Rosas 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.
Leading hitters — Bryan Celis, 1-3, 2B, HBP; Skylar Oneida 2-3, SB, RBI, R, Andreas Burton 2-3, RBI