JEROME — Every game right now is crucial for the Twin Falls’ Double-A legion baseball team. The Cowboys made sure to handle business on the road Thursday.
Twin Falls faced the winless Jerome Cyclones in a doubleheader on Thursday, and it looked focus from the first pitch of game one. The Cowboys won the first game 11-0 in five innings, and they rolled 9-2 in game two.
The Cyclones, who dropped to 0-23 on the summer, were locked into the bottom seed in next week’s Area C district tournament, which includes the Cowboys, the Cyclones, the Minico Storm, the Blackfoot Broncos, the East Idaho Rockies, the Idaho Falls Bandits and the Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels. Twin Falls, on the other hand, entered Thursday’s doubleheader in a four-team battle for second place.
Idaho Falls has already sealed the No. 1 seed, and East Idaho will be No. 6 at the district tournament. The other four teams are all within a game or two of each other with a game or two to play.
Twin Falls got two steps closer to the No. 2 seed with Thursday’s doubleheader sweep.
In game one, the Cowboys scored seven runs in the top of the first inning to essentially put the game out of reach. They tallied five hits, two hit-batsmen and a walk in the frame, while Jerome committed two errors, both with two outs. The Cyclones committed five errors in the game.
The highlight of the first inning was Cade Greenfield’s two-run home run, his fourth of the legion season. The Concordia University-Portland signee also smoked a two-run double in the fifth to put the run rule into effect.
The imminent end to Greenfield’s high school career hasn’t hit him just yet. He’s more focused on besting last season’s home run total (five) and helping the Cowboys have a long postseason.
“I would like to win districts. It’s been a while since we actually won districts,” Greenfield said. “We’re getting there. When we put it all together, we’re really hard to beat. Hopefully, we can put it all together this next week.”
Elsewhere for Twin Falls in game one, Skylar Holcomb went 2-for-4 with a double, Anthony Scholes went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and Connor Root went 1-for-3 with three steals.
On the mound, Magnum Hofstetter threw a two-hitter on 55 pitches. He walked one Cyclone and struck out eight.
In game two, both teams scored one run in the first inning, but Twin Falls pulled away with one each in the third and the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the seventh.
Holcomb again went 2-for-4 with a double, while Tai Walker went 3-for-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch, Root went 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk, Jackson Stutzman went 1-for-2 with two walks and Sam Hoggarth and Carson Walters each went 2-for-4 with a double.
Scholes pitched all seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
Cyclones head coach Trever Ostler, a 2015 Jerome High School graduate, said several players chose not to join the team this summer, including some from schools such as Gooding who have played for Jerome in the past. A rough season was bound to happen given those absences, so Ostler has tried to focus on areas of growth that don’t include the win column.
“It’s all about getting better for next spring,” he said.
The Cowboys (23-15) will wrap up the regular season at Blackfoot on Friday. If they can sweep the doubleheader, they will secure the Area C No. 2 seed, according to Twin Falls head coach Tim Stadelmeir.
Twin Falls Blackhawks 7, Twin Falls Cowboys 4; Blackhawks 13, Cowboys 3 (6 innings)
TWIN FALLS — The Blackhawks swept the Cowboys’ Single-A team in Wednesday’s doubleheader.
In game one, the Blackhawks scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. They answered a Cowboy run in the top of the third with a run in the bottom half, and they scored two in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead.
At the plate for the Blackhawks, Drake Rosas went 2-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base, Ben Carberry went 2-for-3 with a triple, Bryan Celis went 2-for-4 with a double, Drew Ochsner went 1-for-2 with a triple, James Fuger went 1-for-3 with a triple, Andreus Burton went 2-for-3 with a steal and Avery Rambur went 1-for-2 with two walks.
In game two, the Cowboys scored two in the top of the first and led 3-0 going into the bottom of the third. The Blackhawks responded with two in the third, three in the fourth, six in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Devan Thorpe went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two steals, Burton went 3-for-4 with a double and two steals, Rosas went 3-for-4 with a steal, Fuger went 3-for-5 and Rambur went 1-for-4 with a triple.
The Blackhawks will play at Wood River on Monday.