Isaiah Vega had a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Mountain View Toros a 5-4 win over the Idaho Falls Bandits on Monday to advance to today’s AA American Legion championship game.
Mountain View will play the Boise Gems at 10 a.m. today. The Toros will need to win either that game or the 1 p.m. if necessary game to claim the state title.
Idaho Falls led Mountain View 4-1 in the fifth inning, but the Toros cut into the lead with a Riley Harrison RBI single in the fifth, then tied the game after Braxton Mills and Jon Milner drew back-to-back bases loaded walks in the sixth inning.
Nick Bateman picked up the win on the mound, pitching the final two innings for Mountain View, allowing one hit.
BOISE GEMS 7, NAMPA CHIEFS 4: Alex McFarland Smith, Ayden Callahan and Sebastian Elu each drove in a pair of runs as the Boise Gems topped Nampa in an elimination game to advance to the state championship.
The Gems will need to beat the Toros twice today to claim the title.
Boise took a lead with an RBI single from McFarland-Smith in the first inning, and held on for the rest of the game, with a two-run double from Callahan later in the inning extending the lead to 4-0.
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After Nampa scored three runs in the bottom of the first, Morgan Baker came in to pitch in the second and struck our four over six innings to earn the win on the mound.
Adrian Crain had two hits for the Chiefs in the season-ending loss.
HAWKS HOLD OFF DUST DEVILS TO SNAP SKID: Willie MacIver and Daniel Jipping both drove in three runs as the Boise Hawks took an offensive explosion and held off a late rally by the Tri-City Dust Devils to win 11-10 on Monday.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Hawks.
Boise set the tone early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Terrin Vavra and Luke Morgan hit back-to-back RBI doubles to kick off the scoring for the Hawks, and Danny Edgeworth and MacIver followed with RBI triples to make the score 4-0. Jipping hit an RBI single to score MacIver.
An Edgeworth double in the bottom of the eighth inning extended the score to 11-7, but the Dust Devils stored back to score three runs in the top of the ninth. The Dust Devils had the potential tying run on third base with no outs and a the potential go-ahead run on first, but Jefry Valdez retired the final three hitters to help Boise hang on for the win.