By Michael Guise firstname.lastname@example.org
POCATELLO â Candi Letts saw two different squads Thursday.
One team allowed 13 hits and totaled five errors, while the other ripped 11 hits and controlled the field with one error.
It was a rollercoaster ride for Idaho State (7-13) in its home opener at Miller Ranch Stadium. The Bengals lost the first game of their doubleheader against Utah Valley 6-2 before rallying to close the day with a 6-3 win.
âJekyll and Hyde,â Letts said. âNot coming out to have energy and perform. The game is much faster than our young kids are used to. We worked on that. We need to flip that switch sooner. In response to that, we came out in the second game and had more energy. We did a good job.â
Game one: Utah Valley 6, Idaho State 2
Letts watched a team that was not prepared to play.
The Bengals had an error in each of the first three innings, which helped put the team behind Utah Valley 5-2 after three frames.
Idaho State was blanked over the final four innings and dropped game one 6-2.
âWe got caught on our heels,â Letts said. âWe werenât ready to play a game at a fast pace, and that is what happens when someone gets in your face. You have to answer back, and we got slapped in the face.â
The inconsistent defense did not help starting pitcher Ashlyn Ames. Only half of the Wolverinesâ six runs were earned against Ames, who allowed 11 hits in five innings. Ames was relived by Harley Wells, who threw two shutout innings.
With two outs in the top of the third and runners on first and second, Taylor Miller ripped a ball to the outfield for a triple that scored her teammates. Miller was awarded home after the relay throw rolled into the dugout. The Wolverines (8-12) took a 5-1 lead, and Idaho State could not rally.
âI would have liked a lot less hits,â Ames said. âThe infield, all around, was timid. Thatâs not what Iâm capable of.â