By Coach Tom Turpin
The Badger Baseball team came back from a year where no high school baseball was played in Idaho to re-establishing its form and capturing the Intermountain League Title as well as the District 1 Championship and its first trip to the State Tournament since winning it all in 2018.
The team, comprised of one freshman, nine sophomores, two juniors and only one senior, showed tremendous promise and a force to be reckoned with in the next couple years. The team started off with a 3 – 6 record before the league games started. In league, they established a new record of 10 wins and two losses finishing 12-2 and heading to the State Tournament.
In the State Tournament, the Badgers played Snake River and in the bottom of the first inning, freshman Trey Bateman hit a three-run home run over the right field fence to take an early 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately, Snake River came back to take the lead and was up 14-5 late in the game. The Badgers clawed back with four runs in the top of the sixth inning and another four runs in the top of the seventh to get within one run of tying the game.
With two outs and the tying run at second and go ahead run at first, Trey Bateman came up again but the game ended on a strikeout. The Badgers then played South Fremont in the consolation bracket only to lose 19-0 thus ending the season.
The Badger’s overall record ended up being 15-10 with the promise of reaching the State Tournament again next year.