The Maniacs played Malad in the first game of the Class 2A State Baseball Tournament at Pocatello on Thursday, May 20. The Dragons beat the Maniacs, forcing Orofino to the loser’s bracket against Melba on Friday, May 21.

Malad 9, Orofino 2

The Dragons jumped on Orofino starter Brayden Turcott for 10 hits and eight runs in the first two innings.

Maniac reliever Joe Sparano also pitched, permitting just one unearned run on one hit.

Turcott led off the sixth with a double and Sparano added a single. Turcott and Sparano scored for Orofino’s runs.

Orofino 000 002 0—2 4 5

Malad 053 010 x—9 11 4

Brayden Turcott, Joe Sparano (3), Rylan Larson (6) and Larson, Silas Naranjo (6). Tanner Olsen, John Evans (6) and Evans, Grady Combs (5).

Orofino hits — Turcott (2B), Sparano, Dash Barlow, Nick Drobish.

Malad hits — Combs 2 (2B), Dillon Evans 2, Traven Ward 2, Kyler Horsley 2, Olsen (3B), Stetson Higley (2B), Bridger Bastain.

Melba 15, Orofino 9

The Maniacs bowed out to Melba in a Class 2A loser-out State baseball game at Halliwell Park on Friday, May 21.

Silas Naranjo went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI for Orofino (14-9). Rylan Larson had a hit and two RBI.

Rylan Larson pitched eight hits, a walk and nine runs and five earned. He struck out two of the Mustangs.

The Maniacs battled back with six in the second, three due to an error on the left fielder during Easton Schneider’s at-bat. Larson followed two batters later with a two-run single, and Naranjo had an RBI single two batters after that.

Orofino 060 120 0—9 8 6

Melba 810 105 x—15 11 4

Rylan Larson, Joe Spararo (2), Steve Bradbury (6) and Silas Naranjo; Jeff Fahey, Trace Stimpson (6) and N/A.

Orofino hits — Silas Naranjo 2, Brayden Turcott, Rylan Larson, Dash Barlow, Bodey Howell, Steve Bradbury, Easton Schneider.

Melba hits — Trace Stimpson 3 (2B), Jeff Fahey 2 (2B), Donovan Rose 2, Henry Clark (2B), Parker Hansen, Diego Herrera, Robert Knight.

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