Idaho High School Softball: Heavy Hitters (Week of 5/1 - 5/6)
As postseason play arrives, here are some Idaho softball's most locked in hitters
Published: 5/8/2023 2:50:30 PM
Brandon Baney
Managing Editor/Broadcaster
brandon@idahosports.com
 

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It's time for another edition of Heavy Hitters.  Every Monday, we'll recap the nine most scintillating hitting performances from the past week of competition.

Why nine?  Because there's nine batters in the lineup.

I should note that these are single-game performances only.  I don't have the math skills to pull off calculating weekly totals.

If you'd like to nominate an athlete for our Heavy Hitters list, send an email to brandon@idahosports.com.

With that said, here's our list of Idaho softball's Heavy Hitters, from the week of May 1st to May 6th.  The performances will be listed in chronological order.

1. Abby Howerton, Jr, Horseshoe Bend

The Mustangs survived a 36-32 slugfest against Lighthouse Christian on Monday, May 1st.  In a game that high-scoring, Howerton made eight trips to the plate, and finished 3-for-5 with two singles, a double, three walks, six RBIs, and five runs scored.  Don’t worry, we saved the best stat for last.  Howerton stole seven bases as well.

2. Paige Pieper, Sr, Middleton

Old friends met up in a non-conference battle on Monday, May 1st, as Class 5A Middleton defeated Class 4A Bishop Kelly 15-11.  Pieper homered twice in the win, and the senior finished with three RBIs and two runs scored.

3. Jiji Wieland, Fr, Blackfoot

Wieland had just one at-bat in the Broncos’ 15-13 High Country Conference win over Shelley on Tuesday, May 2nd, but she made it count.  Trailing 13-11 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Blackfoot called upon Wieland to pinch hit with the bases loaded.  After running the count full at three balls and two strikes, Wieland fouled off multiple pitches to keep the at-bat alive.  Finally, Wieland got a pitch to hit and crushed it over the left field fence for a walk-off grand slam.

4. Tayva McKinney, Sr, Potlatch

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Loggers ran past Whitepine League rival Genesee 18-8.  In the win, McKinney finished a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple, five RBIs, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.

5. Schelby Scharfen, Jr, Marsh Valley

The Eagles found themselves in a tight battle with South East Conference rival Snake River on Tuesday, May 2nd.  That is, until Scharfen strode to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Tied at 9-9, Scharfen drilled a two-run home run to give Marsh Valley an 11-9 lead that eventually became an 11-9 win.  Scharfen’s home run was part of a 2-for-4 day overall.  She finished with three RBIs and three runs scored.

6. Rilee Diffin, So, Orofino

The Maniacs ran wild in a 24-3 Central Idaho League victory over Kellogg on Tuesday, May 2nd.  Diffin finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with a home run, a double, seven RBIs, four runs scored and two stolen bases.

7. Aly Marion, Jr, Nampa Christian

The Trojans had no trouble with Melba in a 21-1 Western Idaho Conference win on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Marion led the hit parade, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, six RBIs, and three runs scored.

8. Kirstine Kent, Jr, Pocatello

The Pocatello Thunder are one of just two softball teams in the entire state to still be undefeated.  A 7-2 win over Class 5A juggernaut Thunder Ridge on Friday, May 5th, was just the latest in a long string of victories for Poky High this season.  Kent led the way, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and three runs scored.  Her most impressive feat, though, came when she homered in consecutive plate appearances.

9. Harlei Donner, Jr, Genesee

Donner dazzled in Genesee’s 16-1 win over Lewis County in Whitepine League action on Saturday, May 6th.  Donner went a perfect 3-for-3, and finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle.  Donner hit a home run, a triple and a single, and finished with four RBIs and a run scored.






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