Preston went two and out in the 4A District 4-5 tournament. Their season ended with a close 3-2 loss to Pocatello. The northern Indians beat Preston twice in the regular season by a nine-point spread so to hold Pocatello to just three was an accomplishment in and of itself, just not the outcome they were hoping for.
Pocatello took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and made it 2-0 in the fourth, but Preston tied it 2-2 in the sixth and forced extra innings. Both teams remained scoreless in the seventh and eighth innings, but Pocatello came up with one run in the bottom of the ninth to win the loser out contest.
The Preston team graduates just two seniors so they hope to come back strong next season with an experienced core of players.
“This season was a roller coaster ride,” said Coach Kenny Inglet. “Lots of ups and downs, but ultimately that’s what makes it fun, frustrating, confusing and exciting. We ended our season with big win against a team that beat us twice and an excellent game that went into extra innings against a team that we struggled to compete with earlier in the season.
“I’m very proud of those boys and I’d like to thank all of them as well as my coaches: Brad Phillips, Nate Hess and Justin Phillips for all their hard work and dedication this season. We will have several of our starters from this season returning for next season and a lot of young talent coming up. Coach Brad and I are both very excited and feel that we will have a strong and competitive team for the next season.”