For the week of March 24, 1999  thru March 30, 1999  

Wolverines send a message to Filer

Softball team beats ‘Catws 10-3, 13-7

Wood River High School’s softball team sent a message to the Filer Wildcats Saturday.

The message read something like—we’re the defending district champs, you’re the new kid on the block, you’re just going to have to beat us.

And a young Filer squad couldn’t handle that job.

Last spring’s State A-2 qualifier Wood River (4-0, 1-0) recorded a rare doubleheader sweep over 1998 State A-3 entry Filer by scores of 10-3 and 13-7 on the Wildcat diamond.

It was Wood River’s first-ever twinbill sweep on the Filer field where Wolverine teams had a 1-10 record in five seasons entering Saturday’s play.

Senior lefthander Debbie Rubel (2-0) threw a complete-game 4-hitter with 9 strikeouts and 4 walks in the 10-3 opening-game win that counted toward the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference standings.

Although Wood River outhit Filer 14-4, the outcome was in doubt until the Wolverines extended their 5-3 lead with a 5-run seventh. Wood River did a good job pulling itself together after losing shortstop Abby Sherbine to a wrist injury.

Wood River built a 4-0 lead with a 3-run third. Junior Lacy Glazer (2 hits) led off with a single, then center fielder Jamie Menges (3 hits and 2 RBI) and catcher Renate Chichester (2 hits and 4 RBI) delivered clutch two-out hits.

In the seventh, Bri Salmon drew a leadoff walk and the first five Wolverine batters reached and scored. Others were Rubel, Menges, Chichester and Jessie Fitts. Staked to a 10-3 lead, Rubel retired Filer 1-2-3 with 2 strikeouts in the home seventh.

First baseman Rebecca Engel chipped in 2 hits and 2 RBI, and third baseman Jonmarie Shaw added 2 hits to the attack. B.J. Adams did well filling in for Sherbine at short.

Righthander Glazer (1-0) notched the nightcap victory with a four-inning, 4-hit pitching effort. She walked just 2 Wildcats in the 13-7 victory. At the plate, Wood River capitalized on 11 walks and 4 hits.

Scoring 2 runs apiece were Rubel, Menges, Engel, Laurel Williams and Adams. Hits by Glazer, Fitts and Engel capped off Wood River’s 7-run third.

WOLVERINE NOTES—Last spring, Wood River lost five times to Filer (24-8) by combined scores of 99-46—including 25-7 and 28-7 routs in the early-season doubleheader at Filer. That made Saturday’s twinbill sweep especially sweet…Entering the season, Wood River had a dismal 4-15 record (1-10 away, 3-5 home) in five seasons playing Filer. The Wolverines had been outscored 185-120 on the Wildcat diamond.


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