rallies past Tribe 6-5
Eight straight wins
for Wolverines (12-4)
everything that can happen on a baseball diamond has happened when the
Wood River Wolverines and Buhl Tribe have clashed over the years in a
rivalry that is considered one of Idaho’s best.
Reynoso’s two-out RBI triple brought home Drew Detwiler in the home
sixth and cut Buhl’s lead to 5-4. Express photo by Willy Cook
it was a wild pitch rolling into the Tribe dugout that handed Wood River a
was a Buhl wild pitch after a clutch two-run rally by the host Wolverines
in a dandy Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference pitcher’s duel at Hailey’s
Staked to a
5-3 lead and four outs away from a huge league victory, Buhl righthander
Tim Bourner was pitching an excellent game—giving up only one earned run
in six frames and stranding seven Hailey runners.
shortstop Drew Detwiler (3 hits) kept the Hailey hopes alive with a
two-out single in the sixth. Then right fielder Ryne Reynoso (2 hits)
tripled Detwiler home trimming Buhl’s lead to 5-4.
righty Matt Beck (5-1 this season, 10-3 two years), who held Buhl hitless
after a four-run Buhl uprising in the fifth, retired the Tribe in the
seventh. Beck finished with a six-hitter, walking nobody, and enticing 12
fly ball or pop outs.
twice by Bourner earlier in the game, clean-up hitter Nic Nottingham
pounded an 0-2 delivery to the center field fence for a huge leadoff
triple in the seventh. Catcher Kellen Chatterton promptly delivered
Nottingham with a sacrifice fly.
like extra innings, but it’s never over until it’s over in baseball.
Center fielder Joe Molyneux drew a two-out walk—Bourner’s first free
pass of the game. Matt Conover ran for Molyneux and stole second.
Nottingham turns on the afterburners rolling into third after belting
a seventh-inning leadoff triple to the center field fence. He scored the
tying run on Kellen Chatterton’s sacrifice fly. Express photo by
baseman Evan Peebles (2 hits), a reliable contact hitter, battled Bourner
and fouled off two pitches and hung tough with two strikes—Conover antsy
to score from second.
tried to get Peebles to chase a low delivery but the ball bounced away
from Tribe catcher J.D. Gould and rolled toward the Buhl dugout. Gould
gave it his best, chasing the ball and preventing it from rolling directly
into the dugout.
momentum carried him into the dugout and the umpire ruled the ball dead.
It allowed Conover to score the winning run and avenge Buhl’s 24-16
district championship triumph on the same Founders Field diamond last May
defense was virtually airtight and the home team out-hit Buhl 10-6,
however the outcome was truly in doubt until the final pitch. Molyneux and
Tyler Corrock added RBI hits for Hailey.
non-league nightcap the Wolverines completed the twinbill sweep 12-3 as
Reynoso (4-1) earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
Detwiler and Jeff Hunter shared the first five innings of work.
was it another solid outing for Wood River’s defense, commiting only one
harmless error like the opener, but the Wolverines in out-hitting Buhl
13-9 got hits from 11 players and nine scored runs.
outcome wasn’t settled until Wood River, clinging to a 4-3 lead, put an
eight-spot on the scoreboard in the home sixth.
two-run single made it 6-3 and a first-pitch, three-run homer ripped down
the right field line by southpaw swinger Reynoso quickly changed the score
to 9-3. Nottingham showed his power with a back-to-back homer over the
left field fence.
two-run double boosted Hailey’s lead to 12-3 and Reynoso struck out the
side in the seventh. Reynoso (3 hits, 4 RBI) finished the day with five
hits in eight trips.
(12-4 overall, 4-0 home, 3-0 league) thus took the early initiative in its
quest for the school’s seventh SCIC regular-season championship in 11
years. They’ll have to win at Buhl (9-4, 2-1) on May 4 to nail down the
league top seed.
streak reached eight games for Wood River. More importantly it was a
watershed week for 11th-year coach Lars Hovey, who finally climbed over
the hump with a career 147-145 (.503) record.
On the flip
side, Wood River may have lost senior pitcher and line drive hitter Jeff
Bolton for the rest of the season. Last week Bolton was diagnosed with a
rotator cuff injury that may require surgery.
Wood River entertains Filer (4-8, 1-2 SCIC) Thursday, April 25 at Founders
Field for a league doubleheader and also for the completion of the April 5
game which was suspended with the Wolverines leading 12-8 after four.
Middleton Vikings arrive Saturday, April 27 for an afternoon twinbill.
Middleton ousted Wood River 5-4 at last year’s state tournament. Next
Tuesday Kimberly comes to Founders Field for a pair.
Sweep at Kimberly
to Saturday’s sunny, spring weather for the Buhl twinbill, last Tuesday’s
SCIC doubleheader at Kimberly was cold and windy. But the results were the
same, a sweep.
won 16-1 and 6-2 with a pair of strong pitching efforts by Reynoso and
Beck. Kimberly fell to 5-11-1 on the season, 0-3 league.
overpowering in the first league game. He tossed a five-inning one-hitter
with seven strikeouts in the run-rule game. Reynoso allowed only a
first-inning two-out single by Matt Bulcher.
benefited from 11 hits and 11 walks in plating 16 runs. Two-run doubles by
Nottingham (2 hits) and Bolton (2 hits) were the big blows of an eight-run
second. Paul Tinker added two hits while Molyneux (3 runs) walked four
nightcap, Beck (7 Ks) was nearly as good with a four-hitter. Wood River
grabbed a 4-1 lead with a three-run third—a single by Chatterton, double
by Nottingham and two errors doing the damage.
Peebles and Conover each finished with two hits as Hailey out-hit Kimberly
21-5 for the day.