Wood River Express
keeps rolling along
(14-5) stays hot at home
still got the memory of a narrow one-run home victory over the Buhl Tribe
to keep them honest, but Wood River High School softball players kept
chugging along with three home triumphs last week.
Meyers tracks down a fly ball for Wood River. Express photo by
David N. Seelig
Central Idaho Conference home action, Wood River swept the Filer Wildcats
13-3 and 14-2 Thursday, then breezed to an 18-2 victory over the Declo
Hornets Saturday at the South Valley Sports Complex diamond in Hailey.
(14-5, 6-0 league) completely dominated against Filer and Declo—outscoring
them 45-7 and out-hitting the visitors 39-14. The results stretched the
Hailey winning streak to eight games and improved the Wolverine home
record to 6-2.
Chris Cey’s Wolverines needed was a league win over Kimberly (9-6)
Tuesday afternoon on the Hailey field to nail down the top seed in the
five-team SCIC tourney.
Nilsen makes the catch in front of the Declo dugout during Saturday’s
game. Express photo by David N. Seelig
In the SCIC
action (the first game counting in twinbills) Wood River stands at 6-0,
Buhl 4-2, Kimberly 3-2, Filer 2-5 and Declo 0-6.
travels to Buhl (13-4) Saturday, May 4 for an 11 a.m. doubleheader that
ends the SCIC regular-season slate of games. The teams played a dandy set
of games April 20—host Wood River winning the first 4-3 and the second
Tuesday Wendell comes to South Valley Sports Complex for a 4 p.m.
non-league twinbill. Then the SCIC 3A tournament opens Friday, May 10,
with Wood River most likely having the top seed and a home game.
Big wins over Filer,
Amanda Engel (6-2) handled Filer (6-12) with a five-hitter Thursday and
walked nobody. She struck out five. The Wildcat pitchers surrendered 12
hits including three homers and walked five.
batter in the 13-3 run-rule victory was B.J. Adams (double, triple, 2-run
HR and 4 RBI). Joni Chatterton (2 hits including a 2-run HR) drove home
three and Laurel Williams scored three runs.
Nilsen added two triples, Aubrey Kirtley hit a solo homer and Aspen
Wenglikowski added two hits.
nearly as good as she threw a four-hitter in the 14-2 nightcap. She
whiffed two and walked none. Meanwhile, Williams (3 hits) singled,
doubled, tripled and drove home three Wolverines.
six Wolverines reached base in the five-run second inning. Ashley Washburn
(2 runs) singled, Megan Lyons walked, Mollie Meyers (2 runs) was beaned,
Adams (2 hits, 2 runs) singled, Kirtley (2 hits, 3 runs) added a fielder’s
choice and Williams ripped a two-run single.
two-run single sparked a five-run third and Wood River breezed. Chatterton
(6-2) picked up the win with a five-hitter in Saturday’s 18-2 triumph
over first-year softball program Declo. A seven-run second and 11-run
fourth let Wood River players go to the prom early.
three hits apiece in the 14-hit attack were Chatterton (3 runs, HR),
Kirtley (3 runs) and Williams (3 runs, 4 RBI). Engel’s two-run single
fueled the big inning, and Nilsen (2 runs, 3 RBI) contributed.
NOTES—Wood River is 11-0 in all its SCIC games and has outscored its
league foes 158-47…In all games the Wolverines have scored 222 runs
(11.7) and have yielded only 98 (5.2)….They have swept five twinbills….Wood
River’s six-season home mark is 46-22…Last week’s results clinched
Hailey’s fourth winning season in five years.
records are in sight. The current eight-game winning streak before Tuesday’s
Kimberly games is a threat to the school-record 11-game winning streak
during the 20-7 campaign of 1999. The most Wood River wins in a single
season happened in 1997, a 21-9 team.