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For the week of June 19 - 25, 2002

  Sports

Road isnít kind to Legion nine

Wood River drops five of six


The young Wood River American Legion baseball team had a rough introduction to the road last week, dropping five of six games in its first traveling of the 2002 summer season.

Wood River (9-7 overall, 1-5 away) spent four days at Pocatelloís Halliwell Park for the eight-team Pepsi tournament Thursday through Sunday and managed one win, an 11-2 success over Pocatello Saturday.

Lack of consistency hurt Wood River, which is relying on many unseasoned Legion players this year. Coach Lars Hovey said his team played hard Thursday and Friday but didnít get any breaks in two losses.

Bonneville (Layton, Utah) busted loose for four runs in the first and beat Wood River 12-6 Thursday. Paul Tinker knocked three Hailey hits.

Righty Steve Hansen (3-1) pitched a good game against the Boise Senators Friday but lost 4-2 when the Wood River defense fell apart in the third and Boise tallied three unearned runs. "We should have hit the ball better against Boise," Hovey said.

Drew Detwiler went 3-for-4.

The sticks finally broke out Saturday in the 11-2 win over Pocatello. Wood River (11 hits) enjoyed a lucrative six-hit, seven-run third inning with Joe Paisley delivering a two-run double.

Wood River ace Ryne Reynoso (3-2) snapped his teamís four-game losing streak with five innings of three-hit ball. He whiffed nine. Dylan McIlhenny mopped up in relief and also contributed two hits to the attack, as did Tinker and Detwiler.

Sundayís final game went into extra innings, nine in all, then Wood River lost 6-5 to Rifle (Colo.) in what was called an "international playoff." Each team was given three outs to score with a runner on second. Wood River couldnít score, and Rifle tallied the winner on a sacrifice fly.

McIlhenny threw the first four frames and Detwiler (1-1) did a good job with five innings of relief. Tinker picked up another two hits.

Unfortunately Ryne Reynoso, playing center field, injured his throwing arm cutting down a Rifle runner at home plate and was forced to leave the game. The extent of the injury was unknown Monday.

Wednesday, visiting Wood River (3-4 league) dropped a 15-5 and 11-7 doubleheader to the Burley Bobcats.

Host Burley shelled Wolverine pitching for 29 hits in the doubleheader and beat Hailey ace Ryne Reynoso in the nightcap. Kellen Chatterton had four of 13 Hailey hits.

 

Tough stretch continues

Coming up: Wood River plays in the Donnelley Sports Twin Falls Invitational wood bat tournament Thursday through Saturday, June 20-22 at Bruin Field in Twin Falls.

Wood River plays Blackfoot Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and then has two big games Fridayóagainst Mountain Home at 10:30 a.m. and Brigham City (Utah) at 3:30 p.m.

The Hailey-Brigham City game has been the big one at the Twin Falls meet for two straight years.

Last year, Wood River outscored three opponents 33-1 but fell 4-1 to Brigham City and settled for third place of eight teams. Two years ago Wood Riverís Matt Zachary no-hit Brigham City 10-0 in the title game.

Final games of the eight-team tournament will be played Saturday.

It doesnít get any easier because Wood River visits arch-rival Buhl next Monday night. Then, the 12-game road trip ends and Wood River hosts Pocatello next Wednesday.

 


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