A rain delay, then Wood River beats
SCIC baseball at Founders Field
By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer
Wood River High School’s baseball team
wasn’t arguing about the rain Tuesday afternoon in Hailey.
A 30-minute rain delay actually helped
favored Wood River during a closely-contested Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference
game against upset-minded Filer at Founders Field.
Wood River (12-3-1, 3-0 SCIC) rallied from
a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory over a senior-laden Filer squad (9-8, 1-2 SCIC)
that was the surprise winner of the Buhl Mid-Season Classic Tournament April 12.
The winning pitcher was Wood River ace
Ryne Reynoso (4-2), who threw a 99-pitch four-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Reynoso struck out the side in the seventh to preserve Wood River’s first home
victory of 2003.
But the big story before the rains came
was Filer senior righthander Skyler Collins.
Collins, who needed only 26 pitches to
retire Wood River in the third, fourth and fifth innings, was sailing along with
a 2-1 lead when umpires Bill Shohoney and Brian Shields waved the players to
their dugouts because of heavy rain.
Wood River’s only run was scored in the
first on two-out double by Reynoso and an RBI double by Paul Tinker (2 hits,
5-for-6 twinbill). Meanwhile, Reynoso before the rain delay had endured a shaky
fifth—walking two, plunking one Wildcat and allowing an unearned run.
But Reynoso weathered the rain delay much
better than Collins.
Reynoso set down the ‘Cats 1-2-3 in the
In the Hailey sixth, Tinker opened with a
ground single to center. Then Collins threw six straight balls, walking Matt
Conover and going to a 2-0 count on Joe Paisley. Collins inadvertently removed
the bunt situation by throwing wildly into the outfield on a pickoff try. Tinker
and Conover moved to third and second.
Paisley then drilled an RBI single down
the third base line for a 2-2 tie. Dylan McIlhenny’s second hit, a flare to
right field, brought Conover home with the eventual winning run.
Collins got out of the jam, thanks to some
questionable base running and a missed bunt sign by Wood River, but the damage
had been done.
Seven of nine batters hit safely for Wood
River (9 hits) during the snappy one-hour, 45-minute game.
In the non-league nightcap, Wood River
squandered a 4-1 lead but pushed across a single run in the bottom of the sixth
to prevail 5-4.
Shortstop Drew Detwiler scored the
game-winning run on a single by Steve Durkin (2 hits). It made a winner of
reliever Tyler Thiede (2-0).
Catching both games for Wood River was
sophomore Billy Kramer. He spelled Kellen Chatterton, who played as designated
hitter while rehabbing his thumb injury.
Wood River, still ranked #1 among Idaho 3A
schools in the Idahosports.com power ranking, entertains Preston and Mountain
Home Saturday, April 26 starting at 11 a.m., at Founders Field.