WR softball team sweeps Filer
Stays unbeaten at home 7-6, 7-1
By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer
Tough at home, the Wood River High School
softball team improved its South Valley Sports Complex record to 6-0 Tuesday
with a 7-6 and 7-1 doubleheader sweep over the Filer Wildcats on the Hailey
Both games counted in the Sawtooth Central
Idaho Conference standings, so coach Chris Cey’s Wolverines improved to 12-3 on
the season and 4-2 in SCIC play. Filer fell to 7-10 and 2-4 in league action.
The first game was a struggle for Hailey
(7 errors), its fielding problems a carryover from Saturday’s 5-3 and 5-4
twinbill loss at Buhl. The teams played through a rainstorm but the Wolverines
gutted it out.
Trailing 4-1 in the third, Wood River got
one back when Koree Hawkes (2 hits, 3 runs) tripled and scored. In the fifth,
Hawkes drew a walk, Kelly Haisley (2 runs) singled and leadoff Ashley Washburn
knocked an RBI single fueling a three-run inning for a 5-4 Hailey lead.
Singles by Emily Smith and Hawkes started
a two-run sixth for a 7-4 Wolverine lead, then the Hailey defense snuffed out a
Wildcat rally in the seventh to preserve the 7-6 win.
It was a productive day for the 7-8-9
batters in the Wood River order—Smith, Hawkes and Haisley—who scored five of the
Wood River senior pitcher Aubrey Kirtley
(7-2) finished with a 100-pitch six-hitter with six strikeouts. Filer’s Janae
Hymas (5-4) was nearly as good, allowing only six hits but walking five. And
then Hymas turned around and pitched the second game.
In the nightcap, Hailey junior Chandin
Persaud (5-1) was in control. She retired the first nine Wildcats and finished
with an 86-pitch four-hitter featuring seven strikeouts and no walks. Filer
broke up the shutout bid with a run in the seventh.
The outcome was still in doubt in the
fifth. Leading 2-0, Wood River (9 hits) scored three insurance runs.
Joni Chatterton (2 hits) ripped a 1-2
Hymas pitch into left center for a single. Two Wildcat infield errors loaded the
bases with one out. A wild pitch brought Chatterton home. Then lefty swinger
Smith (2 hits) laced an opposite-field, two-run single that bounced just inside
the left field line.
An RBI double by Washburn (2 hits) made it
6-0 in the sixth, then Wood River’s defense wrapped up an errorless game by
holding off the Wildcats in the seventh frame.
Wood River entertains the Declo Hornets
Saturday, April 26 for one SCIC varsity game at 11 a.m. at South Valley Sports