shoots for top seed
Final games this week
Wood River High School’s baseball team is
shooting for its eighth regular-season league championship in 12 years with
three big games this week.
The Wolverines hosted Kimberly Tuesday,
then visit Filer Thursday and host the Buhl Tribe Saturday, May 3 in the "Senior
Night" home twinbill at 11 a.m. at Founders Field.
Weather has been "iffy" all spring, but
Wood River wasn’t arguing about the rain last 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 (13-4-1, 3-0 SCIC) rallied from
a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory over a senior-laden Filer squad (10-9, 1-3 SCIC)
that was the surprise winner of the Buhl Mid-Season Classic Tournament April 12.
The winning pitcher was Wood River ace
Ryne Reynoso (5-2), 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
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 and allowing an unearned run.
But Reynoso weathered the rain delay
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.
In the non-league nightcap, Wood River
squandered a 4-1 lead but pushed across a 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).
Wood River, ranked #1 among 3A schools in
the Idahosports.com power ranking, visited Mountain Home Saturday after wet
weather made Founders Field unplayable.
Preston rallied from a 4-1 deficit with a
six-run fourth and ended Wood River’s three-game win streak 10-5. Thiede had
three hits, Reynoso and Detwiler two each for Hailey.
In the second game, Ryne Reynoso threw a
five-inning one-hitter and Wood River (11 hits) defeated Mountain Home 10-0.
Durkin (2 hits, 3 RBI) led the way at the plate and Tyson Reynoso added two
WOLVERINE NOTES—Ryne Reynoso is now
17-5 in his WR pitching career, behind only Matt Zachary (21-5) in the career
ranks. Matt Beck was 15-4, T.J. Peterson 12-9, Eli Lloyd 11-6 and Christian