split with Filer
Wood River and Filer paired up in
an SCIC showdown on Tuesday and both gave as good as they got.
Filer (14-3, 2-2 SCIC) snapped
Wood River’s six-game win streak, winning the opener 7-2. Turn about was
fair play, as the Wolverines (12-3, 3-1 SCIC) put the brakes on the
Wildcats 12-game streak, claiming the nightcap 22-4 in five frames.
In the opener, Filer ace Paul
Gerrish (4K) sent the Wolverines down in order in the third, fourth and
fifth frames, and got out of a sticky bases-loaded no-out situation in
the second. But it was not the Wildcats as much as the Wolverines who
played a hand in their own defeat.
"You try and make the other team
beat you instead of beating yourself. This game we beat ourselves,"
coach Lars Hovey remarked.
Filer had only one hit in a
five-run first, aided by two hit batsmen and two walks.
Wood River base-runners were also
picked off twice and the defense committed five errors.
Pitcher Steve Hansen (3-2) allowed
only four hits and fanned seven, but issued four walks and hit three
"He did get stronger as the game
went on (no walks after two) and I guess the upside is Filer did not
swing it as well as they were reported to do," Hovey said.
Wolverine runs were scored by
Steve Durkin and Kellen Kinghorn. In his first at-bat, Durkin took a
first-pitch knuckleball out of the park.
The Wolverines regrouped and
trounced the Wildcats in the nightcap. Filer tossed four pitchers who
gave up 14 hits, walked nine and hit six.
Hailey’s Tyson Reynoso (3-0) was
in command with 10 strikeouts and seven hits.
"Tyson has been throwing well. He
doesn’t beat himself," Hovey said.
Steve Durkin belted his second
homerun of the day, and went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and five
RBI. Hansen was 3-for-3 with a two-base knock and four RBI. Both Joe
Paisley and Ted Dankanyin went 3-for-4.
Hovey summed up the day with,
"Although we played horribly the first game, we came back and won the
game that will probably decide the league championship and allow us
homefield advantage throughout the playoffs."
Hailey’s two remaining league
matchups are against winless Kimberly (0-12, 0-3 SCIC).
The Wolverines have two home games
slated for this Saturday, April 24 at Founder’s Field in Hailey.
Wood River opens up against Kuna
at 11 a.m. and will play Teton of Driggs at 4 p.m. Teton and Kuna duel
at 2 p.m. Junior varsity games will be played at Nelson Field.