Legion wins last two at Donnelley
Wood River beats Jerome 4-3, places fifth
Their adventure started with a minor car
accident Thursday and finished Sunday with a dramatic come-from-behind rally in
Wood River American Legion baseball
players battled a certain amount of adversity last weekend during the Donnelley
Sports/Father’s Day Classic wood bat tournament.
But they hung in there and ended up
winning their final two games of the four-day, four-game tournament—clinching
fifth place with a 4-3 victory over Jerome Sunday.
Derek Abbott’s gapper scored Jonathan
Dittmer with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning for
Wood River, which got a very solid pitching performance by Huston Brashears.
Wood River coach Eli Lloyd said, "Huston
pitched great. He had great poise and laid all the groundwork for our win."
At the eight-team tourney, Wood River lost
3-2 in eight innings to eventual champion Riverton (Utah) Friday, then beat
Idaho Falls 6-2 Saturday and Jerome 4-3 Sunday.
First place went to Riverton (4-0 record,
36-6 runs-against) by an 11-1 score over Marsh Falls. Bear Lake captured third
place 7-6 over Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls earned seventh place 12-5 over
Judging by its excellent defense and
pitching, Wood River might have made the championship game if not for a four-car
pile-up on Blue Lakes Boulevard just prior to Thursday’s opening contest against
Bear Lake. Wood River ended up forfeiting the game.
Nobody was seriously hurt. Coach Eli Lloyd
and Ted Dankanyin were treated and released from the Twin Falls hospital after
Friday, Wood River ace Steve Hansen threw
seven solid innings against Riverton, which dominated in its other three
tournament games 9-1, 13-2 and 11-1. Hansen yielded only four hits and benefited
from outstanding middle infield defense (four double plays).
But Wood River (7 errors) got sloppy
making a couple of miscues in the eighth inning with Kenny Cardona (1-1)
pitching and Riverton ended up scoring the winning run.
Brady Femling singled and scored in the
first for Wood River (7 hits), and Tyler Thiede ripped a one-out double and
scored in the sixth for Hailey.
Righty Tyler Thiede (3 BB, 5K) picked up
Wood River Saturday by pitching a complete-game four-hitter in the 6-2 win over
Idaho Falls. Lloyd said, "Tyler threw a lot of ground balls. He was getting
ahead and making their guys swing the bat. He pitched great for us."
Catcher Billy Kramer contributed an RBI
hit in the first frame. Leading 3-2, Wood River tacked on three insurance runs
in the sixth. Dittmer belted a two-run single and Abbott (2 hits) added an RBI
Against Jerome Sunday, righthander
Brashears was in cruise control, retiring nine of the first 10 Tigers he faced.
He ended up pitching five-and-two-thirds but got into trouble in the sixth.
Jerome grabbed a 3-2 lead before reliever Dankanyin (1-0) stopped the rally.
In the seventh, Ben Molyneux opened with a
double and Dittmer walked. With one out, Morgan Uhrig delivered an RBI single
for a 3-3 game. With Dimmer on second, Abbott found the gap for the winner.
Wood River (7-5 overall, 5-3 league)
opened an eight-game Area C "A" homestand Tuesday, June 22 with a doubleheader
against Jerome at Founders Field. "The guys have been playing well on the road,
but it’s nice to play at home," coach Lloyd said.
Next up in the crucial league tests for
Hillcrest of Idaho Falls visits Hailey
Saturday, June 26 for a 1 p.m. twinbill at Founders Field, then Blackfoot
arrives Monday, June 28 at 4 p.m. for two games. Upper Valley comes to Founders
Tuesday, June 29 at 1 p.m. for a league doubleheader.