Friday, April 8, 2005

Wolverines dust off the diamond and Burley

Prep baseball

Getting back on the diamond after spring break, the Wood River baseball team dug in and took its cuts against Burley in a Great Basin West Conference clash Tuesday.

Belting out 10 hits, the Wolverines (7-3) won 8-3 capturing their first league victory and running their win streak to a respectable three in a row.

"I thought after a week off, we played really well," coach Lars Hovey remarked.

"We hit the ball well and the errors and pop ups that were killing us...we didn't have any of those yesterday."

Wood River kick started its win in the first inning. With two out, #3 hitter Steve Hansen (2 runs) singled, stole second and scored on a RBI single by Billy Kramer (2 hits, 2 RBI).

Burley hurler Craig Beltran held the Wolverines to one hit in the scoreless second, third and fourth frames, but the Wolverines broke through in the fifth, crossing home plate four times on three hits. Morgan Uhrig and Kramer delivered RBI singles and Ted Dankanyin (2 hits) also swatted a one-bagger.

Hovey's crew tacked on two runs in the sixth on a double by Uhrig and one in the seventh on a RBI triple by Dylan Fullmer.

Senior pitcher Tyson Reynoso (2-1) picked up his second win on the mound, throwing five scoreless frames, allowing five hits and fanning four. In a 62-pitch outing, 41 of his tosses were called for strikes.

"Tyson threw well. He was really strong," Hovey said.

Kenny Cardona pitched the sixth and seventh innings.

"When we were in Meridian we didn't have the luxury of a closer. The trend seems to be you get five strong innings out of your starter and you bring in Cardona to close the deal. It was good to get him acclimated and experience that role," Hovey remarked.

After a league matchup at Jerome Thursday, the Wolverines duel Pocatello in their home opener on Saturday, April 9. Double header action begins at 11 a.m. at Founder's Field in Hailey.

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