Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Mining diamonds

Busy week for Wood River softball team

Wood River shortstop Dani Stone fields a ground ball. Photo by David N. Seelig

There was barely any time for the dirt to dry on Wood River's softball uniforms last week, as the team played four games between Thursday and Saturday.

Currently sitting at 5-8 overall and 0-3 league, Wood River collected one win and three losses during the span.

"One thing I will say is this team has the ability to overcome," coach Dale Martin remarked. "We lost to Pocatello 9-1, committing 11 errors, and they came out with fire in their eyes for the second game. I have never had a team like it."

On Saturday, Wood River split with the Indians, losing the opener 11-1 and claiming the nightcap 7-3 in eight innings.

Pitcher Catherine Beck (4-6) picked up her fourth win on the season, hurling a complete game, with six strikeouts, three hits, three runs (2 earned) and just one walk.

"She pitched a heckava ball game," Martin said. "She had a perfecto going through four and she beat their best pitcher, too."

The Wolverine rapped 12 hits and scored four runs in the top of the eighth, breaking open a 3-3 tie. Freshman shortstop Dani Stone was 3-for-4 and ripped a two-RBI single in the eighth. Jamie Stone poked a pair of hits, scored a run and knocked one in.

One down note for the game was an injury suffered by Genii Vert.

The senior, who has been a crucial component of the squad's success this season, sprained her ankle and could be out for two to three weeks according to Martin. Martin still had no word on the knee injury incurred by senior Alexa Alberdi and whether or not she would be able to return.

In light of players hitting the disabled list, the varsity called up Alisha Comly and K.D. Pruett and both "played great."

"They played in the outfield and through big time," Martin remarked.

Pocatello parlayed 11 Wood River errors into a 9-1 victory in the opener. Vert knocked twice and Ali Sherbine tagged one hit. Sherbine (1-2) pitched six innings, striking out seven and issuing six hits.

Twin Falls junior varsity picked up its second win over Wood River in Hailey Thursday. The Bruins beat the Wolverines 6-2. Beck fanned nine and surrendered seven hits. Jamie Stone, Barbara Coleman (1 run) and Sydney Leopold (1 run) had one hit apiece.

In Great Basin West Conference action at the South Valley Sports Complex Thursday, Burley scored three runs in the top of the eighth to best the Wolverines 8-5.

Wood River hosts Minico on Thursday for a Great Basin West Conference game in Hailey at 4:30 p.m.

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