By JAMES CORDES
Sparked by a three-run seventh inning, the Wood River American Legion squad won the nightcap 7-4 and split its season-opening Area C "A" doubleheader in Twin Falls Wednesday afternoon.
Wood River (1-1) dropped the first game 9-8 to the Twin Falls "A" Cowboys (1-5).
But righthander Eric Jacobson delivered on the mound in the nightcap, scattering two hits in six innings while picking up the win. Second-year coach Eli Lloyd said, "Eric threw real well. He got ahead and brought plenty of heat."
The Wolverine offense scored the much-needed insurance in the seventh, lead by the bats of Pat Patterson (3-4, 2 doubles) and Tyler Thiede (3-4, 2 runs, RBI).
Derek Abbott (2 RBI) also contributed two hits.
Lloyd said, "It was a really good effort all around tonight. We played great in the second game and can definitely use that as momentum to roll into the weekend."
Wood River was a bases-loaded walk away from a possible sweep in the first game.
The score was tied 8-8 late in the game when Twin Falls worked a free pass for the go-ahead run.
Tyler Thiede started on the hill and battled long enough to give his team a chance for the win.
Junior Drew Anderson (3 RBI) lead the offensive charge for Wood River with a 4-4 performance at the dish. Junior Jimmy Pierson contributed five hits in the doubleheader as well.
Wood River travels this weekend with away games at both Blackfoot and Bear Lake, Friday and Saturday respectively.