The Wood River East All-Star baseball team got off to a strong start to the 2005 summer tournament season by going 3-3 at the 12-team Rupert tournament Friday and Saturday.
Sponsored by Uhrig Fencing and Rocky Mountain Hardware, Wood River East won its first two games Friday but ran out of gas Saturday afternoon with an 8-3 loss to Madison in the third-place consolation tilt.
"I'm proud of the way the kids played," said Tracey Farrow, coaching the team with Hoss Schmidt. "A lot of the other teams had been playing tournaments for two months."
Trailing 3-0 in the third inning of Friday's opener against Treasure Valley, the East kids held their composure and rallied for a big 6-4 victory. They followed it up with a 14-0 rout of the All-Stars from Salmon.
Friday's nightcap turned into a great pitching duel between WR East and the eventual tournament champions from Rupert. Nathan Farrow, Tanner Sanders, Zack Israel and 11-year-old pitcher Taylor Hendricks threw well, but Rupert held on for a 4-1 victory.
Almost everybody got a double in Wood River's 19-1 win over Salmon Saturday morning. Tanner Sanders clouted a grand slam homer and Max Abel added a solo HR. Other East pitchers at Rupert were Davis Hague and Tyler Kolp.
But, the East boys started stranding runners and dropped their final two games, 8-0 to Fruitland and 8-3 to Madison.
Tyler Kolp (.455) led the 11-player WR East squad in tournament hitting. Others were Nathan Farrow .444, Zack Israel .429, Tanner Sanders .417, Max Abel .400, Davis Hague .333, Brandon Beall .300 and Alex Thomas .286. Rounding out the squad were Taylor Hendricks, Nickolas Brunker and Collin Dean.
The Wood River West team played hard but went 0-4 in its debut Rupert tournament.
Next, the East and West squads travel to the Salmon tournament Thursday through Saturday, June 23-25. It's on to Burley July 8 and Twin Falls July 22-23, along with the Ray Nelson tournament in Hailey July 15-16.