Friday, July 7, 2006

Wet field delays Legion ballgames

Too much irrigation in Hailey

It wasn't Wednesday's rainfall that washed out the ballgames.

Rather, irrigation problems at Hailey's Founders Field caused the postponement of Wednesday's Wood River American Legion baseball doubleheader against Blackfoot, said Legion coach Matt Nelson.

The Area C "A" twinbill against Blackfoot has been rescheduled for Monday, July 17 at 3 p.m. at Founders Field -- part of the remaining Legion schedule of 12 games leading up to the league tournament starting Wednesday, July 26, in Twin Falls.

Wood River (6-14) entertained perennial contender Upper Valley Thursday at 3 p.m. on the Hailey diamond. Nelson's team will travel to Logan, Utah on Saturday and to Burley on Monday.

Despite the Hailey squad's current six-game losing streak, Nelson is pleased that his young Legion group of 15-18 year olds is playing some of its best baseball against the toughest teams in the Area C ranks.

Last Friday, Wood River dropped a pair of close games to Marsh Falls at American Falls—Trent Seamons giving the Legion a strong pitching effort and Sean Bunce coming up from the Babe Ruth squad to hit the ball well in a four-game road swing.

Wood River also dropped a league twinbill at Shelley Saturday, Pat Patterson losing a 2-1 nail-biter in the eastern Idaho nightcap.

Nelson said Wednesday: "We have lost close games to some of the best teams in the conference. We're on the cusp. The kids are starting to feel themselves coming together. We've got a bright future."

Veterans Erik Jacobson and Kenny Cardona are due back in action by Wednesday, July 12, and will be greeted by six of the final eight Legion games at Founders Field.

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