Friday, April 13, 2007

Preston arrives Saturday for Founders twinbill

Minico gets 11-5 revenge over Wolverines

Express Staff Writer

The Preston Indians had Wood River's number last year, but the Wolverines will try to switch things up Saturday when Preston arrives at Hailey's Founders Field for a high noon non-conference prep baseball doubleheader.

Preston, last year's Great Basin Conference champion, defeated Wood River 14-5 and 5-3 in Hailey and 17-3 in Preston last spring. The Indians will be coming to Hailey after a scheduled game Friday against Minico in Rupert.

Wood River (2-1 home) saw plenty of #5-ranked Minico this week, with mixed results.

Minico (11-5, 1-1 league) put together a six-run second and 13-hit attack to beat Wood River (3-9, 2-2) by a score of 11-5 Tuesday on the Rupert diamond. The Spartans gained revenge for a 5-4 conference loss to Wood River Monday.

Coach Matt Nelson's Wolverines built early leads of 2-0 and 4-2 Tuesday but couldn't make them stand up in a match-up that could have been a preview of a first-round Great Basin West tournament match-up in May.

After Saturday's home twinbill against Preston, Wood River visits Filer (3-8) Tuesday, April 17.

Meanwhile, the #2-ranked Jerome Tigers (11-0, 1-0) opened their Great Basin West pennant chase Wednesday with a 6-2 road victory at Burley (3-8, 1-2). Jerome hosted Burley Thursday in the second game of their home-and-home.

Looking ahead to the rest of the league games, the Minico-Jerome two-game series is April 17-18. Wood River and Jerome go at it April 23-24, and Burley and Minico square off April 24-25.

Since the Great Basin seems to have parity, Wood River's best hope for a first-round home game in the tournament lies with a sweep of Jerome, but failing that, a good showing in conference games including Saturday's pair against Preston.

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