"We just didn't have the intensity today, but Pat Patterson's pitching and our defense was awesome," said Wood River High School baseball coach Matt Nelson after Tuesday's league game at Jerome.
The favored Jerome Tigers, 7-4 losers to a fired-up Wolverine nine Monday in Hailey, gained revenge Tuesday with a 3-0 Great Basin Conference West triumph on their home field behind the shutout pitching of senior Travis Cooley, who scattered five hits and handcuffed a Wood River offense that had scored 42 runs in its previous four games.
Wood River senior Drew Anderson got two of the five Hailey hits, while Kenny Cardona, Michale Brunker and Bryan Bray got the others.
On the mound, Patterson (5 hits, 3 BB, 2 K) did his job and the improving Wood River defense committed only one error, just as it did in Monday's well-played triumph over Jerome (17-2, 4-2 league) on Hailey's Founders Field diamond.
The outcome meant that Wood River (7-10, 3-3) secured the third seed in the upcoming four-team league tourney and will travel for its first game. That didn't bother Nelson. "We're looking forward to the district tournament," he said.
The Minico Spartans (16-6, 4-2) kept pace with Jerome Tuesday with a 6-0 league victory at Burley (5-14, 1-5 league).
Defending Great Basin West champion Minico added a 16-0 home win over Burley Wednesday to tie Jerome for first place in the league and earn home field advantage in the Great Basin West tournament starting Thursday, May 3.
Wood River plays two games today in the fourth annual Tony Hansen Memorial tournament at Preston.
The Wolverines face off against the 5A Highland Rams of Pocatello at 12:45 p.m. and take the field against traditional rival Buhl at 5:15 p.m. Wood River's last preliminary game in the eight-team round-robin tourney is against Bear Lake Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
Bear Lake is the defending Tony Hansen tournament champion.