Friday, April 27, 2007

Wolverines win 6-5 squeaker with Burley

Softball team improves conference record to 3-1

Express Staff Writer

After losing a heartbreaker last weekend, the Wood River High School girls' softball team got back on the winning track Tuesday with a 6-5 Great Basin West Conference win in Burley.

The victory over the Bobcats lifted the Wolverines to 3-1 in conference play and 9-10 overall. The game followed a Saturday match in Mountain Home when the Wolverines fell in a tough defensive struggle 1-0 to the Tigers.

Wolverine hurler Hannah Gove (4-5) started Tuesday's game on the mound. She struggled in the third inning, giving up six hits and all five of the Bobcat runs. Samantha Engel relieved Gove the final four frames, giving up only one hit and holding Burley scoreless to record the win and boost her season record to 5-5.

But what Gove lacked on the mound, she made up for at the plate, going 4-4 to lead the Wolverines' 12-hit game.

Engel chipped in with two Wood River hits, as did Angela Coleman and Trista Behr. Vanessa Valentine and Alex Lindbloom got one hit apiece.

Wood River grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the second, but trailed 5-3 at the end of the third. Two more Wolverine runs in the fourth evened things up at 5 each, a score that lasted until the seventh and final frame when Wood River scored a run and Burley didn't.

Bobcat hurler Molly Mills took the loss.

Wolverine coach Dale Martin said he was pleased with the Wolverines' hitting game and credited Engel with a great performance on the mound.

The Wolverines get to play their next four games at home. Thursday they hosted the Jerome Tigers and tonight at 4:30 p.m. they play a makeup game with the Filer Wildcats. Monday at 4:30 p.m. Wood River plays another makeup game against the Glenns Ferry Pilots on the Hailey diamond. Wood River's final regular season game is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at home against Burley.

In other softball news, Martin and Jay Gove are putting together the U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16-18 travel teams and have scheduled and organizational meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the High School Distance Learning Center. Parents, coaches, players and anyone else interested are invited to attend. For more information contact Gove at 788-3520 or Martin at 720-5133.

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