Friday, April 4, 2008

Gove’s one-hitter not enough for softball team

Minico scores late, nips WRHS 3-2

Hannah Gove baffled the Minico hitters Wednesday but still left the Rupert field with a loss. Photo by David N. Seelig

    Senior righthanded pitcher Hannah Gove has really stepped it up for the Wood River High School softball team in her last two games. She hasn’t allowed an earned run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and walking no batters.
    It’s a good thing, too, because Wood River’s junior pitcher Samantha Engel is sidelined for a week with a knee injury she suffered sliding into third base during her team’s 19-0 win at Filer March 29.

    So Gove was the starting pitcher when Wood River faced off against Minico Wednesday in Rupert. Gove (9 K, 0 BB, 0 earned runs, 86 pitches) threw a masterful game against the Spartans in Wood River’s Great Basin Conference West opener.
    Gove finished with her second straight one-hitter, but the one hit she allowed was decisive in the seventh inning.
    Minico’s Jenna Bingham singled home the winning run after a pair of Wolverine errors and the Spartans, trailing 2-0 since the first inning, rallied with three runs in the home seventh for a 3-2 league victory.
    It was the first win for Minico (1-4, 1-0 league).
    Hailey coach Dale Martin said, “Hannah pitched one of the best games ever at WRHS. Minico scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh with the ball never being hit out of the infield. Both pitchers threw great games.”
    Minico’s Allie Thain (16 K) also threw a one-hitter, yielding only a single to Wood River’s Lacie Anderson. “We did nothing at the plate,” said Wood River coach Martin.
    Wood River (2-4, 0-2 league) was supposed to have a home game today, Friday. Because the Hailey field isn’t quite ready, Wood River will play Preston in a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader today at Minico High School in Rupert, and then will travel to Pocatello for a noon doubleheader against Century Saturday, April 5.

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