Friday, April 17, 2009

Tigers top Wolverines in league play

Wood River squad falls to 4-9 overall


By EXPRESS STAFF

Wolverine Greg Wakefield displays the stroke that made him a cut above the rest in a game against Jerome Tuesday. Wakefield drove a solo home run over the left-field fence to pull Wood River within a run of the Tigers. Photo by David N. Seelig

Despite a solid performance by pitcher Greg Wakefield, the Wolverine baseball team fell to Jerome 4-3 at Founder's Field Tuesday.

"He threw 108 pitches and got better as the game went on," coach Matt Nelson said.

Jerome's Jordy Garrard notched the win for the Tigers (8-5, 2-1), scattering three hits through five innings pitched.

"The timing of our swings was a little disrupted," Nelson said.

Altogether, the Wolverines (4-9, 0-3 league) connected on four hits with a home run by Wakefield, an RBI double by Zak Sjoberg and knocks by Bryan Bray and Jimmy Hague. Tyler Peters scored twice, including a run on a squeeze play. It was the first time since April 4 the Wolverines have scored more than one run, and Nelson hopes to build on the game, despite the fact it was a loss.

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"We had a team meeting and I think we are all on the same page now," he said. "We have some positive energy coming in and we're ready to turn things around."

The second game of the home-and-home series against Jerome was supposed to take place Wednesday, but was pushed back to Thursday because of poor weather conditions.

Preston will be in town Saturday, April 18, for an 11 a.m. doubleheader at Founder's Field. The Wolverines play Burley at home Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. The second Wood River-Burley match-up has been changed to Thursday, April 23, at Burley.




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