WRHS baseball takes two of three from Jerome
For a bunch of ballplayers from the mountains, the Wood River High School baseball team plays pretty well in the snow, good "mudders," as they say, judging by the results of its two recent engagements.
Conquering cold and intermittent snowstorms, Wood River (3-5, 2-1 league) debuted its Great Basin Conference schedule by winning two-of-three games from the Jerome Tigers Friday and Monday.
Wood River beat Jerome 6-4 Friday at Hailey's Founders Field behind the strong pitching of Tyler Peters (1-1), then the Wolverines won the first game of a Monday twinbill at Jerome 4-3 with Jake Freeman tossing five great frames. Jerome took the nightcap 8-6.
Those two league wins weren't anything to take for granted, seeing that Wood River baseball was 1-11 in Great Basin regular-season games the last two springs.
"It was good to get two out of Jerome," said Wood River coach Matt Nelson Tuesday.
The Great Basin has gone to six teams for the first time with the addition of Twin Falls and Canyon Ridge, and the season schedule has been set up so each team plays a three-game series against each other team.
Nelson said, "Our goal is to win every series we play and that will put us in a good position in the league. We'd like to get that first game under our belt and see how we do when we play the doubleheader."
The Wolverines did just fine in terrible weather Friday.
Senior righthander Peters (80 pitches, 5 innings, 1 earned run) battled out of a bunch of jams with Tiger runners all over the Founders Field sacks. Jerome finally pushed two runs across in the fifth for a 2-1 lead, but Peters enticed a pop up to get out of a bases-loaded pickle.
The snowstorm intensified from the fifth inning on, which is when Hailey's bats heated up against Jerome righty Jordy Garrard. The big uprising took place in the home fifth, when Nelson's team (11 hits) erupted for four runs on five hits.
Right fielder Zach Israel (4-for-4, 3 runs) led off with a single to center. Nelson decided to play small ball and it paid off. Catcher Zak Sjoberg legged out a bunt single along the first base line. Peters followed suit, placing a perfect bunt down the third base line to jam the sacks.
Third baseman Jimmy Hague (2 hits, 3 RBI) made it 3-2 with a two-run double to right, then first baseman Juan Martinez caught the hitting bug with a two-run gapper double to right center. Hailey led 5-2 and Nelson handed the ball to reliever Hague, who battled the elements and Jerome.
Jerome cut its deficit to 5-3 when #9 hitter Jacob Worthington (2 hits) belted a one-out double and scored on a Nolan McDonald single. Wood River got one back in the home sixth on a one-out single by Israel and a two-out RBI double off the bat of Peters (2 hits).
In the seventh, with the snow falling full bore, Hague got the first two outs in the infield and yielded a single run, but got a fly out to end it. Wood River, tough on its home turf, now has a 54-14 mark in Founders Field games since 2002.
On Monday, Wood River started the doubleheader at Jerome in another snow squall, playing in more cold conditions. Jerome jumped on the Wolverines for three unearned runs in the first, but Freeman (1-1) settled down. Nelson said, "Jake did an outstanding job, and Zach (Israel) came on to finish it out for the save."
Wood River (2 hits) pushed across all the runs it needed for the 4-3 league win with a four-run fourth. A walk to Peters and infield single by Hague started it against Jerome starter McDonald. Martinez put his bat on the ball to drive home the first run on a bouncing ball to the infield.
Then, walks to Tanner Orchard and Alex Padilla loaded the bases for senior Keven Abbott, who delivered with a two-run single. Israel added an RBI single for the 4-3 Hailey lead.
Nelson said he liked the fact that his batters were going to deep counts and working hard.
In the back-and-forth nightcap won by Jerome 8-6, the Wolverines actually had a 5-3 lead and were thinking about a sweep when the Tigers struck for four runs in the home fifth.
Batting highlights for Wood River (8 hits) included an Israel double, a two-out RBI double by Peters, two singles by Shane Friesen, two RBI hits by John Siegel, and a run-scoring hit off the bat of Hague. Juan Martinez was the losing pitcher, and Tazmin Lyons the starter for four innings.
The Wolverines continue their Great Basin season Friday, April 9 with a single game at Burley at 4:30 p.m. Wood River entertains Burley Saturday, April 10 for a Founders Field doubleheader starting at 12 noon. Burley (4-9, 0-1) lost 12-2 at Twin Falls last Saturday.
Also this weekend, the expected frontrunners in the Great Basin clash for the first time when the Minico Spartans and Twin Falls Bruins play a three-game series.
Four-time defending Great Basin champion and reigning State 4A king Minico (12-3, 3-0 this season, 131-40 since 2005) hosts Twin Falls for a single game Friday, then the Bruins (9-1, 1-0) entertain Minico for a doubleheader on Saturday.
Wolverine tennis takes care of Cutthroats 10-2
Staying unbeaten in doubles for the young 2010 prep tennis season, the host Wood River High School squad handled The Community School 10-2 Thursday in the first of two meetings this spring between the Blaine County prep tennis powers.
The Wood River boys prevailed 5-1 over the Cutthroats boys and the Hailey girls won by an identical 5-1 score over the Sun Valley girls.
In the early going, dominant Wood River (3-0 in its matches) has won 12-0, 11-1 and 10-2 over three different foes, and has won 68 sets to just nine for opponents.
Top singles players Karl Wilander and Ellen Davis have yet to lose a match. And #1 mixed doubles team Morgan Pike and Jessica Hamilton has dropped only three games in three straight-set victories.
Wood River visited Twin Falls Tuesday and is scheduled to host Burley Thursday, April 8 in a Great Basin Conference West meet in Hailey. The Community School is due to visit Sugar-Salem today in eastern Idaho. Results from Thursday's 10-2 Wolverine win in Hailey:
Wood River 10, CSchool 2
Boys' singles: #1—Karl Wilander (WR) 6-4, 6-2 over Hunter Weaver (TCS). #2—Tim Kanellitsas (TCS) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 over Jordan Niedrich (WR). #3—Josh Morell (WR) 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 over Eric Runkel (TCS).
Girls' singles: #1—Ellen Davis (WR) 6-1, 6-1 over Julianna Lamb (TCS). #2—Emma Wilander (TCS) 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 over Erin Murphy (WR). #3—Morgan Jones (WR) 6-4, 6-1 over Audrey Kirk (TCS).
Boys' doubles: #1—Brendan Freund and R.J. Forgeon (WR) 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 over Tanner Flanigan and Jamie Jameson (TCS). #2—Raleigh Grossbaum and Charlie Grabow (WR) 6-0, 6-2 over Paul Davis and Jackson Bates (TCS).
Girls' doubles: #1—Lauren Reutter and Margaret Reutter (WR) 6-1, 6-2 over Morgan Atkinson and Gabi Perenchio (TCS). #2—Sloan Storey and Teagen Palmer (WR) 6-2, 6-2 over Nellie Brown and Frannie Sensenbrenner (TCS).
Mixed doubles: #1—Morgan Pike and Jessica Hamilton (WR) 6-1, 6-0 over Fynn Funke-Riehle and Ricki Eshman (TCS). #2—Will Eagan and Hannah Baybutt (WR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Torin Tucker and Melissa Becker (TCS).
Distance runners boost WRHS to team silver
Distance victories by senior Chase Caulkins in the 1600-meter and 3200m runs, and by junior James Paris in the 800m, sparked the Wood River High School boys' track team to second place Friday in Burley.
Wood River's boys piled up 67 points in the boys' standings to finish second of five teams behind dominant winner Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls (173).
Caulkins (4:42.0) won the 1600m by 18 seconds over runner-up Paris, then reigning State 4A cross country king Caulkins (10:08) ran away with the 3200m distance race. Paris (2:04) was the 800m winner in a personal-record time.
Ben Stout (800m), Miles Hendrix (400m dash) and Colton Seely (discus) earned runner-up placings for Wood River, as did the boys' medley relay squad of Hendrix, John Bartoletta, Connor Hesselbacher and Felipe Raygoza.
Hailey's girls also boasted three gold medal performances from Lucy Paisley (30.4) in the 200m dash, Hanna Stocks (28-5.5) in shotput and Cheyenne Swanson in the discus (101-1).
Second places at Burley went to Grace Lagodich (20.0) in the 100m high hurdles and Swanson in shotput (28-5).
Coach Monte Brothwell said, "Wood River had great results—the boys second and the girls fourth in the team results. It wasn't quite as windy as our meet at Minico, but was colder, and the sprinters had to contend with a full headwind."
Next: Another trip to Burley for scheduled meets Friday, April 9. Here are team standings and Wolverine placings from last week's Burley meet:
Teams: 1—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 173 points. 2—Wood River 67. 3—Raft River of Malta 54. 4—Burley 48. 5—Century of Pocatello 21.
400m: 2—Miles Hendrix 59.8 (PR).
800m: 1—James Paris 2:04.0 (PR). 2—Ben Stout 2:07.00 (PR). 3—Felipe Raygoza 2:09.0. 1600m: 1—Chase Caulkins 4:42.0. 2—James Paris 5:00.0. 3—Ben Stout 5:06.0 (PR). 5—Andrew Pfeiffer 5:18.0 (PR). 3200m: 1—Chase Caulkins 10:08.0. 3—Andrew Pfeiffer 11:03.0 (PR).
Discus: 2—Colton Seely 109-10 (PR).
Medley relay: 2—Wood River (Miles Hendrix, John Bartoletta, Connor Hesselbacher, Felipe Raygoza) 4:11.0.
Teams: 1—Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls 123 points. 2—Burley 75. 3—Raft River of Malta 73. 4—Wood River 57. 5—Century of Pocatello 21.
200m: 1—Lucy Paisley 30.4.
800m: 3—Alison Town 2:51.0. 1600m: 4—Telar McClure 6:57.00 (PR). 3200m: 3—Alison Town 14:56.0 (PR). 4—Dani McLaughlin 14:57.0 (PR).
100m high hurdles: 2—Grace Lagodich 20.0.
High jump: 5—Grace Lagodich 4-2. Shotput: 1—Hanna Stocks 28-5.5. 2—Cheyenne Swanson 28-5. Discus: 1—Cheyenne Swanson 101-1. 3—Hanna Stocks 83-2 (PR).
4x100m relay: 3—Wood River (Nicole Pratt, Gracie Eagan, Lucy Paisley, Grace Lagodich) 57.0 (PR).