Friday, April 9, 2010

Softball team heads to Kimberly for tourney

League play continues for Wolverines

Wood River High School softball players must be wondering when their 2010 season will ever get off the ground.

Because of bad weather, the Wolverines have played only four games and 21 innings out of a possible 28 in the first month of the spring campaign. Wednesday's Great Basin Conference game at Jerome was actually played over two days, and it lasted just five innings.

"We are still a work in progress," said head coach Dale Martin, referring to the team's make-up but also to the slow-starting season as a whole.

He added, "We will get better—we just need to play. Most teams have played 13 or 14 games, and we've played four."

Fortunately, the weather forecast is decent for the third annual Lady Dawgs Spring Classic eight-team tournament today, Friday and Saturday, April 10-11 hosted by Kimberly.

Wood River (1-3, 1-1 league) has four games in the two-day meet and should get home early for Saturday's Junior Prom.

The Wolverines play Highland of Pocatello at 1 p.m. and Teton of Driggs at 3 p.m. today. On Saturday, Wood River goes against Homedale at 10 a.m. and plays Shelley at 12 noon. Other teams are Kimberly, Buhl and Spring Creek (Nev.).

Last Friday's snowstorm that cut short the Wood River-Jerome league game at Forsyth Park in Jerome turned out to be favorable to the Tigers.

"We gave up 10 runs in one inning as the snow came down and Jerome didn't have to pitch in the snow," said Martin. The Tigers led 10-2 after two innings when the game was suspended. It was resumed in the third inning on Wednesday.

Jerome (5-7, 1-0 league) ended up winning the five-inning, run-rule affair 16-6 behind the pitching of Colby Argyle, who yielded 10 hits but walked only one. In contrast, Wood River pitcher Ali Levy (6 hits, 10 walks) had the tough assignment of throwing in the snow Friday. Josie Dawson relieved her on Wednesday.

The main thorn in Wood River's side was Jerome's T.J. Surrage (2 HR, 7 RBI).

"We hit the ball well (10 hits), but we still need production from the bottom of the batting order," said Martin. "I saw some very positive things. We're still giving up too many walks—12 against Jerome—and 11 came around to score."

Leaders at the plate were Levy (3-for-3, double, 2 RBI), Madison Gove (2 hits, RBI), Kaitana Martinez (2 hits, double, 2 runs), Dawson (double) and Taylor Gove (2 RBI).

Wood River has rescheduled its league doubleheader with Jerome for Tuesday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. at South Valley Sports Complex softball field in Hailey.

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