With state tournament experience and strong pitching, the Buhl Tribe came to Hailey's Founders Field Tuesday afternoon and whipped the struggling Wood River High baseball team 16-1 in six innings.
Only a single game was played. That was enough for Wood River (3-13), which dropped its ninth straight. Third in the State 3A tourney last year, Buhl (12-4, 32-14 two seasons) looked every bit like a team that will contend again.
Buhl's left-handed slugger Matt Hamilton (4 hits, 6 RBI, 2 HRs, grand slam) sparked the 13-hit Tribe attack with a matching pair of very long opposite-field homers. Seven of the Tribe starters hit safely and the stingy visitors committed only one error in the field.
Wood River (5 errors) allowed three unearned runs as Buhl chipped away and built a 6-0 lead after four. The Tribe sent up 13 batters in a 10-run sixth that ended the non-league game on the 10-run rule. Winner was righty Dylan Brooks (60 pitches, 0 runs, 4 hits, 4 K).
Senior starting pitcher Tyler Peters (106 pitches, 5 innings, 4 earned runs, 10 hits, 1 BB, 9 K) didn't get much help from his fielders but had an encouraging performance. Peters threw a ton of first-pitch strikes and struck out the side twice.
Wood River (8 hits) rapped the ball hard throughout the game but mostly directly at Tribe fielders.
Zach Israel (3 hits, double) continued his consistent hitting and another southpaw, Alex Padilla (2 hits) put down a perfect bunt single. Twice, the Wolverines filled the bases with one out but managed to score a single run, when Peters was hit by a pitch with the sacks jammed.
Alex Thomas also had a nice bunt single and Taz Lyons singled late in the game. So did Juan Martinez.
Wood River visited league-leading Twin Falls (17-3, 8-1) Thursday, April 22 and hosts Twin Friday for a Founders Field twinbill at 3 p.m.