Friday, April 6, 2012

Big Riverhawk rallies sweep Wood River

League baseball at Founders Field

A couple of big innings by the visiting Canyon Ridge Riverhawks spoiled some promising efforts by a very young Wood River High School baseball team Tuesday afternoon in the 2012 home opener at Hailey's Founders Field.

Wood River carried a 5-3 lead into the sixth inning of the Great Basin Conference opening game of the doubleheader, but the Riverhawks bats got hot at the right time and the visitors exploded for six runs and the 9-5 league victory.

In the five-inning nightcap, coach Matt Nelson's Wolverines led 4-3 after four frames but Canyon Ridge came alive for 16 runs in the fifth inning and coasted to the 19-4 triumph and the twinbill sweep.

Wood River (1-7, 0-3 league) benefited from solid pitching by Finn Isaacson and Austin Hafer but couldn't put the closing touches on the games. Canyon Ridge (4-3, 3-0) stayed unbeaten in league play after sweeping its three games with Wood River this season.

In Tuesday's first game, Wood River trailed 3-0 but sent 10 batters to the plate in a four-run third for a 4-3 lead.

Center fielder Hafer (2 hits, 2 runs) drilled an RBI single and catcher Nic Brunker (3 hits) added a single. Third baseman Ben Williams drew a bases-loaded walk and right fielder Joe McGonigal put down a perfect squeeze bunt to deliver the Wolverine runs.

Two-out doubles by Hafer and Brunker extended the Hailey lead to 5-3 in the fourth.

That's as much as the Wolverine offense could muster for the rest of the game—chiefly because hard-throwing Riverhawks righty Garrett Basham closed the door with two innings of 1-hit scoreless relief for Canyon Ridge winning pitcher Kaleb Price.

Riverhawk doubles by Connor Stubblefield and Trae Bishop dispatched Isaacson (5.3 innings, 5 earned runs, 7 hits, 5 walks, 2 HBP, 6 K) during Canyon Ridge's 6-run, 5-hit sixth.

A two-out double by Tyler Galbreath stretched the lead to 8-5, then Riverhawks right fielder Galbreath made a diving catch of Isaacson's line drive in the home sixth to stymie Hailey's comeback bid.

Canyon Ridge out-hit Wood River 10-6 in the opener, and 13-5 in the second-game blowout. Hafer pitched the Wolverines into the early lead in the nightcap before the 'Hawks bats came alive and sealed the win.

The Wolverines host the Jerome Tigers today, Friday for a single 4:30 p.m. league contest at Founders Field, then Wood River and Jerome face off again for two games Saturday, April 7 at 12 noon at Jerome.

On Tuesday, Wood River hosts Kimberly for a non-conference league affair beginning at 3 p.m. at Founders.

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