Friday, April 13, 2012

Big inning boosts Hailey baseball team

Burley series is next

On a gorgeous day for spring baseball, the Wood River High School baseball team ran into a fundamentally strong Kimberly Bulldog nine and dropped an 11-1 and 15-9 nonconference doubleheader Tuesday at Hailey's Founders Field.

Three days after getting a rare no-hitter from junior James Wathen, unbeaten Kimberly (12-0) showed it has more arms in its arsenal when Clay Mathews tossed an efficient 56-pitch 3-hitter and allowed no earned runs in the 11-1, six-inning opening game.

Bulldog left fielder Riley Carlton (3 hits, 3 RBI) had the big blows as Kimberly extended its 4-1 lead after four frames with a 4-run fifth and 3-run sixth. Finn Isaacson, Austin Hafer (double) and Tim Boyle had the Wood River hits, with Nick Brunker and Ben Williams throwing for coach Matt Nelson's Wolverines.

Wood River started off slowly in the nightcap, trailing 9-1 entering the home fourth.

Then, the Wolverines pieced together a 7-run fourth off Bulldog senior Seth Champlin, who had started for the 'Dogs (20-5) in last May's State 3A baseball tournament semifinal game won 11-2 by eventual champion Fruitland (26-1).

Nelson said about his players, "They exploded for the first time this year, hit Champlin hard and played their best baseball so far. We cut their lead to 9-8 and added one more run in the fifth. The big men on the mound were rubber-armed Tim Boyle and Hafer."

Leading the 7-hit attack were Hafer (3-for-3, 2 stolen bases, 3 RBI) and Boyle (2 hits).

The Wolverines (1-12, 0-6 league) travel today to Burley (2-8, 1-5) and host Burley Saturday, April 14 for a noon Founders Field twinbill.

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