Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hailey baseball team ready for Founders finale

Thursday with Twin Falls

Fresh off one of its best efforts of the season, the Wood River High School baseball team is gearing up for its 2012 home finale and "Senior Day" honoring one of its best contributors, Austin Hafer.

Wood River salutes Hafer Thursday, April 26 at Founders Field when the Wolverines host the league-leading Twin Falls Bruins (16-3, 11-1 league) in a Great Basin Conference doubleheader on the Hailey field. Game One begins at 3 p.m. The ceremony is between games.

Coach Matt Nelson said, "Austin is our lone senior and he is having an incredible year. He's been a huge difference maker on the field and in the classroom—a great addition to our community."

Hafer has been one of Wood River's constants during a spring season when a very young Hailey squad (1-18, 0-12 league) has taken its share of lumps and never wavered from its commitment to learn and make progress.

Last weekend, the perennial league contender Minico Spartans (12-7, 9-3 league) run-ruled Wood River 11-1 in five innings Friday at Founders Field. Lanky sophomore Finn Isaacson allowed 15 hits, but the Spartans had only one big inning, six runs in the fourth.

The determined Wolverines bounced back Saturday in Rupert and lost twice, but the scores were closer at 7-1 and 2-0. Nelson said, "We are inches away from accomplishing great things on the diamond.

"This past weekend started like the rest with an 11-1 loss. Some costly errors hurt us early and timely hitting on the part of the Spartans allowed for a six-run fourth inning.

"On Saturday we battled to the last out in both games. In the first game the Spartans pitcher kept our kids off balance and we only scattered a few hits. Then our pitching and defense went on lockdown. We did not commit another error, but Minico's pitching was too tough for our guys and we 7-1.

"In the nightcap, it was a pitchers' duel from the get-go. We played incredible defense all afternoon but fell short in what was the best game a Wood River team has played at Minico since 2005. We ended up losing again, this time 2-0.

"Tim Boyle (a 5-9 junior southpaw) pitched another gem (only 9 hits, 2 earned runs in 6 frames). Austin, Nick Brunker and Boyle again had a huge day at the plate. We also had solid defensive performances by Jared Anderson and Armando Gomez. They made play after play to stop Minco rallies and keep the games close."

No. 6-seeded Wood River will open the Great Basin Conference tournament Tuesday, May 1 against the No. 3-seeded team, which essentially will be whichever team comes up short in this coming weekend's three-game series between Minico and Jerome (12-5, 8-4 league).

Outfielder Seamons honored as Tiger senior

Wood River American Legion baseball head coach Trent Seamons of Hailey was saluted Monday on "Senior Night" for the Campbellsville (Ky.) University Tigers. He is now heading with his team into the Mid-South Conference (MSC) baseball playoffs Thursday.

Seamons, son of Dave and Val Seamons of Hailey, is a 6-0 senior outfielder for the Tigers.

His defensive skills have earned Seamons a MSC East Region Golden Glove honor. This spring, his second season with the Tigers, he has raised his season batting average to over the .300 level.

Over two Tiger campaigns, Seamons has made only one fielding error. He has handled 40 chances successfully this season for a fielding average of 1.000. In his 90 Tiger games in 2011 and 2012, he has 71 putouts and made one error.

This spring Seamons is hitting .304 with 31 hits and 16 RBI. Last year, his first with Campbellsville after playing junior college baseball for Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore., Seamons hit .247 with 20 stolen bases. His two-year batting average is .279 in 90 games.

Campbellsville (35-14, 20-4 home, 14-7 league) is ranked third in its 10-team league and will host its first-round game in the league playoffs Thursday, April 26 at Tiger Field.

Seamons, a 2008 Wood River High School graduate, was a star outfielder and reliable pitcher for the last Wolverine baseball team to make the state tournament, in May 2008. He spent last summer in his first year coaching the local American Legion baseball team.

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