Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hafer pitches Legion past Razorbacks 7-6

Legions splits Founders Field twinbill


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

On the diamond, basketball court and football field, Austin Hafer has provided Wood River High School athletic teams with athleticism and leadership since moving to the Wood River Valley from Boise in 2011 prior to his senior year.

Hafer, a righthanded hitter but left-handed thrower, turned out to be the "man" once again Monday at Hailey's Founders Field in the second game of an American Legion Area C "A" baseball doubleheader against the defending district champion Pocatello Razorbacks.

Given the ball after Wood River (8 errors, 9 unearned runs) slogged through a 16-2 five-inning loss to Pocatello in the first game, Hafer did the job on the hill for the Wranglers. Hafer (2-1) threw a complete-game 10-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 7-6 Wranglers victory.

Wood River (4-6), having won only one of its last six games, thus celebrated a hard-earned triumph over one of southern Idaho's best Legion "A" clubs. Winners of five of their last six games, the Razorbacks (14-8) were champions of the Nampa Father's Day Invitational tournament June 17.

There was nothing easy about the 7-6 win—Wood River's first home victory of the summer campaign.

Yet if coach Trent Seamons' Wranglers (15 hits in Monday's twinbill) are doing one thing consistently this summer, it's putting runners on base.

They're just not always bringing them home.

After leaving 10 runners on base in the first game—eight in scoring position—the Wranglers left 11 aboard in the nightcap. But they did get a few clutch hits to push them home.

Trailing 4-3 in the home sixth, Wood River rallied for four runs against Razorbacks reliever Andy Burtenshaw.

Tim Boyle worked a leadoff walk on five pitches and Hafer (2 hits, 3 runs) drilled a 2-0 offering to left for a double. With one out, third baseman Brandon Benson (2 hits) ripped a two-run double for a 5-4 lead.

Wood River tacked on two more runs for a 7-4 lead after walks to Joe McGonigal and Junior Solis, and a series of passed balls and wild pitches.

Hafer went back to the mound needing only three outs for the victory, but Pocatello's Justin Stiffler and Burtenshaw greeted him with leadoff singles. Razorbacks coach summoned big Zach Arzola as a pinch-hitter—the lefty slugger representing the tying run at the plate with nobody out.

But southpaw Hafer whiffed Arzola on three pitches, the final one a curve ball that froze the big guy and retired him, looking. The next hitter, Robert Nigh, got ahead on the count 3-0, but Hafer regrouped and struck him out, swinging. Chase Teter's two-run double made it 7-6, then Hafer enticed an infield pop-out to end it with the tying run at third base.

Hafer (10 hits, 5 BB, 10 K) struck out the side in the fifth after the Razorbacks had scored three times for a 4-2 lead. Another leader at the plate for Wood River was catcher/shortstop Nic Brunker, with four hits in the double dip.

Wood River jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning of the second game on walks to Cameron Benson and Hafer, followed by a run-scoring single by Brunker and bases-loaded walk drawn by Solis. In the fourth the Wranglers added one run when Hafer was plunked and Brunker ripped an RBI double.

In Monday's first game, Wood River pitchers Cameron Benson and Boyle gave up 10 hits and yielded nine unearned runs in the 16-2 loss. Brunker and third baseman Alec Nordsieck had two singles apiece.

For Pocatello, Stiffler (4 hits, 4 RBI) stroked two doubles and righthander Logan Schmidt (7 hits, 4 BB, 5 K) tossed the complete game on 111 pitches.

Wood River resumes action Monday, July 9 with a home doubleheader against Blackfoot's Broncos at Founders.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.