Friday, June 29, 2012

Softball teams capture wins at Top of Tetons

Summer tourney in Driggs

Inexperienced for the most part in tournament action, the Wood River U-12 girls' fast-pitch softball team went 3-3 and placed second in the 11th annual Top of the Tetons tournament last weekend in Driggs.

Pitcher Blair Radford, the only Hailey player with previous tournament experience, led Wood River by pitching six games with 45 strikeouts and, at the plate, batting a team-leading .583 with two doubles and a home run.

Other hitting leaders for the Hailey squad coached by Tony Benson, Chris Benson and Jeff Martin were Harlee Manning .444 and Sydney Roberts .364.

Defensively, catcher Manning put out the extra effort in the high heat—keeping steals to a minimum. Playing strong infield defense were shortstop Roberts, first baseman Tess Hollister, second baseman Morgan Benson and third baseman Adelle Martin.

Outfielders were Hannah Blackwell, Abigail Benson, Cameron Martin, Sammi Brunker and Ali Rathfon.

Wood River won one of its four games with U-12 champion Storm—Radford throwing a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in a 3-0 victory. The Hailey team also defeated Teton Twisters 6-2 and Dynamite 9-4, Radford with a combined 17 strikeouts in those two wins.

Storm defeated Wood River 5-2 and 7-0 in the title games.

U-16 squad takes third place

Wood River's U-16 squad coached by Dale Martin, Jim Bradley and Raeghen Peavey went 2-2 for third place in its division of Top of the Tetons.

Only Bear Lake's No. 1 squad defeated Wood River, by 13-3 and 8-7 (8 innings) scores.

Wood River High sophomore-to-be pitcher Brittney Bradley tossed a no-hitter in a five-inning 12-0 shutout over Bear Lake No. 2. Wood River also defeated Preston 9-1.

Top Wood River hitters included first baseman Sydney Tidwell (8-for-12, 5 runs), third baseman Kori Paradis (6-for-12), shortstop Ashley Hicks (6-for-12), catcher Ciceley Peavey (5-for-12) and incoming freshman Sochie Goitiandia (7-for-14), the designated hitter.

Other Hailey players were Rachel Conover, Lacie Harrington, Haley Cutler, Alysha Herich and Kenzie Guerrero.

Most of the U-16 squad at Top of the Tetons is still young enough to play on coach Jim Bradley's U-14s, still undefeated in summer league play.

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