Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WRHS boys scare Tigers in baseball nightcap

Outcome comes down to final pitch

Wood River High School senior third baseman Ben Williams gets down and dirty to make a play on a ground ball during Friday’s Great Basin Confer-ence doubleheader against Jerome at Hailey’s Founders Field. Photo by Willy Cook

     Seeking its first win of the season, the Wood River High School varsity baseball team entered this pivotal week of action with a strong performance against the Jerome Tigers in the second game of Friday’s Great Basin Conference doubleheader in Hailey.

     Led by the pitching of senior righty Tim Boyle (7 hits, 3 walks), the Wolverines seized an early 2-0 lead and watched Jerome battle back for a 6-2 advantage. In the home seventh Wood River scored once and had the winning run at the plate when the game ended.

     Wood River coach Matt Nelson said, “We pulled together behind our little ace-in-the-hole Tim Boyle. Over the next couple of weeks we’re prepping for our district tournament run.”

     The Wolverines (0-14, 0-9 league) were due to host Filer’s Wildcats Tuesday at Founders and then entertain another GBC squad struggling for offense when the winless Burley Bobcats invade Hailey Friday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. for a single game. Wood River goes to Burley for two Saturday.

     In Friday’s first game at Founders Field, Jerome capitalized on untimely Wood River errors and put together some good situational hitting to tame the host Wolverines 14-0. Nick Brunker absorbed the loss on the mound and Alec Nordsieck managed the only Hailey hit.

     Wood River, in the nightcap, took an early lead for the second time in the three-game series 2-0 into the fourth frame. The Tigers had rallied for a 12-2 win over the Hailey boys Wednesday in Jerome after Wood River also scored early.

     Nelson said, “In the bottom of the seventh our boys came out ready to win the game. After two quick outs, Finn Isaacson earned a walk, Boyle hit a seeing-eye single to right moving Finn to third and Brunker singled to right to score Finn.

     “Ben Williams represented the tying run and drew a walk.  The bases were loaded for big Zack Freeman who has been hitting well lately. He battled to a full count and nine pitches and just missed strike three.”

     Encouraged by his junior varsity squad, head coach Nelson brought JV player Nic Tidwell up for Friday’s game, and “Nic did an outstanding job on defense,” Nelson said.

     He added, “We have a very talented group of kids at the JV level. I’m excited about bringing those who have earned it up at the end of the year.”

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