Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Softball team firms up defense, heats up its bats

Three wins at Kimberly tournament

Express Staff Writer

     Using three pitchers and getting its bats and defense in gear, the Wood River High School softball team won three of its four games at last weekend’s Kimberly tournament.

     Wood River bounced back from Friday’s heartbreaking 8-7 loss to perennial State 3A tourney qualifier Teton of Driggs to win its next three—6-2 over Spring Creek (Nev.), 7-3 over Weiser and 9-2 over South Fremont of St. Anthony.

     In 25 innings over four games and two days, coach Dale Martin’s Wood River defense made just nine errors and held opponents scoreless in 15 of those 25 frames. The Hailey offense came up with 33 hits in four games, to 16 for its foes.

     Senior slugger Sydney Tidwell, Wood River’s career home run leader, found her hitting groove with two monster home runs and seven hits in 14 trips over the two-day tournament.

     Last year the lanky first baseman led Wood River with a .444 average, 27 RBI, 6 homers and a .864 slugging percentage.

     Sophomore Lacy Harrington wielded a hot bat at Kimberly with eight hits in 13 at-bats including her first career homer—a three-run shot that broke open a scoreless tie against Spring Creek and sent Hailey’s girls to their first win.

     Normally the team’s catcher, sophomore Ciceley Peavey tossed a complete game in Friday’s 6-2 victory over Spring Creek that snapped a nine-game losing streak to start the 2013 season for Wood River.

     And sophomore staff ace Britney Bradley earned her first win with a two-hitter in Saturday’s 7-3 success over Weiser. Sophomore Ashley Hicks, Wood River’s starting shortstop, earned the pitching win in the 9-2 win over South Fremont, relieved by Bradley.

     Martin said, “All three of our pitchers pitched well. Also hitting the ball well were Kori Paradis (2 doubles), Ashley Hicks (triple) and Ciceley Peavey (double and triple).”

     In Friday’s opener against Teton, Wood River led 3-0 through three innings, fell behind 4-3, regained the lead 5-4, fell behind 6-5 after five and 7-6 after six before tying it 7-7 in the seventh. But Teton pushed across a run in the home seventh to make Wood River 0-4 on the spring season in games settled by two runs or fewer.

     Tidwell (4 RBI) smacked her first homer of the tournament against Teton and Harrington (double) added two hits. Tidwell (4 RBI) belted another homer against Spring Creek to go with Harrington’s blast and two hits by Samantha Sutton.

     Wood River rallied from a 3-2 deficit against Weiser with a five-run fourth that helped Bradley to her first pitching win. Tidwell drove home two more runs, Hicks doubled and Harrington added two hits.

     Paradis, the senior third sacker, went 3-for-3, as did Harrington, in Wood River’s 12-hit, 9-2 win over South Fremont. Hicks (triple) and Bradley (2 hits) limited the Cougars to just one hit in the pitching circle.

     Wood River (3-9, 0-5 league) seeks its first Great Basin Conference league victory when it visits Burley Friday, April 19 for a 4:30 p.m. single game.

     The Wolverines (0-3 home) turn around Saturday, April 20 and go after their first home wins of the 2013 season when Burley visits South Valley Sports Complex softball field for a 12 noon doubleheader.

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