Rounding into shape with five consecutive wins and eight of its last nine, the Wood River High School softball team (8-10, 5-6 league) is looking to spring some surprises in the upcoming league tournament.
Wood River polished off Minico of Rupert 17-7, 6-1 and 11-0 last weekend for its first Great Basin Conference sweep of the 2013 season. The Wolverines have outscored opponents 57-21 in their last five victories.
Thursday’s 17-7 five-inning run-rule triumph featured a 98-pitch five-hitter by sophomore righthander Britney Bradley, who struck out nine Spartans. Wood River out-hit Minico 11-5 and had three four-run rallies.
Senior third baseman Kori Paradis went 4-for-4 with 5 RBI. Paradis has received a scholarship to play softball and volleyball at Robert Morris University in Springfield, Mo. She will be signing her letter of intent Thursday, May 2 in Hailey.
Other Hailey contributors included first baseman Sydney Tidwell (2 hits, 3 RBI), Bradley (2 hits, 2 RBI), catcher Ciceley Peavey (2 hits, 2 RBI), Ashley Hicks (2 runs), Shea Goitiandia (2 runs), Chloe Evans (3 runs) and Lacy Harrington (RBI).
Sophomore Peavey (3 BB, 4 K) earned her first complete-game pitching win Friday in the tightly contested 6-1 victory at Rupert. It was scoreless through four frames, then Wood River pushed across three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh for the win.
Harrington ripped two hits. Others were Evans (2 RBI), Paradis (2 RBI). Others delivering hits were Samantha Sutton, Bradley and Tidwell.
Bradley tossed a complete-game 11-0 win in Friday’s nightcap. Harrington (3 hits, 2 RBI, double) stayed hot at the dish, as did Peavey (2 hits, 2 RBI), Valeria Morse (2 hits), Tidwell (RBI) and Hicks (RBI).
Wood River entertained last year’s GBC tournament runner-up Jerome Tuesday in Hailey, then travels to Jerome for a doubleheader today, Wednesday. The GBC 4A league tournament starts Saturday, May 4 at Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls. The Riverhawks swept through the league with a 15-0 record.
Tourney opens for WRHS baseball
Great Basin Conference tournament action opened Tuesday with No. 6-seeded Wood River (1-20, 0-15 league) visiting No. 3-seeded Jerome (14-8, 7-8) in a first-round game.
Twin Falls (17-5, 14-1) is the top tournament seed and will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between Burley and Canyon Ridge on Thursday. Last year Twin Falls (24-4) was the State 4A consolation champion.
If Wood River lost Tuesday, the Wolverines travel Thursday for an elimination game at the Burley-Canyon Ridge loser.
Last year Twin Falls defeated Minico 4-3 for the district title, then Minico dropped a 7-2 state play-in game to Skyview of Nampa. This year, the GBC gets two automatic berths to the State 4A tournament May 17-18 at Nampa.
Wood River ended its regular-season slate with 12-4, 10-0 and 15-1 losses to No. 2-seeded Minico (16-6, 13-3) last weekend. Freshman Alec Nordsieck pitched six innings and had two hits, as did Finn Isaacson, in Thursday’s 12-4 loss to Minico on the Rupert field.
Senior Ben Williams threw five strong innings in Friday’s home “Senior Day” 10-0 loss to Minico. Senior Tim Boyle threw the nightcap for the Wolverines at Founders Field.