Continuing to make big statements with its bats, the Wood River High School softball team stayed on mid-season roll with a three-game Great Basin Conference sweep over the Jerome Tigers last Friday and Saturday at two sites.
Wood River won the league series 14-11, 10-0 and 16-5 as freshman pitcher Blair Radford earned all three wins and the Wolverines outhit Jerome 41-21. The Hailey defense committed only seven errors in the 20 innings, compared to Jerome’s 13.
Coach Dale Martin’s Wolverines (12-4, 6-3 league) stretched their winning streak to seven games.
His team has won nine of its last 10 games and has outscored opponents 119-45 in that 10-game stretch. Only league front-runner Twin Falls and Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls have beaten Hailey since mid-March.
Martin said about the Jerome series, “It was a great series for Wood River as we continued to hit the ball and score runs. We had some great plays on defense. Freshman Blair Radford (13 strikeouts and just 5 walks in 15 innings) pitched well.
“The highlight of the series was the offense.”
Wood River started strong in that area Friday with an eight-run first and 10-2 lead after three frames in the first game of the home twinbill against Jerome. Shelby Cooper cracked a two-run double to start the big inning and Cassidy Cooper had three hits in her first three trips.
Jerome rallied with a nine-run fifth to slip ahead 11-10, but Wood River scored four runs in the home sixth to ice the victory. Other hitters were Ciceley Peavey (3 hits) and Samantha Sutton (2 hits, 3 runs). Cassidy Cooper had a game-ending double play to hold off Jerome.
Radford (6-1) tossed a three-hit shutout, her first, in Friday’s 10-0 second game triumph. She whiffed six and walked none. Leading Hailey’s nine-hit attack were Ashley Hicks (2 hits, 2 runs), Radford (2 hits, 2 runs), Chloe Evans (2 RBI), Shelby Cooper (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RI) and Cassidy Cooper (2 RBI).
Streaky Wood River hitting resumed Saturday at Jerome with an 18-hit attack including six-run and five-run outbursts in the 16-5 win—second sacker Shelby Cooper (5 hits, 3 doubles, 2 RBI) leading the way.
Others with two hits were Hicks (2 doubles, 2 RBI), Peavey (2 hits, 3 runs), Brittney Bradley (2 hits, 2 runs), Cassidy Cooper (2 RBI) and Lacy Harrington (2 hits, 2 runs). Radford (double) and Molly Whittington each drove home two.
For three games, top hitting totals were Shelby Cooper (9-for-12, 7 runs, 6 RBI), Cassidy Cooper (6-for-8, 4 RBI, 4 BB), Hicks (5-for-13, 6 runs, 4 RBI), Peavey (6-for-14, 6 runs), Radford (4-for-10, 4 runs), Sutton (.333) and Bradley (.300).
Wood River played GBC unbeaten leader Twin Falls Tuesday to complete the season’s three-game series with the reigning league champions. The Wolverines travel to Burley for a league doubleheader Thursday and host Burley Friday for the 3:30 p.m. “Senior Night” start.
Next Tuesday’s make-up doubleheader in Twin Falls against Canyon Ridge will finalize the league standings for the GBC tournament that begins Saturday, May 3 at top-seeded Twin Falls High School. Wood River will be shooting to slip past Canyon Ridge and earn the No. 2 seed and first-round tourney bye.