Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hailey girls keep scoring, beat Jerome

Three-game sweep over Tigers

Wood River center fielder Lacy Harrington runs down a Jerome Tiger fly ball, with left fielder Blair Radford (left) right there, during last Friday’s 14-11 Wolverine home league win over Jerome at South Valley Sports Complex softball field in Hailey. Photo by Roland Lane

     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.

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