Four Wood River Baseball and Softball Association youth baseball teams are among 24 Idaho squads in three divisions gathering in Hailey for the 43rd annual Ray Nelson Invitational tournament Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26.
Games are played mostly at Nelson Field. Other sites are Founders Field, Wood River High School softball field, and the Wood River Middle School baseball field, all in Hailey.
Summing up, there are two Wood River teams in the six-team 12-U (12-and-under) division and one Wood River team in the 10-team 10-U class. In addition, there is one Babe Ruth entry from the Wood River Valley in the eight-team 15-U class for older ballplayers.
A family/player barbecue is Friday night after the day’s final game, at which time the Donnelley Sports Skills Challenge, for 12-U teams, is held.
It features competitions like outfield relay, around the horn, fastest around the bases and home run derby.
Tournament championship games start Saturday at 4 p.m.
Nampa won last year’s 15U Nelson title 11-1 over East Boise, with Wood River’s 14U squad finishing third of eight teams. The Meridian 10U team captured the “Minors” finale, and the Mini-Cassia Swagger captured the 12U tournament 12-5 over Meridian Maniacs.
The tourney started in 1972. It is named for Hailey baseball booster Ray Nelson, who bequeathed a love of the game to family members and friends before passing away in 1970.
Here are Nelson rosters of the Wood River baseball teams:
Wood River 15-U team
WR: Coaches Matt Douthit, Derek Stewart and Charlie Dunn.
Players are Wyatt Parish, Peter Jonnatta, Andy Ruiz, Kyle Nelson, Klayton Douthit, Hunter Stewart, Jett Erickson, Tiernan Naghsh, Alec Broman, Ike Buxton, Wilson Dunn.
First game Thursday at 6 p.m. at Founders Field vs. Cannons. Friday’s games at 10 a.m. vs. Caldwell and 2:30 p.m. vs. North Side.
Wood River 12-U All Stars team
WR: Coaches Brian Nelson and Jeff Burrell.
Players are Zane Barckholtz, Deke Burrell, James Cantrell, Jake Evans, Jake Gorham, Andrew Nelson, Blake Nelson, Cole Peterson, Ethan Shoemaker, Colby Speth, Huck Sprong, Ashton Tanner.
First game Friday at 10 a.m. vs. North Side at the Nelson Field 2. Second game Friday at noon vs. Beast at Nelson Field 2. Third game Friday at 4 p.m. at Nelson Field 2 vs. Twin Falls.
Wood River 12-U Green team
WR: Coach Brent Diehl and Clark Shafer.
Players are Ethan Marx, Peyton Wise, Slater Whitehead, Treyton Mittelstadt, Boone Scherer, Alex Shafer, Alex Lengyel, Axel Diehl, Eli Trevino, Josh Blackburn, Andrew O’Connor, Everett Johnson, Alonso Estrada.
First game Friday at 8 a.m. vs. Beast on Nelson Field No. 1. Second game at 10 a.m. at Nelson Field No. 1 vs. Twin Falls. Third game at 4 p.m. at Nelson Field 1 vs. North Side.
Wood River 10-U All Star team
WR: Coaches Matt Buxton, Chris Benson and Anthony Naghsh.
Players are Zach Benson, Billy Burks, Brock Burrell, Sebastian Buxton, Hunter McLaren, Tommy Moreland, Finn Naghsh, Eric Parris, Ryder Sarchett, Dawson Speth, Bo Swenke, Hunter Thompson.
First game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs. WR Green on Nelson Field No. 3. First game Friday at 10 a.m. on Nelson Field No.3 vs. Ammon. Second game Friday at 2 p.m. on Nelson Field No. 3 at North Side.
Wood River 10-U Green team
WR: Coaches Matt Bauer and Billy Olson.
Players are Grendal Sprong, Tommy Nisson, Asher Holden, Jonah Byington, Ryan Fergeson, Otto Olson, Dylan Bauer, Manuel Nilson, Leo Molter, Gabe Nilson, Gus Hedrick, Cole Curci.
First game Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs. WR All Stars on Nelson Field No. 3. First game Friday at 8 a.m. on Nelson Field No. 3 vs. North Side. Second game Friday at 4 p.m. on Nelson Field No. 3 vs. Ammon.