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For the week of May 2 through May 8, 2001

Wood River earns home game in SCIC softball

Tournament opens Friday in Hailey

They didn’t get everything they wanted, but Wood River High School softball players won one of two Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference league games last week to earn a tournament home game.

With senior righthander Bri Salmon (3-3) throwing a tidy six-hitter, Wood River took care of the Buhl Tribe 12-6 Thursday in a pivotal SCIC league game at South Valley Sports Complex in Hailey.

Just two days before, Wood River had narrowly lost 8-7 at home to SCIC front-runner Kimberly. But a win over Buhl was the one the Wolverines needed to take the second seed in the four-team SCIC tourney.

Wood River (9-12 overall, 3-3 league) will now entertain defending SCIC tournament champion Buhl (2-4 league) Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. on the Hailey diamond. The teams split four games this season, and divided two league affairs.

But Wood River generally does better on its homefield, including a 38-20 record the past five seasons. In tournament play, Wood River (122-140 over 10 years, 88-73 fast pitch) is 8-6 the past three years including the 1998 SCIC title.

Kimberly (11-3, 5-0 league) will be seeking its first-ever SCIC title. The Bulldogs visited Filer (4-12, 1-4 league) Tuesday afternoon in the regular-season league finale and will host Filer Friday at 5 p.m. in the other first-round SCIC game.

Second-round games are scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. with a loser bracket contest Monday and the championship game Tuesday at 5 p.m. The tournament winner automatically qualifies for the State A-2 meet May 17 in Coeur d’Alene. Buhl went last year.


WR12, Buhl 6

Buhl 17, WR 10

Salmon (8 Ks, 7 BB) spotted Buhl a 3-0 lead. The 12-hit Wolverine attack went to work, scoring 11 runs in three at-bats.

The five-run Wolverine first opened when B.J. Adams (2 hits, 2 runs) singled. Salmon (2 hits, 3 runs) had a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error.

Jonmarie Shaw (2 hits, 2 runs) delivered an RBI single, Emily Leatham added a run-scoring single and Kristin Lyons (3 hits) finished the big inning with a two-run single.

Wood River added two runs in the second on leadoff singles by Adams, Salmon and Shaw (2 RBI), a Leatham RBI grounder and Joni Chatterton’s run-scoring single. Aubrey Kirtley’s one-out single then fueled a three-run third.

Free passes (9 BB, 2 HBP) cost Wood River dearly in the 17-10 nightcap loss, which didn’t count in SCIC standings.

Shortstop Chatterton led the way with three hits and three RBI. Catcher Laurel Williams scored twice and Adams (2 runs) drilled a triple.


Kimberly 8, WR 7

Kimberly 19, WR 7

The league-leading Kimberly Bulldogs were holding their breath last Tuesday. That’s because Wood River gave the Bulldogs a huge scare.

Trailing 8-3 in the seventh inning of the SCIC game at South Valley Sports Complex, Wood River rallied for four runs and filled the bases with two outs. But the Wolverines couldn't push across the tying run and fell 8-7.

Walks and hit batsmen continued to bedevil the Wood River pitching staff.

Although Salmon whiffed 13 Bulldogs and allowed only eight hits, she issued five walks and hit two Bulldogs—and three Kimberly runs came across the plate on free passes.

Wood River's near-miracle rally in the seventh and final inning of regulation started when Ashley Washburn delivered a one-out single.

Hot hitter Adams (3 hits, 2 runs) doubled and Salmon scored a run with a grounder.

With two outs, Shaw (2 hits) chipped in with an RBI single. Williams singled and scored the seventh run on a passed ball. The Wolverines proceeded to load the bases, but Kimberly sophomore righthander Kayla Lundy enticed a game-ending grounder to keep the Bulldog SCIC unbeaten boast alive.

In the second game, Wood River jumped ahead 3-0 after one inning, Kristin Lyons hitting a two-out RBI single to plate the third run.

But Kimberly scored nine runs in the second inning on eight walks and just two hits and breezed 19-7. Williams and Shaw each had two hits and scored twice for Wood River.


Twin Falls JV 10, WR 6

WR 11, Twin Falls sophs 4

The main attraction of Friday’s regular-season home finale was "Senior Night." But the Wolverines did some celebrating on the diamond, too, particularly in game two.

Adams and sophomore Molly Meyers each ripped three hits in the opening game.

Leading the way in the nightcap win were Shaw (2 hits including a homer), Adams (triple) and Leatham (2 hits, 2 runs). Sophomore Aubrey Kirtley (1-0) earned her first pitching win, in relief.






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