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For the week of April 30 - May 6, 2003


Baseball team
shoots for top seed

Final games this week

Wood River High School’s baseball team is shooting for its eighth regular-season league championship in 12 years with three big games this week.

The Wolverines hosted Kimberly Tuesday, then visit Filer Thursday and host the Buhl Tribe Saturday, May 3 in the "Senior Night" home twinbill at 11 a.m. at Founders Field.

Weather has been "iffy" all spring, but Wood River wasn’t arguing about the rain last Tuesday afternoon in Hailey.

A 30-minute rain delay actually helped favored Wood River during a closely contested Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference game against upset-minded Filer at Founders Field.

Wood River (13-4-1, 3-0 SCIC) rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory over a senior-laden Filer squad (10-9, 1-3 SCIC) that was the surprise winner of the Buhl Mid-Season Classic Tournament April 12.

The winning pitcher was Wood River ace Ryne Reynoso (5-2), who threw a 99-pitch four-hitter with nine strikeouts. Reynoso struck out the side in the seventh to preserve Wood River’s first home victory.

But the big story before the rains came was Filer senior righthander Skyler Collins.

Collins, who needed only 26 pitches to retire Wood River in the third, fourth and fifth innings, was sailing along with a 2-1 lead when umpires Bill Shohoney and Brian Shields waved the players to their dugouts because of heavy rain.

Wood River’s only run was scored in the first on two-out double by Reynoso and an RBI double by Paul Tinker (2 hits, 5-for-6 twinbill). Meanwhile, Reynoso before the rain delay had endured a shaky fifth—walking two, plunking one and allowing an unearned run.

But Reynoso weathered the rain delay better than Collins.

Reynoso set down the ‘Cats 1-2-3 in the visitor sixth.

In the Hailey sixth, Tinker opened with a ground single to center. Then Collins threw six straight balls, walking Matt Conover and going to a 2-0 count on Joe Paisley. Collins inadvertently removed the bunt situation by throwing wildly into the outfield on a pickoff try. Tinker and Conover moved to third and second.

Paisley then drilled an RBI single down the third base line for a 2-2 tie. Dylan McIlhenny’s second hit, a flare to right field, brought Conover home with the eventual winning run.

In the non-league nightcap, Wood River squandered a 4-1 lead but pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth to prevail 5-4. Shortstop Drew Detwiler scored the game-winning run on a single by Steve Durkin (2 hits). It made a winner of reliever Tyler Thiede (2-0).

Wood River, ranked #1 among 3A schools in the Idahosports.com power ranking, visited Mountain Home Saturday after wet weather made Founders Field unplayable.

Preston rallied from a 4-1 deficit with a six-run fourth and ended Wood River’s three-game win streak 10-5. Thiede had three hits, Reynoso and Detwiler two each for Hailey.

In the second game, Ryne Reynoso threw a five-inning one-hitter and Wood River (11 hits) defeated Mountain Home 10-0. Durkin (2 hits, 3 RBI) led the way at the plate and Tyson Reynoso added two hits.'


WOLVERINE NOTES—Ryne Reynoso is now 17-5 in his WR pitching career, behind only Matt Zachary (21-5) in the career ranks. Matt Beck was 15-4, T.J. Peterson 12-9, Eli Lloyd 11-6 and Christian Nickum 7-0.



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