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For the week of May 7 - 13, 2003


Reynoso pitches Hailey to top seed

Beats Buhl 12-4

Ryne Reynoso was nearly perfect Monday afternoon in Hailey—and his pitching and batting sparked the Wood River High School baseball team to another league season title.

Ryne Reynoso strides to the plate at Founders Field. Monday, he mixed up his deuce, change and knuckler with his fastball to completely throw Buhl off balance. He was perfect through four. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Senior righthander Reynoso (7-2, 19-5 career) retired the first 13 Buhl batters and took a perfect game into the fifth inning. He also blasted a two-run double and two-run homer sparking Wood River to a 12-4 league victory over the Tribe.

The Wolverines earned the top seed in the upcoming Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference tournament starting Friday.

With the win, coach Lars Hovey’s respected Wood River baseball program nailed down its eighth regular-season league title in 12 years. Wood River (19-4-1) remains the #1-ranked 3A team in the Idahosports.com power ranking.

They showed it in the first inning against Buhl, ripping five straight hits and scoring seven runs off Tribe ace Tim Bourner. Reynoso ripped a 3-0 pitch over the right field fence for a two-run round-tripper and 12-0 Hailey lead in the third.

Reynoso (11 K, 116 pitches, no walks) whiffed nine of the first 11 Tribe batters he retired. A scratch infield single by Tribe defensive replacement Mitch Bourner broke up the perfect game in the fifth. Buhl (5 hits) had two unearned runs.

The heart and soul of the Wood River baseball team is catcher Kellen Chatterton, who has fought through injury after injury and keeps on running. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Each Wood River starter hit safely in the 14-hit attack led by Matt Conover (3 hits, 2 RBI), Kellen Chatterton (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Steve Hansen (2 hits).

In the second, non-league game, soph righty Hansen (6-1) tamed Buhl on three hits in a complete-game 5-2 triumph.

Wood River put itself in position to nail down the league crown with a 17-6 and 16-5 SCIC sweep at Filer on Thursday.

Senior Drew Detwiler (2-0) tossed a five-inning seven-hitter in the first league game. Reynoso clouted a three-run homer in the first and Paul Tinker (3 hits, 3 runs) belted a two-run double that sparked Wood River’s eight-run third.

Other contributors to Hailey’s 15-hit attack: Tyler Thiede (2 hits, 2 runs), Brady Femling (2 hits, 2 RBI), Conover (2 hits) and Chatterton (2 hits).

Tinker, who had six hits for the doubleheader, ripped a three-run homer in the 16-5 second-game victory. Hansen picked up the pitching win in relief. Leadoff Detwiler had two hits and scored three runs.

One of the most valuable Wolverine players is senior shortstop Drew Detwiler. He leads off, plays his position well and gives coach Lars Hovey big innings on the hill. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Tuesday, host Wood River rallied from a 3-0 deficit and beat upset-minded Kimberly 6-3. Reynoso (12 K) scattered six hits in the complete-game win. Conover’s two-run double fueled the five-run Hailey third. Chatterton had two hits.

In the nightcap, Tyson Reynoso (2-0) earned the victory as Wood River (14 hits) held off the Bulldogs 13-8 in a 28-hit hitfest.

Tinker’s leadoff double and an RBI single by Steve Durkin started a five-run fourth that extended Wood River’s 8-6 lead. Other hitters were Conover (3-for-4), Detwiler (3 runs) and Femling (2 hits, 2 runs).


District baseball Friday

Wood River goes for its second straight Fourth District 3A championship—and fourth in five years—starting Friday, May 9 in a first-round game starting at 5 p.m. at Founders.

The Wolverines play either Kimberly or Filer. Then, if the Hailey batters win Friday’s home game, they’ll host the SCIC semi-final Saturday at 11 a.m. at Founders Field.

Wood River defeated Kimberly 3-2 for last year’s district title. Championship game is next Tuesday. The winner advances to the State 3A tournament May 22 in Ontario, Ore.


WOLVERINE NOTES—Ryne Reynoso is now 19-5 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…..Filer has never been in the district championship. Kimberly is 0-1 in its championship game appearances, Buhl is 4-4 and Wood River 3-3 since the season-ending tournaments started in 1992….The Wolverines are 19-1 at home the last two years and have dominated in SCIC play—going 15-0 in all league games that counted, and 24-1 in all league games. This year, going 12-0 in league games, they’ve outscored SCIC opponents 163-58.….12th-year coach Hovey has a 177-152-1 record….Last year’s team was 18-5 at this point, scoring 200 runs (8.7) and yielding 115 (5.5). This year’s team is 19-4-1, scoring 274 (11.4) and allowing just 101 (4.2). That means that, in just 24 games, this year’s team has nearly reached the school-record 276 runs scored by the 2001 squad in a total of 32 games.


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