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Wednesday, April 28, 2004


WRHS nine keeps the ball rolling

Wolverines handle Kuna, Teton at home

Playing without two starters, the Wood River High School baseball team met the challenge and polished off two tough visitors, Kuna and Teton, by scores of 3-0 and 14-4 Saturday at Founders Field, Hailey.

Righty Steve Hansen (4-2) tossed a two-hit masterpiece in the opening 3-0 non-conference win against 4A Kuna (11-8). He whiffed six Kavemen and walked just one as the seven-inning game finished in a breezy 85 minutes.

Steve Durkin, Wood River shortstop, records an out. Express photo by Willy Cook

With center fielder Joe Paisley (music camp) and designated hitter/pitcher Tyson Reynoso (college visit) out of town, Wood River made the most of its five hits and scratched out its second shutout of the season.

"It was a good baseball game, the kind we hoped to have more often when we made up the schedule," said Wood River coach Lars Hovey. "So many games weíve played have been over in the first or second innings. This one helped us keep our focus."

Leadoff batter Brady Femling drew a walk in the third inning and scored on a one-out RBI single by Kellen Kinghorn for the only run Hansen needed.

In the sixth, a one-out walk to Kinghorn, single by Dylan McIlhenny and two-run double by Tyler Thiede gave Hansen insurance and he finished his complete-game victory.

Ted Dankanyin and Dylan Fullmer added Wood Riverís other hits.

Hovey sent freshman Kenny Cardona to the hill in Saturdayís nightcap against Wood Riverís foe in the 2003 State 3A championship game, Teton of Driggs. Cardona (2-0) gave Hovey just what was neededófour innings of clean, four-hit work. He threw 74 pitches, allowing one earned run.

"Kenny is moving up in the depth chart," said Hovey. "He never seems to get hit hard. Against Teton he did a great job of maintaining his focus, ignoring the distractions and concentrating on only the next pitch."

At the plate, Wood River took advantage of nine free passes and seven hits to run-rule the Redskins 14-4 in six innings. A six-run third inning gave the Wolverines an 8-2 cushion.

Wood River batted around in the third. Femling (2 runs) opened with a single, Steve Durkin was plunked, Hansen (2 hits, 2 RBI, 3 runs) ripped an RBI single to right and McIlhenny (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI) doubled. Ben Molyneux chipped in an RBI single.

McIlhenny added a two-out, two-run single in Wood Riverís three-run fifth. Thiede, who led off with a single, then scored the winning run in the sixth on a bases-loaded hit batsman.


Preston tourney next

Wood River (14-3, 3-1 SCIC) hosted Kimberly (0-14, 0-3) Tuesday at Founders Field, looking to nail down the Hailey programís ninth regular-season league title in 13 years and its fourth straight SCIC title.

By winning both games Tuesday, Wood River would have assured itself of a home date against #4-seeded Kimberly when the four-team SCIC tourney opens Friday, May 7.

Wood River, which avenged an early-season 6-2 loss with Saturdayís home win over Kuna, is looking to settle a score with Filer (15-4, 3-2) in the SCIC tourney. Filerís 7-2 win over visiting Wood River April 20 snapped Haileyís 20-game SCIC unbeaten streak in games that counted since 2001.

This coming weekend, Wood Riverís varsity closes its season slate at the eight-team Preston tournament. The Wolverines are ranked first in the Idahosports.com poll of 3A schools ahead of #2-ranked Filer.

Wood River plays Sugar-Salem Friday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. and comes right back against Mountain Crests (Utah) at 2:45 p.m. On Saturday, May 1, the Wolverines meet Madison of Rexburg at 11:45 a.m.

The championship and consolation games are scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. The teams in the other side of the tournament bracket are Preston, South Fremont of St. Anthony plus Logan (Utah) and Skyview (Utah).

With three wins, 13th-year coach Hovey (197-155-1) will reach the 200-win milestone in his Wood River diamond stint.


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