Legion wins three
at Marsh Falls meet
Swinging the bats
a little better
watch out for the Wood River American Legion baseball team in another
month when the state-qualifying district tournament begins.
River, young and willing, is also finding out what it takes to win on
the road in a tournament setting. Last weekend’s Marsh Falls meet in
American Falls was a good example.
Wolverines (15-14 overall, 4-5 league) completed a challenging stretch
of 29 games in 28 days by winning three games and losing twice in the
three-day, 12-team tournament.
Lars Hovey, bringing only 11 players, said, "We played pretty well,
especially swinging the bat."
metal bat tourney Wood River scored 48 runs in five games—four more
runs than the Wolverines tallied going 1-3 and 1-3 at the Pocatello and
Twin Falls wood bat tournaments June 14-16 and 20-22.
encouraged by the return to form of ace Ryne Reynoso (arm injury).
Reynoso (4-3) won his first start in two weeks. His bat was on fire,
too. He was 9-for-15 with two doubles, four homers (two grand slams) and
17 RBI in five games.
defending Marsh Falls champion Wood River opened its quest Friday with a
solid 2-0 victory over Idaho Falls. Dylan McIlhenny (3-1) pitched five
strong innings and Reynoso earned the save. Together, they limited Idaho
Falls to four hits.
River, playing errorless baseball on defense, got all its runs in the
home first when leadoff batter Matt Conover singled, Drew Detwiler was
plunked and Reynoso delivered both runners with a two-run double.
bats exploded later Friday for a 16-9 victory over Wood River. Detwiler
had three hits and Paul Tinker added a pair of safeties.
was a very good day for Wood River. The Hailey squad run-ruled two
opponents, beating Roy (Utah) 15-5 and Twin Falls 12-1.
Hunter (2-1) threw all five frames against Roy and was helped by his
team’s five-run third and seven-run fourth. Catcher Kellen Chatterton
drilled two hits including a three-run homer, his first. Tinker (double)
went 3-for-4 while Reynoso (HR) and Tinker had 2-for-3 games.
Twin Falls Reynoso (9 Ks) tossed a one-hitter, giving up a solo homer to
a Cowboy pinch hitter with one out in the fifth and final inning. Hovey
said, "Ryno threw two good innings against Idaho Falls the first
day and with this one, he seemed to get his confidence back."
River hitters went 13-for-27 against Twin Falls led by Conover and
Reynoso (grand slam HR) with two hits apiece.
finished its preliminary games with a 3-1 record, Wood River was tied
with five other teams with the same mark, Shelley atop the heap at 4-0.
When the dust of tiebreakers finally settled, Wood River ended up
playing North Ridge (Utah) Sunday.
Ridge pounded four homers in the first three frames for a quick 13-3
lead, but Wood River rallied with a seven-run fifth and trailed only
13-10 when the game was called on time after six. Reynoso clouted two
homers, one his second grand slam.
Marsh Falls defeated Shelley for the tournament title.
Wednesday, Wood River snapped a five-game losing skid and improved its
Founders Field record to 10-2 with a doubleheader sweep of Pocatello—by
scores of 8-3 and 10-0.
Steve Hansen (5-3) scattered 12 hits and walked only two in the 8-3
league victory. He benefited from two inning-ending twin killings
through the keystone combination of shortstop Detwiler and second sacker
(2 runs) delivered a two-run double. Detwiler and Chatterton added two
hits apiece in the nine-hit attack and Tinker contributed an RBI double
and sacrifice fly for Hailey.
nightcap, rookie righty Hunter earned his first Legion victory with a
two-hitter in the 10-0 run-rule triumph. Hunter (4 Ks, 1 BB) allowed
singles in the first two frames and then shut Pocatello down.
River extended its lead to 3-0 with a two-run fourth. Steve Durkin
singled, Kellen Kinghorn doubled and Matt Job hit an RBI grounder.
Conover (3-for-3, 2 runs) made it 3-0 with an RBI single.
fifth featured a seven-run outburst that ended the game early. Joe
Paisley belted an RBI triple, Job added a run-scoring single and
Detwiler ripped a two-run single. Wood River finished with eight hits.
River wraps up its pre-Fourth of July schedule this week against two
teams at the top and bottom of the Area C "A" heap.
night, Wood River traveled to Jerome (14-7, 10-1 league) for a
doubleheader. Today the Wolverines visit a team going the other
direction when they travel to Kimberly (3-12, 1-9). Kimberly lost nine
games in seven days last week, the last seven by a 107-39 margin.