It’s been a tough early-season stretch for the Wood River High School baseball and softball teams. But the Wolverines have persevered and came very close to their first wins of the season in games Saturday.
Wood River’s softball team (0-8, 0-5 league) played a pair of competitive games with highly regarded Canyon Ridge, including Friday’s 8-7 extra-inning loss in Twin Falls and Saturday’s 11-8 loss in the first game of a Great Basin Conference twinbill on the Hailey diamond.
The Wolverine baseball team (0-10, 0-6 league) dropped their first two games of the three-game weekend series against Canyon Ridge by scores of 12-0 and 12-2, then battled to the end before losing Saturday’s finale in Twin Falls 7-5.
Coming up: The baseball team hosted Kimberly Tuesday, plays at Jerome today, Wednesday and hosts Jerome for a Founders Field home league twinbill Friday, April 12 starting at 3:30 p.m.
And the softball team plays four games at the Kimberly tournament Friday and Saturday, April 11, starting with Teton at 11 a.m. Friday and Spring Creek (Nev.) at 5 p.m.
Close softball games with Riverhawks
Sophomore righthander Britney Bradley (9 K, 3 BB) allowed only one run to Canyon Ridge in the first five innings Friday at Twin Falls and carried a 5-1 lead into the middle of the sixth inning. But the ‘Hawks it 5-5 in the home seventh and won 8-7 in the eighth.
Bradley ripped two hits and Shelby Cooper drove home two runs for coach Dale Martin’s Wolverines.
Saturday in Hailey, Wood River couldn’t touch ‘Hawks freshman righthander Kayler Ditmer (137 pitches, 10 K) for the first three frames. ‘Hawks catcher Kayla Thompson delivered a two-run double and leadoff hitter Ditmer (2 hits, 5 RBI) put Canyon Ridge ahead 4-0 in the fourth stanza.
But Wood River, having scored only 12 runs in its first six games, finally fired up its offense and scored 8 runs on 9 hits in the final four frames. The Wolverines put the winning run at the plate when the game ended with Canyon Ridge ahead on the scoreboard 11-8.
Lacy Harrington (2 hits) sparked Wood River’s four-run sixth with an RBI single and shortstop Ashley Hicks (2 hits, 4 RBI) belted a two-run double. Wood River’s two-out, two-run rally in the seventh came up a little short despite a two-run single delivered by Hicks.
Catcher Ciceley Peavey plated the first two Wolverine runs with a two-run single in the fourth. In the nightcap, Canyon Ridge capitalized on some tired Wolverine pitching with a 14-run third for a 25-10 win. Batters with two hits were Kori Paradis (2 doubles), Peavey and Chloe Evans.
Promising signs for WRHS baseball
Wood River coach Matt Nelson said, “This weekend was another tough one for the boys but with each game we come another step closer to getting a win.”
He added, “On Friday, we took a tough loss at home 13-0 to Canyon Ridge. Finn Isaacson pitched and did a really good job but some untimely errors cost us some big runs early in the game. Our leading hitters for the game were Jared Anderson and Nick Brunker.”
Saturday in Twin Falls, freshman infielder Alec Nordsieck made his first varsity start as a pitcher and held the senior-heavy Riverhawks to just two runs through four frames. Canyon Ridge ended up winning 12-2. For Wood River, Will Long (2 hits) belted a bases-loaded single in the fifth.
Senior Tim Boyle pitched the nightcap and survived a rocky start—allowing five runs on sixth hits in the first frame—to stay in the game and lock down the ‘Hawks. Boyle threw 104 pitches and absorbed the 7-5 loss.
Big hitters were Brunker, Nordsieck, Long and Boyle. Isaacson gunned down a runner at the plate and Wood River turned a slick double play with Mondo Gomez making a diving line drive catch followed by a dish to Nordsieck for the inning-ending twin killing.