Wood River High School baseball players, famished for offense and runs, hit the ball with authority and put together what head coach Matt Nelson said was their best game of the season Tuesday at home against the Kimberly Bulldogs.
The Wolverines scored a season high 12 runs including a seven-run uprising in the second inning at Hailey’s Founders Field. They grabbed an 11-5 lead after three innings in the non-league game, seeking to avenge a season-opening 14-3 loss at Kimberly a month ago.
But Kimberly (18 hits) stormed back with 10 runs in the fourth and eight more runs in the sixth to manufacture a 23-12 triumph in a two-and-a-half hour run-rule outcome. Wood River’s 14 hits and 12 runs were both season highs.
Leading the way with three hits and reaching base five times was senior Tim Boyle. He did everything but mow the grass—catching a 120-pitch outing by senior righthander Ben Williams for the first four innings, and then relieving Williams and tossing 48 pitches himself in the final two frames.
Sophomore left fielder Will Long made some fine plays defensively and delivered two hits including an RBI double.
Leadoff hitter Alec Nordsieck (2 hits), center fielder Finn Isaacson (2 runs, 2 RBI), Nic Brunker (2 hits, RBI double, 2 runs) and third baseman Zack Freeman (2 hits, RBI double, 2 runs) all contributed. Sophomore Hunter Frye singled, and Williams added a RBI double.
Nelson said, “We are still trying to figure out a way to finish a game without having our mid-game lapse. I really think that we’re playing at a much higher level now and are continuing to get better daily.
“I admire the desire of the boys to not give up without a fight and I can feel the Wolverine run of wins coming. We’ve had a lot of setbacks and have fought through them all.”
Kimberly third baseman Ridge Lee (4 hits, 6 RBI), outfielder Riley Carlton (3 hits, 4 RBI) and shortstop Nick Higginbotham (3 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBI) gave the Bulldogs offense 10-for-14, 13 RBI production in the 3-4-5 spots in the order. Winning pitcher was Bo Petterson, who scored five runs.
The Wolverine JV boys also played Tuesday at Nelson Field and improved from their previous meeting with Kimberly. Wood River lost this time 9-5. Sophomore Kyle Weller was 3-4 with 4 RBI. Rookie pitcher Steven Cesar Colis, a freshman, struck out the side in the fifth.
On Wednesday, Wood River battled through the early stages of its league game at Jerome—leading 3-1 in the middle of the third—but the host Tigers erupted for 12 runs in the home third and run-ruled the Wolverines by a 12-2 score. Junior Isaacson had two hits including a double, and he also pitched the first three frames.
Next: Wood River (0-12, 0-7 league) entertains Jerome for a league doubleheader today, Friday at 3 p.m. at Founders.