Fresh off its 3-1 record and 44-run effort during four games at the 12th annual Lady Dawg Spring tClassic tournament April 5-6 in Kimberly, the Wood River High School softball team kept heating up its bats Monday against Century’s Diamondbacks in Pocatello.
Wood River nearly beat Century in the first game of the Great Basin Conference doubleheader, and then posted its first GBC win of the season 12-9 over Century in the nightcap with pitcher Hailee Harris (3-3) earning the win in the circle.
Coach Kori Paradis’ Wolverines (5-11, 1-9 league) made it four wins in six games with the twinbill split in Pocatello. In those six games, Wood River has totaled 63 runs, after scoring just 54 in its first 10 games.
The coach said, “When our offense is on, it is on. We have very strong hitters like Luci Cuellar, Hailee Harris, Lauren Thomsen, Cameron Martin and Trinity Dilworth.”
Century (6-8) rallied from a 7-1 deficit to win Monday’s first game 8-7 in eight innings behind the pitching and batting of Aramy Glaser, who belted the walk-off winner and struck out a long line of Hailey hitters.
Paradis said, “The girls were pressed and came up a little short, but came back strong in the second game.”
Wood River scored five runs in the first inning and led 8-1 in the third, before Century rallied late. But the Wolverines held on 12-9 as Harris and Thomsen belted extra-base hits.
At the Kimberly tournament, Wood River won 21-11 over Teton and Driggs and 11-8 over Buhl on the first day. The host Kimberly Bulldogs blanked Wood River 10-0 on the second day, but the Wolverines finished well 12-2 over Shelley.
Sophia Morse (2-2) earned two pitching wins at Kimberly.
Paradis said, “Every person added to each and every game at Kimberly. We were aggressive on offense and defense. Everything started clicking and continued to click for us as a team. The weekend earned us some much-needed confidence—much improvement from the start of the season.”
Wood River visits Preston (1-9, 0-6) today, Friday and hosts its first home doubleheader Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. against the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks (6-8, 2-6) at South Valley Sports Complex softball field in Hailey.