The bats came alive for the Wood River 14U girls’ softball team last Wednesday and carried the No. 2-seeded Hailey-based girls to a 16-6 victory over Gooding in the championship game of a five-team tournament in Twin Falls.
Wood River (2-0 tournament) out-hit Gooding 14-7 and got solid pitching from Jette Ward and Makinzie Nelson.
Bella Hadam (2 hits, 2 runs) cranked a long double sparking a three-run Wood River first inning that erased an early 2-0 Gooding lead. Then, in the second inning, Wood River sent 13 batters to the plate in a 10-run outburst that stretched the lead to 13-2 after two frames.
“We peppered them with hits,” said Wood River head coach Matt Nelson, helped by 14U assistants Mike Vigueria and Dustin Stone.
The Hailey girls strung together six straight singles in the 10-run frame started by Ward (2 runs), Nelson (2 hits, 2 runs), Shalla Tate (3 hits), Hadam, Charlotte Stone (2 hits, triple, 3 runs) and Kacie Flolo (2 hits, 2 runs).
After the big inning, the teams played evenly. Wood River run-ruled Gooding when Ayla Humphries drove home Flolo with a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Contributing were Jessie Swink, Sande Vigueria (2 hits, runs) and Gretchen Atienza. Also on the team were Gracie Shiver and Cassidy Boyd.
Wood River opened its tourney quest Thursday, May 16 in the soaking rain of Twin Falls with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Twin Falls Braves.
Pitching the hard-fought opening-round triumph after falling behind 2-0 were Ward and winning pitcher Nelson (12 strikeouts in 4 innings).
Most of the girls played on the Wood River Middle School softball program that attracted 46 girls this spring and had three teams—two teams of 14U players and one 17-player 12U squad coached by John Ewing.