Wood River and Preston high school baseball teams battled into extra innings Friday afternoon in eastern Idaho, but it was the visiting Wolverines from Hailey getting hot with their bats when it counted.
Coach Dave Slotten’s Wolverines sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the eighth inning to beat the host Indians 11-4 with winning pitcher Fabian Leos excelling on the mound as the closer.
First baseman Boone Scherer ripped a two-run single and Fabian Leos (2 hits, 2 runs) followed with an RBI single as the first eight Wolverines reached base in the eighth. On the hill, Leos threw two-and-two thirds and allowed only one hit and no earned runs.
Wood River out-hit Preston 10-8 led by starting pitcher/third baseman Noah Roberts (3 hits, 2 runs), whose belted a one-out double in the sixth and scoring the tying run that sent the game into extra innings. Roberts (109 pitches, 7 hits, 0 earned runs) went five-and-a-third frames on the hill.
Other Hailey hitters included Chance Appell (2 hits) and Alonso Estrada (1 hit, 1 run). Craigen Johnson (2 RBI) accounted for three Preston hits.
The Wolverines (4-12, 3-6 league) won their third Great Basin Conference game despite leaving 11 runners on base (19 in the doubleheader).
In Friday’s nightcap, Preston (3-8, 3-6 league) erased an early 3-0 Wood River lead with a six-run third and held on to win 8-5. Hunter Thompson, Scherer and Dom Leos threw for Wood River, with Preston starter Dillon Haslam earning the win with six-innings-plus.
Wood River, trailing 8-3, threatened in the seventh on RBI singles by Huck Sprong (3 hits) and Fabian Leos (3 hits, 2 runs) but the rally fell short. Alex Hansen’s two-run single was the big hit in Preston’s 10-batter, six-run third inning.
The Wolverines entertained No. 3-ranked Canyon Ridge (9-7, 6-4) for a GBC twinbill. Canyon Ridge swept Pocatello 6-2 and 5-1 Friday in Twin Falls.
Softball gets home cooking
Having played their first 18 games away from home, Wood River High School softball players were really looking forward to staying home and hosting the Canyon Ridge Riverhawks on Tuesday afternoon at South Valley Sports Complex softball field, Hailey.
In Tuesday’s Great Basin doubleheader, Wood River (5-13, 1-11 league) hosted a Canyon Ridge squad (6-10, 2-8 league) that had dropped six straight GBC games by a 90-28 margin including last Saturday’s 10-3 and 15-5 twinbill loss to the host Pocatello Indians.
Wood River had its own challenges in eastern Idaho on Saturday, losing a Great Basin twinbill to Preston (3-9, 2-6) by scores of 9-7 and 15-4.
In the first game, the Wolverines rallied from a 6-4 deficit after four frames for a 6-6 tie and pulled ahead 7-6 in the sixth. But Preston pushed across three runs in the home sixth and ended up out-hitting the Wolverines 11-7.
Twin Falls softball (13-3) leads the 10-team league with a 10-0 record and could run the table with games left against No. 7 Century, No. 8 Preston and No. 9 Canyon Ridge.