All 15 players got into the act for the Wood River American Legion Wranglers in Monday’s season-opening 8-0 and 17-10 baseball sweep of the visiting Buhl Tribe at Hailey’s Founders Field.
Coach Brian Nelson’s Wranglers (2-0) debuted their Area C “A” campaign on a sunny and mild afternoon, with Boone Scherer and Hunter Thompson the winning Hailey pitchers.
Wood River out-hit Buhl 10-3 in the opener. Shortstop Andy Ruiz (3 hits, triple, 3 RBI) and catcher Huck Sprong (double, triple, 3 runs) providing pop from the No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the batting order. Righthander Scherer retired the first 10 Buhl hitters and finished his five-inning, 59-pitch stint allowing just two hits and whiffing eight.
He combined on the three-hit shutout with reliever Ashton Tanner. Tanner allowed one hit and struck out the final four Tribe batters during his two-inning duty.
Leadoff hitter Blake Nelson (2 hits, double) and Scherer (2 singles) chipped into the Wranglers attack. Peyton Wise came off the bench for an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Tribe righty Heber Jenkins (5 K) pitched well for Buhl, yielding four earned runs.
The two teams combined for 22 hits and 27 runs in the seven-inning nightcap. Buhl grabbed an early 6-2 lead, but the Wranglers struck for 15 runs in their final five at-bats to win the game going away.
Wranglers righthander Thompson (4 IP, 80 pitches, 6 hits, 2 ER, 4 K, 4 BB) and reliever Ruiz (3 IP, 62 pitches, 6 hits, 1 ER, 4 K) kept the Tribe in check on the Hailey hill.
Leading the Wood River offense were infielder Blake Nelson (2 hits, 2 BB, 3 runs), catcher Dylan Mills (3 hits, double, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Ethan Shoemaker (2 runs, 2 RBI), Ashton Tanner (2 RBI) and Sprong (RBI double). Rounding out the Wranglers contributors on Monday were Chance Appell, Abel Rojas, Liam Curd, Jesus Sandoval, Dylan Bauer and David Garcia.
Father’s Day Classic meet
The Wranglers travel to Nampa for the seven-team Father’s Day Classic tournament scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16. Nampa American Legion Post 18 sponsors the four-day meet.
Wood River plays two games Friday and two Saturday, with placement games in the wood bat meet at Nampa’s Rodeo Park set for Father’s Day itself—Sunday starting at 9 a.m. with the finale at 4:30 p.m.
On Friday, the Wranglers meet Ridgevue at 11:30 a.m. followed immediately by a 2 p.m. game against the Indians.
Saturday’s games for Wood River are 9 a.m. against Spring Creek, Nevada and 7 p.m. under the Rodeo Park lights against the Braves.