Wood River Wranglers 18U baseball players played four games Feb. 15-16 in the Presidents’ Day youth baseball tournament in-and-around St. George, Utah.
There were eight age classes in the holiday tournament from 9U through 18U, with Wood River competing among 28 teams in the U18 meet presented by Rocky Mountain School of Baseball.
A highlight for coach Brian Nelson’s Hailey boys (1-3-0) occurred Sunday in their final game. Pitchers Huck Sprong, Holden Blair and Blake Nelson combined for a four-inning no-hitter in a 10-3 victory over Idaho Outlaws 18U.
The three Wrangler hurlers allowed seven walks, but no hits. Blake Nelson’s bases-clearing triple in Wood River’s eight-run second inning was the big blow.
Andrew Nelson (3 hits) and Dylan Bauer (2 hits, 2 RBI, double) contributed to the 10-hit Wood River attack at American Legion Park/Rodeo Grounds in Hurricane, Utah.
Earlier Sunday, Wood River threw a scare into Snow Canyon Warriors (4-0-0) before falling 8-5 in five frames. Ethan Shoemaker pitched effectively in two-plus innings. The Wranglers erased a 4-0 deficit with a five-run fourth. Hitters included Shoemaker (2 hits, double), Sprong (2 hits, 3 RBI) and Andrew Nelson (RBI single).
Saturday at Snow Canyon High in St. George, Wood River lost 9-5 to RMSB Morgan and 13-8 to Long Peak Gold.
Wrangler pitchers were Boone Scherer, Gabe Nilsen, Jesus Sandoval, Hunter Thompson, Holden Blair and Andrew Nelson. Top hitters included Sandoval, Abel Rojas, Liam Curd, Blake Nelson, Huck Sprong, Andrew Nelson, Holden Blair and Shoemaker.