Wolverines go 0-3 at Washington tournament

Weiser Wolverine baseball traveled to Asotin, Wash., last weekend. 
 Weiser has attended this tournament on five different occasions and it is usually a good warm-up to the season.   
 This time it wasn’t necessarily the storybook ending that the Wolverines had hoped for, but it was a lot of good baseball and a chance for the team to bond before conference opens up this week.  
 Asotin had been snow covered until last week when they pumped nearly 2,500 gallons of water off of the field. Baseball must go on!
 The first team that Weiser faced was Colfax, Wash.  Colfax is a baseball team with a solid pitcher.  The Wolverines recorded just three hits against the ace in 24 at bats. Ray Calley had two of the three Weiser hits trying to get things going. 
 Nathan McDaniel pitched five and two-thirds innings for Weiser, striking out four and walking zero. Brady Edwards came in to relieve McDaniel, but it just wasn’t enough as Weiser fell to Colfax 6-0.
 On Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., Weiser faced Potlatch in frigid conditions. The cold and Potlatch proved to be a tough match for the Wolverines. Ray Calley started off the day pitching and after three innings of back and forth, Logan Wood got to first on a bunt.  
 Kooper von Brethorst laid down another bunt and was thrown out at first, but advanced Logan. Jayden Mink then grounded out to the pitcher, but scored Logan Wood in the process.  
 In the fourth inning, Potlatch came back, taking the score in their favor to 3-1. Weiser changed pitchers, giving Kooper von Brethorst a shot at getting the Wolverines back in the game, but Weiser never could quite get the momentum back and ended with a loss of 6-2.  
 Brody von Brethorst came in to close out the last out of the game pitching for the Wolverines. Weiser had 28 at bats, 6 hits, and 2 RBIs.  Kooper von Brethorst was the bright spot in the lineup recording 2 of 3 hits.
 In the afternoon, Weiser faced the Colton Wildcats, who have won a few state titles in recent years.  Weiser faced their ace pitcher and Jayden Mink got the start for Weiser.  
 Weiser couldn’t get the bats going as well as they would have liked and the defense didn’t keep up with the hard hitting of Colton. 
 Weiser changed pitching twice, showing the Wildcats Jarret Mink and Brody von Brethorst.  
 Weiser put up 7 hits to Colton’s 8, but the errors proved to be too much for the Wolverines in the loss to Colton 13-4. Weiser had 7 hits and 3 RBIs in their 27 at bats. The highlight of the Colton game for the Wolverines was seven Wolverines getting a base hit each, including two JV players brought up for the tourney.  
 Weiser coach Bowe von Brethorst was optimistic after the weekend’s results.
 “You know, we can hang our heads after three tough losses, but this team won’t do that.  This team will reflect and analyze what went right and what went wrong and they will get to work on the field this week. These boys know baseball and have played for many years together.  They will gel and we will get better.” 
 Weiser faced Homedale for their conference opener on Tuesday, March 19, at Homedale. Weiser will face Buhl in a double header starting at noon at Walter Johnson Field on Friday, March 22.


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