Wolverines win SRV conference title

 Wolverine baseball hosted Homedale this past Monday night at Walter Johnson Memorial Field and also celebrated Senior Night. 
 Weiser honored seven seniors who have played, managed, or done stats many years, these seniors included Payton Albertson, Jack Burke, Koda Coers, Willy Shirts, Brett Spencer, Jacki Taggart, and Daniel Glaspie. 
 Head Coach Bowe von Brethorst has the parents help in an interesting twist for senior night by having each father write a letter to their son. von Brethorst writes the letters for any manager and statistician and the letters are read out loud to the crowd on senior night. Needless to say, there is rarely a dry eye in the crowd. 
 After senior night, the boys took the field with Dylan Turrentine on the mound for the Wolverines and went 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on one hit. Willy Shirts came in and threw the rest of the 5 1/3 inning and allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out six batters. 
 Weiser and Homedale each had good defense with no one scoring in the first two innings, but in the top of the third inning, Homedale would get on base getting hit by a pitch and a walk by Turrentine. Weiser changed to Shirts and a bunt would load the bases putting pressure on Shirts. Shirts handled the next batter with a strikeout, but the next batter would hit a line drive to left field and scored two Homedale runners. Weiser would allow one more run to score before settling in, striking out the next batter and handling a pop up to first base, Jack Shirts for the third out. 
 Homedale struggled with Weiser batters putting Brock Spencer on base after getting hit by a pitch. J. Shirts would single on a fly ball past the short stop and advance Spencer. W. Shirts hit the ball to second base and got on due to an error but would score Spencer in the process. Brett Spencer hit a nice double to center field and scored J. Shirts and advanced W. Shirts to third. Dylan Turrentine got a chance at the plate getting a hit to left field and scoring both W. Shirts and Spencer. Turrentine would end up advancing all the way to third on a pick move and overthrow, putting him in position for Payton Albertson to single and score him. 
 Weiser would then record the second and third outs on a dropped third strike and a ground out but would gain the lead 5-3. 
 Homedale tried to get their offense going with a double to start the inning, but the next hitter would hit into a fielder’s choice out to Brock Spencer in right field who threw the ball on a rope to Koda Coers at second base, who then relayed to Brett Spencer on third who would tag the runner out with plenty of time. The next two outs were handled easily by short stop Kaleb Grove with a ground out and line out. 
 Weiser couldn’t get much going offensively in the bottom of the fourth but would allow Homedale to score two runs in the top of the fifth inning. 
 Weiser started off with an out and then Albertson got the momentum going with a double to right field. Coers hit a ground ball that was an error by the third baseman to get on base and Coers was held up at third. Grove came to the plate and hit a single past first base to score Albertson and move Coers to third. Jack Burke came up to bat and worked the pitch count. Coers scored on a pass ball moving Grove to third who then scored on another pass ball. Burke then hit a single to third to get on base. 
 Weiser would record a strikeout for the second out and J. Shirts would hit a good grounder past shortstop to advance Burke to third. Weiser would then ground out to end the inning with a score of 9-5, Weiser. 
 Homedale wouldn’t get any momentum going in the top of the sixth inning with a line out to Brock Spencer in right field, a strikeout by W. Shirts, and another line out to Spencer in right field. 
 Weiser couldn’t score either in the bottom of the sixth inning and Homedale had one last chance at the plate in the top of the seventh inning. 
 They would start out with a double to left field, but after that Willy Shirts would sit the next three batters down recording strikeouts to end the game 9-5. 
 The game clinched the Snake River Valley conference championship for the Wolverines who will host the second round of districts this next Monday after receiving a first round bye. 
 Both JV and varsity won their conferences. 
 “This has been a great season for these young men, but we are definitely not finished,” von Brethorst said. “We have to get through each game one at a time during district play, but these guys are coming together and hitting the ball well. I am excited,” he added. 
 Offensively the Wolverines had nine runs on 10 hits with multiple hits recorded by a few young men. Jack Shirts, Brett Spencer, and Payton Albertson all went 2 for 4 on the night and Dylan Turrentine led RBIs with 2. Spencer and Albertson each had a double during the game. 
Vale on Thursday
 The Wolverines weren’t finished for the week though and faced Vale on Thursday night in a JV and varsity double header. The Wolverines scored in each inning except the third inning to win the game in the sixth inning 10-0. 
 Starting on the mound was Kaleb Grove who went three innings, recording no runs on three hits and two strikeouts. 
 Brock Spencer came in and pitched an inning recording no runs on no hits and one strikeout, but even more impressive was Spencer finishing the inning after being hit in the nose by the ball coming off the bat during the inning. He even had impressive threads imprinted on his face from the ball. 
 Next was Shawn Chrzanowski who went 2-innings, recording no runs on no hits and striking out three batters. 
 On offense Weiser had 11 hits to earn the 10 runs they put on the board. Weiser only struck out twice during the game. 
 Payton Albertson had three RBIs and Willy Shirts had two to lead the team RBIs. Weiser had nine total. Jack Shirts went 2 for 3, Payton Albertson went 3 for 4, and Brett Spencer went 2 for 4 during the game.  
 A nice highlight on offense was Brett Spencer hitting a great homerun over the fence with room to go in left center field. 
 “We have been doing well the past two games hitting the ball and it is definitely something that we need to keep going,” Coach von Brethorst said. “I am proud of these young men,” he added.


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