Baseball team plays in the Bill Betts Memorial

The Bill Betts Memorial tournament is named after the late Bill Betts who coached Fruitland baseball for many years. The Wolverines played three games during the two day tournament. Pictured above Brock Spencer beats a pick-off on first base against the Sugar-Salem Diggers. Photo by Katie von Brethorst.

Outfielder Dylan Turrentine caught a fly ball during a game at the Bill Betts Memorial Tournament. Turrentine started on the mound against Timberlake. He went an impressive five innings and allowed four hits, scoring three runs and struck out four batters.
Katie von Brethorst
Weiser Wolverine baseball spent some time in Fruitland this past weekend at the Bill Betts Memorial Tournament.  
 Weiser got the opportunity to play Timberlake and Sugar-Salem, both of whom they have met in state competition in the past few years. They also played New Plymouth, a good 2A competitor.  
 “I like this tournament because they do a good job to pair us up against non-home conference competition and gives a chance early on to see what we need to tweak,” Head Coach Bowe von Brethorst stated.  
 Weiser opened up with New Plymouth and put five runs on the board in the first inning. Kaleb Grove walked and got to second base with a nice bunt laid down by Brock Spencer. Tommy Johnson walked, advancing both Grove and Spencer to load the bases.  
 Finn Dolton got on base and scored himself an RBI with a walk and then Weston Black hit a nice double to left field scoring Spencer and Johnson. Dylan Turrentine helped himself and his team out with a nice double to center field scoring both Black and Dolton. 
 On the defensive side Spencer started out on the mound for the Wolverines. Spencer went four innings for his team and didn’t allow a single hit and struck out four batters. New Plymouth did score two runs in the third inning to bring the score to 5-2 due to errors in the field by the Wolverines. 
 Jack Tucker pitched next going one and a third innings. He allowed one hit, struck out one batter and allowed five runs due to some walks and errors on the Wolverine defense. 
 Brennett Marshall took the mound for a single inning and allowed no hits, struck out three batters and allowed four runs to score again due to Wolverine errors. Finn Dolton ended the game on the mound allowing one hit.  
 Weiser was able to add one point in each of the sixth and seventh innings, but wasn’t able to muster enough, losing the contest 11-7.  
 Weiser out hit the Pilgrims four to two. The Weiser bullpen also struck out eight Pilgrims compared to their six strikeouts. Turrentine was one for one at the plate followed by Black and Shirts who went 1 for 3.
 Next the Wolverines faced Timberlake and Dylan Turrentine got the start on the mound. The senior went an impressive five innings and allowed four hits, scoring three runs and struck out four batters.  
 Tommy Johnson and Finn Dolton rounded out the pitching for the Wolverines. Johnson allowed just one hit and no runs scored. Both teams had five hits each and the difference at the plate was Weiser left a few guys on in scoring position with 0 RBIs while Timberlake had two RBIs.  
 The teams were pretty evenly matched, with Timberlake picking up one run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, while Weiser mustered one run in the seventh inning and came up with the loss. 
 Brock Spencer went two for three at the plate during the contest to lead the Wolverines. 
 Coach von Brethorst said, “I was happy with this game and especially Turrentine on the mound. He has done well for us so far this year and is establishing himself as one of our leading pitchers.” 
 Weiser faced Sugar-Salem on Saturday for the last game of the tournament for the Wolverines. Weiser again outhit a competitor with nine hits and four RBIs while Sugar had eight hits and six RBIs.  
 Weiser hit the ball well, but it was one of those days where the hits were just going straight to someone. Notable performances on offense for Weiser were Jack Shirts and Kaleb Grove who each went two for four at the plate. Cole Ingle was one for one at the plate for the Wolverines, as well.   
 Shirts and Grove also were the pitchers for the majority of the game. Shirts got the start and allowed five runs on four hits and three strikeouts in three and a third innings. Grove’s stats included five runs on three hits. 
 Tommy Johnson came in to close out the last of the seventh inning and allowed one hit as well. On defense Weiser did turn their first double play of the season with a hard hit grounder to short stop Weston Black who had a nice throw to Brock Spencer at second that turned it over to Tommy Johnson at first.  
 “I am happy to get some baseball in this weekend and to see some improvement in some things we were coaching to this last week. We have also discovered some other items that we will need to address and get better at, but it was a great weekend of baseball,” Coach von Brethorst said.  
 The Wolverines open up conference play Tuesday against Payette at Weiser. JV will play first followed by varsity. Weiser will also compete Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a tournament in Ontario. 
 Go Wolverines!


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