Five-run inning moves Weiser to 6-3 victory


Wolverines third baseman Taylor Mordhorst gets ready for the ball to arrive from catcher Bennett Torres in a tag out attempt during Weiser’s 6-3 win over McCall. Photo by Nancy Grindstaff
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Nancy Grindstaff
Weiser’s Lady Wolverines turned the tide in the bottom of the fourth inning against McCall-Donnelly on Tuesday, April 9, adding five runs that led to a 6-3 conference win.
 The first two innings were a defensive matchup, with both teams going three up and three down. Two walks put runners on base for the Vandals in the top of the third. With one out, V. Sotal ground into a fielder’s choice to second baseman Jordan Stromberg, who tagged M. Ferguson out advancing to second, and giving the lead runner H. Ferguson the space to score. A ground out to third baseman Taylor Mordhorst put Weiser back on offense.
 Jessie Cantrell singled on a fly ball to third base, then advanced to second on an error. Mordhorst ground out to short, scoring Cantrell and tying the game at 1-1 before a walk and a strikeout ended the half.
 With two on base in the top of the fourth, S. Hartley ground into a double play to Weiser shortstop Danica Lockett. C. Saxton was out advancing to third, and Hartley was out advancing to first, while M. Brewer scored, putting the Vandals in a 2-1 lead. With a runner on second, Ferguson flew out to pitcher Aryssa Aburto.
 In the bottom half, Weiser scored five runs on three hits, moving into a 6-2 lead. The Wolverines had three on base, when a wild pitch opened the door for catcher Bennett Torres to score, and move Aburto and Cantrell each ahead a base. In the next at-bat, Aburto scored on a passed ball, Cantrell and Waite each stole a base, and then Mordhorst doubled on a line drive to left field, scoring both of them, and giving Weiser four runs in the inning.
 Lockett singled on a ground ball, sending Mordhorst across the plate and Buescher to third, before the third out. Weiser 6, McCall-Donnelly 2.
 The Vandals were three up and three down in the top of the fifth. Weiser’s Torres started the bottom half singling on a hard ground ball to left field. Aburto lined out to short, and Stromberg ground out into a double play to second, with Torres out advancing to third.
 The Vandals added one run in the top of the sixth, while the Wolverines recorded a fly out, ground out, a walk, and a fielder’s choice out in the bottom. Two fly outs, a Weiser fielding error, and a ground out in the top of the seventh closed out the game with Weiser taking the 6-3 win.
 Aburto was in the circle for Weiser, giving up one hit and three runs over seven innings, and striking out six.
 In JV action, the Wolverines went into the lead early on, taking a 12-2 win.
Weiser 19, Payette 2
 The Lady Wolverines were in Payette on Wednesday, April 10, where they scored 11 runs in the third inning, wiping out the Pirates 2-0 lead, and not looking back, scoring another eight runs on five hits in the top of the fourth. An unfruitful bottom half for the Pirates triggered the 10-run rule, ending the game after four innings.
 Lockett went 2-3 in hits, driving in four runs for the Wolverines, two off a double in the third inning, and another two in the fourth when she tripled. Stromberg went 3-4, scoring two, Waite went 2-2, batting in two runs, and Aburto went 1-3, picking up two RBIs on a double.
 Lockett was in the circle for the Wolverines, throwing a total of 55 pitches over four innings, 30 of them strikes. She allowed two runs on three hits, and struck out four.
Weiser’s JV records back-to-back impressive wins
 Similarly, Weiser’s JV took a big 20-7 win over the Pirates. The Wolverines scored 20 runs on five hits, with Claramae Olsen going 2-3, recording three RBIs. Jossy Jaeger-Funcannon went 1-3, scoring three runs on a triple in the top of the fourth. Fatima Travanco went 1-2 and Sage Brock 1-3, earning one RBI apiece.
 Alba Gonzales pitched two innings, allowing six runs on two hits and striking out 2. Olsen threw three innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four.
 The junior varsity Wolverines defeated Homedale’s Lady Trojans 12-1 on Thursday. Homedale got on the board with one run in the top of the first inning, and Weiser answered, turning the game around in the bottom with six runs. 
 The Wolverines added five runs in the third inning off of four walks, an HBP, and three singles, then topped it off in the fourth when Travanco singled, scoring Allie Sorensen.
 Olsen pitched five innings, allowing one run on zero hits and striking out six.

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