Grizzlies get past Wolverines 8-2

Looking to get an out in the base path, Weiser’s Austin Ashley (8) moves towards the ball from third base while shortstop Jack Shirts (11) comes from the other side during last week’s game against Fruitland. Pitcher Kaleb Grove is in the foreground. Below, Ashley took over on the mound later in the game.
Nancy Grindstaff
A five-run fifth inning put the Fruitland Grizzlies out of reach for the Wolverines on Monday, April 1.
 Both teams were scoreless through the first two innings. Fruitland scored on an error in the top of the third, and Weiser’s Kaleb Grove answered with a double in the bottom half for a run, ending the inning with the conference opponents tied 1-1.
 Fruitland picked up two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a Weiser infield error and a sacrifice fly by Titus Vidlak to left fielder Weston Black. Weiser wasn’t able to counter, ending the inning with Fruitland ahead 3-1.
 Five runs off of five hits in the top of the fifth, including a two-run homer by right fielder Nate Grosvenor put the Grizzlies up 8-1. Weiser hit a couple of singles in the bottom half, but was stymied by a double play and a fly out.
 Both teams came up dry in the sixth, and two strikeouts and a ground out in the top of the seventh put Fruitland back on defense. 
 With one out, Weiser pitcher Austin Ashley hit a grounder, reaching second on an error at third base. Ashley stole third, and then scored when Jack Shirts singled on a ground ball to right field. A strikeout and a line out ended the game with Fruitland taking the 8-2 win.
 Grove was on the mound for Weiser through four innings, giving up four runs on two hits and three errors, and striking out two. Black went in for .2 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four errors, and striking out one. Ashley went in for 2.1 innings, going 0-0-0, and striking out four.
 A conference home game against Homedale on Wednesday, April 3, was called for rain in the top of the second inning. 
 “We will resume play of that game when we visit Homedale for our second game with them on April 22, starting at 3 p.m.,” Weiser’s head coach Josh Dolton told the Signal American over the weekend. “And our doubleheader versus Marsh Valley that was scheduled Friday, April 5, was cancelled due to weather. 
 “We have two games this week, the first at home against McCall-Donnelly on Tuesday, April 9, and then, we travel to play Payette the next day,” he added. “We’re also hosting a youth clinic the next two Saturdays, April 13 and April 20, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park.”
 The clinics are for youth ages 7-13. Registration forms are available at the Weiser Recreation Department.
 See next week’s Signal American for the full coverage of this week’s games.


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