Lady Wolverines earn one win in two-day tourney

Weiser’s Ellie Shirts snags a grounder at third base, getting an out against the Capital Eagles in the early going of the Wolverines final game of the WTP tournament on Saturday. Shortstop Tobie Noyer is pictured moving in to cover the play. Photo by Nancy Grindstaff
Nancy Grindstaff
Starting this week’s school break in a four-game, two-day tournament at the WTP Spring Break Classic, Weiser’s varsity Wolverines softball team found themselves up against tough competition, taking a 9-0 loss against Gooding and earning a 14-7 win over 5A Centennial High School on Friday. Saturday’s schedule resulted in a 17-6 loss to 5A Rocky Mountain, and a 25-0 loss to 5A Capital.
 Supply chain difficulties in delivering spring to the area left conditions less than desirable for both players and fans alike.
Weiser vs Gooding
 Gooding scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a walk and a groundout. With one out in the bottom half, Weiser’s Hannah Swank went to first on an HBP, but two strikeouts in a row cut the inning short.
 The Senators added four runs in the second, but Weiser couldn’t muster an offense with three up, three down. A groundout to Weiser shortstop Paisley Noyer in the top of the third resulted in a double play at second base, and relief pitcher Danica Lockett struck out the next batter. The Wolverines were in scoring position, with Ellie Shirts on third and Hannah Swank on first after a nice ground ball to third, but a strikeout for the third out left the score at 6-0.
 Gooding added one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with the Wolverines struggling to get past their tough defense.
 P. Noyer, Lockett, Shirts, and H. Swank each recorded a hit in the game, but Weiser wasn’t able to capitalize on any of them, while Gooding had nine runs on 11 hits.
 Aryssa Aburto started on the mound for Weiser, throwing one and a-third innings and allowing four runs on six hits. Lockett pitched four and two-thirds innings, striking out five, and allowing three runs on seven hits.
Wolverines vs. Centennial
 The Wolverines were down 7-6 in the top of the fifth inning in Friday’s second game against 5A Centennial, when Tobie Noyer hit an inside-the-park homerun with bases loaded, putting Weiser ahead 10-7.
 Abi Wilkins doubled on a hard ground ball to left field, and with two outs, Shirts singled on a ground ball to second, advancing Wilkins to third. H. Swank walked to load the bases, and Grace Swank tripled, scoring Wilkins, Shirts, and H. Swank. 
 Courtesy runner Rylie Roberts went in for G. Swank, and Paisley Noyer singled on the second pitch, scoring Roberts. Lockett singled on a ground ball to short, moving Noyer to second. A final out ended Weiser’s scoring run with the Wolverines up 14-7. Two flyouts and a strikeout in the bottom of the fifth left Weiser with the win.
 P. Noyer was on the mound for the Wolverines, allowing seven runs on six hits over five innings and striking out three.
 Weiser put up 14 hits for 14 runs, with T. Noyer, P. Noyer, Shirts, and G. Swank each getting multiple hits. T. Noyer and P. Noyer led with 3-1-5, and 3-2-2, respectively.
Weiser vs Rocky 
 The Wolverines went toe-to-toe with Rocky Mountain’s Lady Grizzlies through two innings, with the teams tied at three apiece.
 Rocky Mountain took the lead in the third inning by one run, with the Wolverines going three up, three down in the bottom by one strikeout, and two fly outs. 
 The Grizzlies added four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth, while Weiser wasn’t able to turn their few chances into runs.
 The Wolverines had six hits and six runs in the game. P. Noyer and Shirts led with two hits each. P Noyer recorded a two-run homerun in the second inning.
 P. Noyer was on the rubber for Weiser, throwing eight strikeouts, and allowing 12 hits for 17 runs.
Weiser vs Capital
 The Wolverines struggled against the Capital Eagles, getting only two hits in the game, while the Eagles put up a powerful offense with 17 hits for 25 runs over five innings.
 Capital scored five runs in the first, nine in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, and eight in the fifth, locking Weiser down in the bottom of the halves.
 H. Swank singled on a line drive in the bottom of the fourth, and Aburto doubled on a line drive to left in the bottom of the third.
 Lockett took the loss for the Wolverines pitching one and a-third innings, allowing 14 runs on 10 hits. P. Noyer pitched three and two-thirds innings in relief, allowing 11 runs on seven hits, and throwing three strikeouts.
 After this week’s break, the Wolverines will host conference opponents Parma Panthers at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at the Weiser High School field.


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