Lady Wolverines punch their ticket to State

Weiser shortstop Jordan Stromberg tagged second base and got the throw off to first baseman Ellie Shirts for a double play in the bottom of the second inning at Homedale, while Taylor Mordhorst was there to help out. The Wolverines earned second place District medals, winning a berth to this week’s State 3A tournament in Moscow. Photo by Nancy Grindstaff
Nancy Grindstaff
Weiser’s Lady Wolverines softball team defeated Parma’s Panthers 14-11 in a District tournament game on Monday, May 6, guaranteeing a trip to the 3A State tournament in Moscow this Friday and Saturday, May 17-18. 
 Parma was leading 9-5 halfway through the sixth inning when Weiser turned the game on its head in the bottom half, scoring six runs and taking an 11-9 lead. 
 Parma caught up with two runs in the top of the seventh, giving the Wolverines a chance to either pull ahead or send the game into extra innings. With Jessica Waite and Trista Buescher both on base after each hitting singles, and one out, Aryssa Aburto watched a ball go by on the first pitch.  On the next pitch, Aburto homered on a line drive to right field, adding three runs to set Weiser up for a run at the District championship title.
 Aburto led the Wolverines, going 4-5 at the plate, and scoring 7 RBIs. Trista Buescher went 5-5, scoring 2 RBIs. Ellie Shirts, Jessica Waite, and Danica Lockett all had multiple hits, and Taylor Mordhorst, Jessie Cantrell, and Jordan Stromberg had one apiece.
Weiser 1, Homedale 11 
 Monday’s win moved the Wolverines to Wednesday’s, May 8, championship game against Homedale’s Lady Trojans.
 The Trojans added runs in four out of five innings, with the Wolverines connecting on just three hits the entire game.
Weiser’s fielding cut the Trojans short in the bottom of the second. Taking the mound in relief, Lockett struck out Homedale’s first at bat, then walked C. Barnett. Homedale’s Dani Sitts ground into a double play to Weiser’s shortstop Stromberg, who quickly stepped on second base putting out the oncoming Barnett, and threw the ball to Shirts for the out at first.
 The Wolverines single run in the game came in the top of the fifth inning, starting off with Jordan Campbell getting on base on a hit-by-pitch. Shirts and Waite both hit singles, moving Campbell to third. Campbell stole home on a catcher’s error, putting Weiser on the board before the final out, Homedale up 9-1.
 The Trojans put two more runs across the plate in the bottom half, moving the score to 11-1, triggering the 10-run rule, and  giving the Trojans the District Championship title and the Wolverines winning second-place medals. Parma went on to defeat McCall-Donnelly 14-10 to win a 3A bid at the State championships, as well. 
 Good luck in Moscow, Lady Wolverines!


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