Weiser starts out season with three wins at Ontario

Tommy Johnson is up to bat for the Wolverines against conference rivals Payette Pirates. It was a fight to the end in the first game of the season for the Wolverines. Dylan Turrentine and Jack Shirts were on the mound for the Wolverines. Weiser travelled to Ontario to play in a three day tournament against Ontario, Vale and North Fremont. They beat all three teams and are ready for play to begin after spring break. Photo by Katie von Brethorst
Katie von Brethorst

First game of the season against Payette ended in a one run loss

Weiser baseball had a busy week last week hosting the conference opener with Payette on Tuesday and then heading to a tournament in Ontario.  

 The game versus Payette was a dog fight. 
 Dylan Turrentine got the start on the mound for the Wolverines and allowed 6 hits and 3 runs during his 5 innings on the mound. He also struck out 6 batters. 
 Payette scored one run in the second, third, fifth, and sixth innings for the 4 points they put on the board, while Weiser scored one each in the third, fourth, and seventh, and came up just a little bit short in the 4-3 loss. 
 Jack Shirts relieved Turrentine and finished the game with 1 run on 2 hits and struck out one Pirate. The offensive stats were almost identical, with each team recording 8 hits during the contest. Payette finished the game with 4 RBIs while Weiser had 2.  
 Notable offensive performance was Kaleb Grove who went 3 for 4 at the plate. 
 Weiser then competed in the Ontario Tournament on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  
 Weiser opened up the tourney with Ontario on Thursday. Brock Spencer started on the mound for the Wolverines and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and struck out 5 Tiger batters during his 4 innings. Weiser was a little slow getting the offense going, but when they finally did, it was impressive.  
 In the fourth inning, Weiser answered Ontario. Dylan Turrentine hit a line drive to right field and reached first base on an error. Luke Sarich would single to left field and Turrentine would push the limits and get to third base. 
 Ammon Caviness came up and grounded out to second base, but allowed Turrentine to score and moved Sarich to second. Ricky Petersen then laid down a nice bunt and got on base with the pitcher making an error. Petersen would use his speed to get to second and Sarich would score on that same error. 
 Jack Shirts hit a hard ground ball to second base, advancing Petersen to third, followed by Finn Dolton hitting a line drive to second and advanced the runners before getting out at first base.  
 Brock Spencer had a nice single to center field that scored Shirts and then he stole second base. Kaleb Grove followed by an intentional walk to load the bases. Jack Tucker got his chance at the plate and hit a double to left field scoring Spencer and advancing Grove to third. Turrentine would come up again and hit a fly ball to left field to end the inning, but Weiser took over the game 5-4. 
 Weiser changed pitchers in the fifth inning after a walk and an error allowed Ontario some runners on base. Jack Tucker took over for two innings and recorded 0 runs on 0 hits and struck out 4 batters. Ontario was able to score 2 in the fifth inning. Weiser answered that in the top of the sixth inning with Shirts and Spencer each adding a single. Tucker would single on a fly ball to score Spencer after a pass ball also allowed Shirts to reach home. Turrentine also added a single in the sixth inning.  
 Ontario had no answer and with the score 7-6, the Wolverines entered the top of the seventh inning. Austin Ashley would get a chance at the plate and worked the pitch count to walk. Ashley would then take second base on a wild pitch. Petersen laid down another bunt and pushed his luck to second base, getting thrown out, but it was worth it to score Ashley.  
 Grove came in to shut Ontario down in the seventh  inning, striking out 2 batters and Ontario lost 8-6. 
 Tucker had a great game going 2 for 2 at the plate and recording 2 RBIs for the Wolverines.  Spencer also had a nice day at the plate going 3 for 5 with 1 RBI and stealing 3 bases. The Wolverines recorded 10 hits during the contest and 5 RBIs. They also didn’t commit a single error.
North Fremont
 On Friday, the Wolverines took on North Fremont and got things going early in the game scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Shirts hit a single to start out the game, followed by Spencer getting hit by a pitch to advance Shirts to second. Tucker hit a nice single to center field, scoring Shirts and advancing Spencer to third.  
 North Fremont’s pitcher tried to pick the runner on third, which ended up in an error and Spencer scoring and Tucker advancing to second. Turrentine would hit a great double to left field and score Tucker, 3-0 Weiser.  
 Shirts would get the start on the mound and hold North Fremont scoreless in the first inning and Weiser would score another 2 in the second inning. Shirts would again get on with a single and Grove would reach first after getting hit by a pitch. Spencer would ground out, but advance the runners and Tucker again would hit a nice single to center field, scoring both Shirts and Grove.  
 North Fremont couldn’t get anything going in the second inning to answer the Wolverines. In the third inning, Weiser would hold scoreless, but North Fremont finally got a little offense going and scored 4 points due to some good base hitting and a couple of Wolverine errors.  
 Weiser would add another point in the fourth inning and hold them scoreless in the bottom of the fourth. Weiser would change pitchers after Shirts went 4 and a third innings, with 5 runs scored on 5 hits and striking out four batters. Weiser added 2 more in the fifth inning during a 2-out rally when Grove hit a single followed by Spencer hitting a double and scoring Grove. Tucker would walk and Turrentine would hit again to left field allowing Spencer to score and Tucker to advance to second.   
 Brennett Marshall came in to relieve Shirts and went 1 and two thirds innings. He would allow 2 hits and no runs and struck out 1 batter, followed by Grove who closed the game again, pitching the seventh inning and striking out 2 batters. Final score 8-5 Weiser.  
 Weiser was a hitting machine with 12 hits. They also tallied 7 RBIs. Tucker and Turrentine both went 3 for 3 during the contest with Tucker collecting 3 RBIs and Turrentine recording 2.  
 The last game of the tournament was Saturday against Vale. Senior, Dylan Turrentine started on the mound for the Wolverines and had his most impressive game to date. He faced 20 batters and recorded a no-hitter for the game, striking out an amazing 13 Vikings. Weiser had 9 hits during the contest to score 11 points to Vale’s 0 hits and 1 run during the contest.  
 Turrentine was well-rounded during the event because he led the Wolverines on the offensive side of the ball as well. Turrentine went 3 for 3 at the plate and also recorded 2 RBIs. Brennett Marshall went 2 for 3 and recorded 1 RBI for the Wolverines as well.  
 Head Coach, Bowe von Brethorst was happy, to say the least, for his Wolverines. 
 “Man, we learned a lot about ourselves this week,” he said. “The loss to Payette didn’t sit well for the team and did we ever respond during the tournament. We have identified a great closing pitcher with Grove. We had great at-bats with almost every Wolverine during the tournament.  We had some guys who had previous engagements heading into spring break and we had guys who stepped up to fill those positions well.”  
 von Brethorst also discussed Turrentine’s game excitedly. 
 “Dylan Turrentine played lights out this week and especially Saturday,” he said. “He has been dealing on the mound for us this year like I have never seen before and then to watch him hit and have the success that he did – my hat is definitely off to him. He went 8-10 during the tournament with 4 RBIs. I am excited! As a team, we played some great ball this weekend and we just have to keep it going when we return from break.”  
 The Wolverines will be back in play April 3 when they travel to Parma for conference play. They will then host Fruitland April 5 and travel to Cole Valley on April 6. 
 Go Wolverines!


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