Wolverines notch four-game winning streak over weekend

Weiser senior Kaleb Grove gets back to first base just in time after Vale’s pitcher caught him leading off. The Wolverines beat the Vikings 12-10 during a three-game tournament in Ontario. Photo by Philip A. Janquart
Philip A. Janquart
The Weiser High School varsity baseball team moved to a 6-2 overall record last week with an 11-1 loss at Nampa Christian on March 19 and a 12-6 win at Parma on March 20. 
 The Ontario (Ore.) Tournament ran from March 21-23, with Weiser notching wins over Burns (8-1) on Thursday, Nyssa (10-5) on Friday, and Vale (12-10) on Saturday.
 Wolverine head coach Josh Dolton said his team’s cohesion has been the key to success thus far.
 “We’ve got guys backing each other up when someone else is struggling, and we are more patient at the plate than we were earlier, but the team unity is pretty strong right now, as it should be with a four-game winning streak,” he said. “And we’ve shown a lot of good resilience; we’ve been down, we’ve let teams back in the game, but we just kind of held and were able to overcome and win. Those are some pretty positive team aspects going on right now, but after tomorrow, in Vale (March 26) we won’t get any favors because next week is probably considered the hardest week any team could have.”
 They begin with state third-place finisher Fruitland on Monday, April 1, followed by Homedale on Wednesday, April 3, which finished as the consolation team last season. Finally, it’s 2023 3A State Champion Marsh Valley, who Dolton said his team will play twice. 
 “It’s going to be a daunting week, but we’ll see if the guys can work together,” he said.
 Weiser 12, Parma 6:
 Senior Kaleb Grove drove in five runs on two hits to lead Weiser past Parma on Wednesday, March 20. Grove tripled in the seventh, scoring three; singled in the first, scoring one, and walked in the sixth, scoring one in the 12-6 win.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Weiser 2 0 2 0 0 5 3 12 8 4
Parma 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 6 8 4
Weiser 8, Burns 1:
 The Wolverines defeated the Highlanders thanks, in part, to five runs in the fifth inning. Senior Jack Shirts doubled, scoring one run; Kaleb Grove singled, scoring another, and Isai Herrera was struck by a pitch, driving in a run; and senior Brenett Marshall grounded out, scoring two runs.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Burns 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Weiser 0 2 0 1 5 0 x 8 10 0
Weiser 10, Nyssa 5:
 The Wolverines jumped to an early lead in the top of the first on Burns errors. Brenett Marshall drew a walk, scoring one run. Moyne Ingram drew a walk, scoring one run; an error scored a run, and another error scored two runs.
 Austin Ashley earned the win. The right-hander surrendered four hits and five runs (two earned) over four innings, striking out six and walking one. Junior Weston Black threw two innings of scoreless ball for Weiser in relief, surrendering on hit, striking out two, and walking none.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Weiser 8 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 6 3
Nyssa 4 0 0 0 1 0 x 5 5 8
Weiser 12, Vale 10
 Both Weiser and Vale generated impressive offense on Saturday but Weiser prevailed, collecting nine hits while the Vikings registered 15.
 The Wolverines got on board in the top of the first inning after senior Finn Dolton singled, senior Harry Cook doubled, and junior Isai Herrera hit into a fielder’s choice, each scoring one run. The Vikings flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the first, scoring five runs on five hits to take a 5-3 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a single by Cook that drove one in.
 Vale added one run in the second. Weiser committed an error, making the score 6-4.
 The Wolverines took back the lead in the top of the fifth, scoring seven runs on two hits to take a 12-8 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a single by Kaleb Grove that drove in three runs. Herrera earned the win for Weiser, the reliever surrendering four hits and three runs (two earned) over two and one-third innings, striking out three and walking one.
 Grove pitched three innings in relief, the right-hander giving up six hits and two runs while striking out three and walking one.
 Finn Dolton started the game on the mound for Weiser, surrendering five hits and five runs in two-thirds of an inning, striking out none and walking four.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Weiser 3 1 1 0 7 0 0 12 9 2
Vale 5 1 0 2 0 2 x 10 15 4


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