Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Baseball All-Stars carry home Salmon hardware

U-10 winners

Celebrating its Max Hemmert Memorial All-Star youth base-ball tournament victory in Salmon last weekend is the Wood River U-10 All-Star squad. Kneeling, from left, are Blake Nelson, John Radford, Zane Barckholtz, Axel Diehl and Ashton Tanner. Sitting is James Cantrell. Standing, from left, are Jake Gorham, Tuffer Manning, Deke Burrell, An-drew Nelson, Colby Speth and Christian Bothwell. Standing, from left at back, are head coach Brian Nelson and assis-tant coach Jeff Burrell.
Courtesy photo

     It was a winning weekend for the Wood River U-10 All-Star youth baseball team during the eight-team Max Hemmert Memorial Tournament June 15-16 in Salmon, Idaho.

     Wood River dropped its first game to the host Salmon squad, 6-5, and then reeled off five consecutive victories to earn the championship hardware with an overall 5-1 record and 66-19 tournament scoring advantage.

     In the championship game, Wood River defeated St. Anthony 19-3 behind the pitching of James Cantrell (3 innings, 8 strikeouts) and Andrew Nelson (2 innings, 4 strikeouts).

     “We hit the ball pretty well and our pitching was great. They threw strikes and a lot of our putouts were by strikeouts,” said coach Brian Nelson.

     Other team members for coaches Nelson and Jeff Burrell were Blake Nelson, John Radford, Zane Barckholtz, Axel Diehl, Ashton Tanner, Jake Gorham, Tuffer Manning, Deke Burrell, Colby Speth and Christian Bothwell.

     Cantrell pitched well in the four-inning 6-5 loss to Salmon.  Bothwell drove in two runs and scored once. Wood River then started its winning streak with a 15-0 win over Idaho Owls. Winning pitcher was Radford (3 innings, 7 K). Radford and Andrew Nelson each contributed two hits and scored twice.

     Finishing pool play was an 11-7 success over Challis behind the efforts of pitcher Blake Nelson. Radford, Andrew Nelson, Cantrell and Bothwell each accounted for two hits and two runs scored.

     In the single elimination championship round, Wood River opened with a 6-3 victory over Bitterroot Valley. Winning pitcher Andrew Nelson (3 innings, 7 K) also delivered at the plate with two hits including a home run.

     Pitchers Cantrell (7 K) and Radford (4 k) combined for a 10-0 shutout triumph over top-seeded Florence (Mont.) in the semi-final contest. Then Cantrell (3 innings, 8 K) was the game Most Valuable Player in the 19-3 title game victory.

     Wood River next travels to the Twin Falls tournament June 29-30.

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