Friday, June 7, 2013

Snake River baseball title to Wood River U-12s

Winners on the Burley diamond

Snake River Shootout champi-ons from Wood River. Back row, from left, coach Matt Douthit, Henry Cherp, Ike Bux-ton, Andrew Nelson, Klayton Douthit, Quintin Ossman and coach Brian Nelson. Front row, from left, Jake Blackburn, Fa-bian Leos, Dominick Leos, Alexx Sanders, Hunter Diehl, Blake Nelson, Crow Macdonald and James Cantrell.
Courtesy photo

     It was rewarding start to the youth baseball tournament season for the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association’s U-12 baseball squad.

     Coached by Brian Nelson and Matt Douthit, the Hailey-based boys won the fourth annual Snake River Shootout tournament with a 5-4 victory over the Twin Falls Patriots in the championship game at Burley’s Freedom Park June 2.

     Wood River played great baseball down the stretch and narrowly won both their semi-final game over the Burley Cubs and the final contest over the Patriots. Hailey’s Ike Buxton was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.

     Tough pitching by Andrew Nelson (4 innings) and Buxton (3 innings) tamed Twin Falls in the championship game as Wood River finished its tournament march with three wins in its five games at Burley.

     Coach Nelson said, “The kids played great. It was a fun weekend.”

     Rounding out the winning team’s roster were Henry Cherp, Klayton Douthit, Quintin Ossman, Jake Blackburn, Fabian Leos, Dominick Leos, Alexx Sanders, Hunter Diehl, Blake Nelson, Crow Macdonald and James Cantrell.

     Other champs in the three-day tournament presented by Lars Hovey’s Sawtooth Baseball Academy, the Burley American Legion and Oregon Trail Recreation District were the Twin Falls Pioneers in the U-10 division and Meridian 12s in the 12-U 70-foot category.

     Sawtooth Baseball is planning to stage its first annual Sun Valley Shootout youth tournament Friday through Sunday, July 26-28 at Atkinson Park in Ketchum.

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