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Bonneville advances to 5A semifinals with 8-4 win over Mountain View


BOISE — The Bonneville High School baseball team not only brought their bats to Boise on Thursday, but a bag of tricks that included a couple of clutch plays to send them to their second consecutive 5A state tournament semifinals.

Bruer Webster, left, and Willie Nelson celebrate after Webster scored as Bonneville High School takes on Hillcrest High on Friday, March 30, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

After a bases loaded walk scored Mountain View’s Charlie Tentinger with one out in the top of the seventh, Bees skipper Ryan Alexander approached the mound to converse with junior ace Randon Hostert. The chat was short, and Hostert adjusted his hat as the Mavericks’ next batter, Alex Nielebeck, entered the box.

Nielebeck grounded into a double play — Rostert to catcher Tavyn Lords to first baseman Willie Nelson — to end the game and wrap up an 8-4 Bonneville win at Borah High School.

“Ryan just talked about giving us a shot,” said Hostert, a Utah commit. “Be aggressive out there and keep doing what I do.”

The game-ending double play ended an intense contest between the 5A District 5-6 champion Bees (23-5) and 5A District 3 runners-up Mavericks (20-6). The Bees wasted no time Thursday, taking a 4-0 lead after a Lords two-RBI double, Andrew Olaveson RBI double and Nelson RBI single in the bottom of the first. Bonneville held the lead for four innings and limited the Mavericks to one hit, but Mountain View broke through in the top of the fifth, cutting the deficit to 4-3 off an error, an RBI double by Carson Smith and a run by Tentinger.

Bonneville responded with four runs, extending the lead to 8-3 off an Olaveson two-RBI double and a Nelson two-RBI single in consecutive at bats in the bottom of the fifth.

The Bees emptied the dugout after Olaveson’s hit, high fiving Caden Christensen and Lords after they reached home plate.

“Andrew’s a great guy and a fantastic player,” Alexander said. “For a senior to step up and give us a good hit like that in his last state tournament, it was huge for us in this game.”

The teams combined for one hit in the sixth — a single from Mountain View’s Braxton Mills which was followed up by a Bonneville double play (shortshop Bruer Webster to second baseman Chase Muckleroy to first baseman Nelson) — before the Mavericks made their final push in the seventh.

Hostert earned the win, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six in seven innings. Olaveson went 2 for 3 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored, Lords went 2 for 2 with a double, two RBis and two runs scored and Nelson went 2 for 3 with three RBIs for the Bees, who play District 1-2 champion Lewiston (14-12) in a 1 p.m. semifinal game today.

Hostert said the Bees aspire to take their run farther this season after getting experience at their first 5A state tournament last year.

“For a lot of us, it was our first time playing at state, myself included,” Hostert said. “This year, we came into this wanting to make it to the state title game and give ourselves a shot.”

Alexander agreed with and expanded upon Hostert’s sentiments.

“We had a ton of seniors last year,” Alexander said. “To see this year’s seniors step up and lead us, it’s huge. One of our team mottos this year was ‘don’t be satisfied with just getting here.’”

Correction: This story’s headline has been updated to reflect more accurate information. 

Mountain View 000 030 1 — 4 6 2
Bonneville 400 040 X — 8 11 1
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Pitchers: Jaydon Yancey (L) 0.1 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 0 K; Riley Harrison 5 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K; Carson Smith o.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K. Leading hitters: Smith 2-4, 2B, RBI; Braxton Mills 2-3, R; Charlie Tentinger 1-2, 2 R; Cale LaFever 1-3.
BONNEVILLE — Pitchers: Randon Hostert (W) 7 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K. Leading hitters: Tavyn Lords 2-2, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Andrew Olaveson 2-3, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs, 2 R; Willie Nelson 2-3, 3 RBIs; Caden Christensen 2-4, 2 R.

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