By Jeremy McDonald
BOISE, Idaho.– That cardboard in the South Salem dugout that spelled out ‘Thooah’, poking fun of Chris Hemsworth’s Australian-accent and his Comic Book gimmick of ‘Thor’, seemed to have been the mantra for the Saxons throughout their Bucks Invite journey in Idaho.
The story behind it was, at their team house they rented out for the trip, they were outside playing wiffleball in a Thunderstorm. Ricky Alvarado raised his bat over his head, making a comment about Thor and smacked the ball to the roof of the house. Since then, whenever an extra-base hit occurs, it resulted in over-the-head press with palm close and the team saying ‘Thooah’ from the dugout.
“I like it cause it’s good and clean, there’s no negative connotation or whatever about it. It is what it is,” said Saxons Head Coach Max Price with a smile about it. “It helped them come together, it’s whatever. Whatever works, I love it.”
Sean Alvarado said Thursday after their 13-2 win over Centennial (ID), and Ryan Brown said Friday night after their 11-7 win over Capital (ID) that this trip was need for them to build that cohesiveness that last season’s 24-7 team had.
And after their win over the Eagles Friday night, a win longtime coming after Capital taking the last two meetings in Idaho 10-0 and a walk-off 5-4 game last season, South Salem didn’t let down against Madison as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead entering the fourth.
JV Pitcher Tyler Minney, one of three JV guys who saw action on this trip, held a no-hitter after three innings and pitched a six inning complete game with two strikeouts in the Saxons 13-3 win over the Bobcats.
“It was great, they do this all the time it’s definitely nice to help them out a little bit and give them a cushion. They’ve never had an undefeated season in Boise yet and we got that today,” said Minney on helping out the Varsity. “It was great, I’ve never had a trip like this. It’s one-of-a-kind, so it was nice to get to be out there.”
The 13-3 win capped a 4-0 Spring Break Trip, but most of all, helped bring the squad together with them traveling up to Grant Tuesday and hosting Lincoln Friday.
“It was a great way to cap it off, in no other Boise-trip in South Salem-history have we gone undefeated. So it was great to come here and go on a baseball business trip and to come out with four wins is a big bonus,” said Greyson Hanowell, who went 7-for-15 with six RBIs in the trip. “I think we really gelled together. Not just on the field, but in the house as well and how we interact with each other and becoming more of a family and I think it’s going to carry us a long way.”
In their Bucks Invite Finale, Danny Alvarado drove in four runs on 2-for-3 hitting, Hanowell went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in part of three South Salem hitting for two RBIs each in the win.
Danny Alvarado went 7-for-12 with two Homeruns and eight RBIs, Kaiden Doten went 10-for-14 with a Grand Slam and eight RBIs on the trip. Sean Alvarado stole a team-high four bases in the Invite.
First pitch versus Grant is at 5pm at the Marshall High School Campus.