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Most of the Wood River American Legion Silver Spurs baseball team (ages 13-16) gathers for a recent team photo at Hailey’s Founders Field. Front row, from left, Cole Curci, Finn Naghsh, Hunter McLaren, Gus Hedrick Rabbit Buxton, Leo Molter and Finn Wolfrom. Standing, from left, are Spurs head coach Jeff Burrell, Zach Nordstrom, Andrew Lago, Holden Blair, Charlie Roberts, Brock Burrell, Clayton Elsbree, Gabe Nilsen, assistant coach Benson Blair and assistant coach Matt Buxton. Not shown are Spurs players Grendl Sprong, Jack Eastop, Jake Nikolaisons and Gage Whitehead.

Wood River American Legion baseball includes two teams headquartered at Hailey’s Founders Field this summer—Wranglers (ages 16-19) and Silver Spurs (ages 13-16).

The Silver Spurs squad is an important stepping-stone for the young players who have just come out of Little League with its shorter pitching and base-running distances, and are now headed for high school baseball.

Head coach Jeff Burrell of the Silver Spurs has taken his team to Burley and Minico this weekend where the Area C “B” district tournament will be played in a 15-team double elimination tournament.

“It should be a good challenge for us,” Burrell said about the tournament, set for July 11-13 in the Cassia County cities. “Nine of the 15 teams playing we haven’t seen all year so it will be very interesting to see how we match up.”

He added, “I have confidence in our team to do well this weekend. I think the pieces of the puzzle have been placed properly and now it’s time to execute what they have learned throughout the season.”

Assistant coaches are Matt Buxton and Benson Blair.

Burrell said about the Silver Spurs regular-season finale on Tuesday, “We ended our regular season last night against the Twin Falls Cowboys. We split, winning the first and losing the second.

“Our record for the season is 14-15, one game under .500.

“We played in only one tournament, at Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls. We rolled through our three of our first four games and had to beat Burley in extra innings to win our fourth game. This gave us the number one seed for bracket play.

“We moved on to play an Elko team in the semi-finals of that tournament. They were older and bigger than our squad. But we gave them everything they could handle. We eventually ran out of steam and ended up losing the game.”

Silver Spurs players are Holden Blair, Brock Burrell, Rabbit Buxton, Cole Curci, Jack Eastop, Clayton Elsbree, Gus Hedrick, Andrew Lago, Hunter McLaren, Leo Molter, Finn Naghsh, Jake Nikolaisons, Gabe Nilsen, Zach Nordstrom, Charlie Roberts, Grendel Sprong, Gage Whitehead and Finn Wolfrom.

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