By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
Last Friday and Saturday the Preston Indians hosted the 10th Annual Tony Hansen Memorial Tournament.
“The tournament was rainy and blustery, but had no shortage of great games to watch,” said coach Brandon Ormond. “South Fremont won the tournament by going 4-0 over the two days and beating Sugar Salem 14-4 in the championship game.
“Preston went 2-2 overall, but beat a scrappy American Falls team during the tournament opener 3-1 on Friday. We put the ball in Jason Wade’s hand for that one and he took care of business by striking out 17 and only walking two batters.”
That set the tone for the tournament. “We played four good games, but came up just short against Sugar Salem on Friday night losing 8-6. We were very fortunate to have the entire Tony Hansen family in attendance, including Robin, his wife.”
All three of his boys threw out a ceremonial first pitch while the sun came out for the special moment. “We were also honored to have the Kris Cole family present and had his sister, Amanda, throw out a first pitch in his honor which was caught by their father, Bracken.
“Overall, it was a very stirring ceremony and we felt that Tony and Kris would have been proud.
“After the ceremony, we took care of Soda Springs 19-5 in five innings behind a strong pitching performance by Damon Yardley and a hot bat from Kieton Keller, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, scoring four times and batting in two runs.
“Our final game against Malad turned out to be the most exciting game of the tournament. All Preston starters had multi-hit games, including a 4-for- 4 performance from Derek Fryar.”
He had two singles, a double and a solo home run. He also pitched four good innings before Malad finally got to him, but not before he struck out five.
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