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South-Gold secures No. 1 seed for CIC JV Invitational

The South-Gold junior varsity scored a perfect 10-0 record in the regular season to secure the No. 1 seed for the Cook Inlet Conference JV Invitational, which runs Wednesday through Saturday.

Dimond is the No. 2 seed at 9-1.

Chugiak and South-Black round out the top four, which all earned the right to be home team for Thursday's games.

The tournament will conclude Saturday at noon at Taylar Young Memorial Field.

JV Invitational Schedule

[Better seed is HOME TEAM]

GAME#    Field    Time     Teams

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

GM1      BA       6:30 PM  [9] Bartlett vs. [8] East

THURSDAY, MAY 28

GM2      MS       6:30 PM  WG1 vs. [1] South-Gold

GM3      BA       6:30 PM  [7] West vs. [2] Dimond

GM4      OB       6:30 PM  [6] Eagle River vs. [3] Chugiak

GM5     TY        6:30 PM  [5] Service vs. [4] South-Black

FRIDAY, MAY 29

GM6      MS       6:30 PM  WG5 vs. WG2

GM7      K4       6:30 PM  WG4 vs. WG3

GM8      K3       6:30 PM  LG5 vs. LG2

GM9      K1       6:30 PM  LG4 vs. LG3

SATURDAY, MAY 30

TITLE    TY       12 PM    WG6 vs. WG7

BA [Bartlett High School] MS [Mulcahy Stadium] OB [Oberg Field] TY [Taylar Young] K [Kosinski Fields]

Thompson drives in 4 as Pacific Lutheran moves to 2-0 in NCAAs

Anchorage’s Tyler Thompson stayed hot in the NCAA playoffs today as he banged out a double and 4 RBIs to lead Pacific Lutheran University to a 7-2 victory over Birmingham Southern on Day 2 of the NCAA D3 Tournament’s South Regional in Georgia.

One day after clubbing a solo home run, the former Dimond High star delivered a three-run double in the fifth inning to make it 6-0 and basically cement the team’s second postseason win in two days.

This one came over a 35-win Birmingham Southern team and kept the second-seeded Lutes undefeated in the double-elimination regional.

Thompson now has 39 RBIs in 41 games this season.

The all-league third baseman drove in his first run in the third inning on a fielder’s choice to make it 3-0 PLU. Then in the fifth he cleared the bases with a double.

PLU [32-12] will play again Friday at 3 p.m. ADT.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Brown, Thompson spark PLU to dramatic NCAA playoff win

The Pacific Lutheran University baseball team out of Washington won a huge playoff game today and Alaska’s fingerprints were all over it.

Anchorage’s Garrett Brown earned the win and Tyler Thompson hit a home run in a 9-6 win over Emory on opening day of the NCAA D3 Tournament South Regional in Georgia.

Brown, of Service High fame, threw 5.1 innings of one-run relief to keep his team in the game after the Lutes fell behind 5-3 in the third inning. He allowed just four hits and two walks. He struck out five and the run he allowed wasn’t even earned.

“He gave us a chance to win,” Thompson told me.

After Brown got the final out in the top of the third inning, Thompson came up in the bottom half and hit a home run that pulled PLU within 5-4.

“When Tyler hit his home run it pumped me up especially since I was pitching at the time,” Brown told me. “He’s been clutch all year.”

It was Thompson’s fifth homer of the season, which is the most among college players from Alaska this season.

But Brown was the story here.

The junior right-hander was a starter much of the season before getting moved to the bullpen for the NCAA playoffs. Rather than pout, he pounced on his opportunity, and shined bright when his team needed him most.

He pitched 5 scoreless innings before Emory – last year’s NCAA D3 runnerup –plated an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning.

“I just threw strikes and worked the ball to the outside of the plate. I threw majority all fastballs and was commanding both sides of the plate,” said Brown, who improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.72 in 14 games.

“It felt amazing. I knew if I kept us close then we were gonna get some runs because we always come through late in games.”

And that’s exactly what happened. PLU rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eight to pull away, improving to 31-12 on the season and remain undefeated in the double-elimination tournament.

PLU plays again Thursday. First pitch is 3 p.m. ADT.

“We need to take care of business tomorrow then we will be sitting in great position into the weekend,” Brown said.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director. 

Thompson, Brown, Miller to participate at Nationals

This week is the start of the college baseball playoffs and we have three Alaskans taking part in national tournaments at NCAA D3 and NAIA.

Anchorage’s Tyler Thompson and Garrett Brown helped Pacific Lutheran University of Washington earn its first postseason berth since 2007.

Meanwhile, Aaron Miller of Anchorage has Mayville State University of North Dakota back in the playoffs.

PLU earned the No. 2 seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament and will travel to Georgia to begin play Wednesday in the six-team double-elimination tournament.

“This is huge for our program,” Thompson told me. “There’s been years in the past before I was here where the team thought they did enough to get in and didn’t, so it feels really good to finally get a shot at a regional tournament.”

There was no denying the Lutes, who have posted a 30-12 record and won the Northwest Conference regular-season championship.

But they had to wait for the NCAA to make the official announcement late Sunday night.

That’s not the case with Mayville State, which has known for a week it was bound for the NAIA tournament after winning the North Star Athletic Association tournament title. 

The Comets [39-20] are the No. 5 seed in the Bellevue bracket in Nebraska and will face Madonna University on Tuesday in the opening round.

“My first two years we made nationals by an at-large bid from rankings, but this year we made it by winning our conference and it is a sweeter feeling getting in by winning the conference tourney,” Miller told me.

Miller, of Service High fame, is batting .341 in 53 games this season. He leads Mayville State with 50 RBIs to go with 4 home runs, 13 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

“It feels great being a contributing part of this team’s success,” he said.

The junior outfielder is a major cog in an offensive hitting .319 as a team.

“I like our chances this year,” Miller said. “We have a senior-dominated team and a close group of guys that all believe we are going win this and make it to the World Series in Lewiston.”

At PLU, Thompson and Brown have also played a key role in helping the Lutes get back to the national stage.

Thompson, of Dimond High fame, is batting .305 in 39 games and ranks second on the team with 4 home runs, 34 RBIs and 29 runs.

“My mindset will be the same it’s been all year,” the junior third baseman said. “Don’t add any pressure. Just be myself and play my game.

“To me, I try to not make it any different than the regular season, but I know it won’t always be that way.”

Brown, of Service High fame, has started 8 of 13 games and is 4-1 with a 4.10 ERA. The junior right-hander has 56 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

Look for all three Alaskans to continue playing well, even though the circumstances are much different. Now every play, every pitch and every at-bat matter more than ever.

“It’s do–or-die baseball,” Thompson said. “It’s going to be really fun to get out there and compete with my teammates.”

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director. 

Chapman earns first college win as Alaskans duel in NWAC

Anchorage’s Dalton Chapman earned his first college at the expense of another Alaskan.

The freshman righty pitched two scoreless innings of relief as Everett Community College won 7-2 over first-place Edmonds Community College and previously unbeaten starter Brian Way of Sitka.

Chapman [1-2] lowered his ERA to 4.09 in 11 games, although he has pitched better than his numbers suggest.

The 6-foot-5 pitcher has a 2.45 ERA in the nine games he didn’t suffer a losing decision. He also has 22 strikeouts in 22 innings on the year.

Way has been sensational this year and Edmonds had been unbeatable in the 12 previous days he pitched before today.

The 6-foot-7 righty didn’t pitch poorly but suffered his first college loss after allowing 4 runs [two earned] over 5 innings.

Way is now 6-1 with a 1.43 ERA in 13 games. He’s only issued seven walks in 37.2 innings.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director. 

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High School Baseball

Cook Inlet Conference
Team League

Championship Group

**#Chugiak

 

8-2

**South Anchorage 8-2
Dimond 6-4
Service 4-6

Consolation Group

Bartlett

 

5-5

Eagle River 5-5
West Anchorage 2-8
East Anchorage 2-8

Each team plays 10 league games

**Earned CIC berths to ASAA State Tournament

#Conference champion

Monday's Scores

Bartlett 5, West 4

Eagle River 15, East 7

Tuesday's Scores

Bartlett 4, East 3

Eagle River 6, West 5

Thursday's Scores

Chugiak 10, Service 0

South 7, South 2

Friday's Scores

Dimond 5, Chugiak 3

South 6, Service 3

Saturday's Scores

West 5, East 1

Dimond 8, Service 7

Chugiak 4, South 3

Bartlett 3, Eagle River 2

END REGULAR SEASON

Mid Alaska Conference
Team League
Lathrop 10-0
West Valley 8-2
Monroe Catholic 3-6

Eielson

3-7
Delta Junction 3-7
North Pole 1-8

Each team plays 10 league games

**Top two teams from postseason tournament advance to ASAA State Tournament

Thursday's Scores

Lathrop 19, Monroe 3

Eielson 9, Delta 8

Friday's Scores

West Valley 16, Delta 6

Lathrop 22, Eielson 3

Saturday's Games

Lathrop 7, West Valley 4

Monroe vs. North Pole

END REGULAR SEASON

Southcentral Conference
Team League
Wasilla 9-1
Colony 8-2
Kodiak 8-2
Soldotna 5-5
Homer 5-5
Palmer 4-6
Kenai 1-9
Houston 0-10

Each team plays 10 league games

**Top two teams from postseason tournament advance to ASAA State Tournament

Monday's Scores

Colony 8, Palmer 1

Tuesday's Scores

Colony 11, Wasilla 3 NL

Wednesday's Scores

Houston vs. Colony

Thursday's Scores

Homer 17, Kenai 6

Palmer 18, Houston 8

Wasilla 10, Kodiak 0

Friday's Scores

Soldotna 5, Kenai 4

Palmer 9, Homer 5

Kodiak 10, Colony 3

END REGULAR SEASON

Southeast Conference
Team League
Juneau-Douglas 10-2
Ketchikan 9-3
Sitka 6-6
Thunder Mountain 3-9
Petersburg 2-10

Each team plays 12 league games

**Top two teams from postseason tournament advance to ASAA State Tournament

Tuesday's Scores

Juneau 4, Thunder Mountain 1

Friday's Scores

Sitka 14, Thunder Mountain 1

Sitka 9, Thunder Mountain 0

Ketchikan 10, Petersburg 0

Saturday's Scores

Juneau 12, Thunder Mountain 0

Juneau 5, Sitka 2

Ketchikan 17, Petersburg 0

Ketchikan 5, Petersburg 1

END REGULAR SEASON


Schedules




Alaska Legion Baseball

2014 Alaska Legion AA American League
Team Points League
Wasilla Post 35 63 15-3
Service Post 28 57 13-5
Dimond Post 21 54 12-6
Juneau Post 25 51 11-7
South Post 4 48 10-8
Ketchikan Post 3 39 7-11
East Post 34 33 5-13
West Post 1 06 0-18

Alaska Legion AA National League
Team Points League
Chugiak Post 33 57 13-5
Eagle River 57 13-5
Kenai Post 20 54 12-6
Kodiak Post 17 48 10-8
Fairbanks Post 30 45 9-9
Bartlett Post 29 42 8-10
Fairbanks Post 11 32 5-13
Palmer Post 15 21 1-17


Legion Schedule

Revised May 11th: