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Fairbanks 30 rolls into Horizon Lines championship game

The Fairbanks Post 30 Wild banged out 12 hits and got hitless relief from Terrell Ford en route to an 8-3 victory Monday night over Ketchikan Post 3 in the Horizon Lines Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Ford entered the game in the fifth inning with his team down 3-2. He didn’t allow a hit while walking three and striking out eight.

Seven of nine starters had base hits, including three apiece from Tyler Christmann and Camron Walker. Christmann drove in two runs and Michael Fitzpatrick scored twice and swiped two bags. Fairbanks took over with a six-run seventh inning.

Ketchikan’s Shawn Sande, Austin Erickson and Jackson Pool collected RBIs.

Earlier on Monday, Fairbanks Post 11 upset No. 1 seed Kodiak Post 15 by an 8-4 score and Bartlett Post 29 outlasted East Post 34 in 11 innings, 7-6.

Casey Lewandowski twirled a complete-game gem with 13 strikeouts for Fairbanks 11. He allowed only four hits and two walks in nine innings.

Jacob Kriebel and Derrick Overby each had two RBIs for the 49ers.

Kodiak’s Sam Bennett drove in two runs for the Islanders.

Bartlett’s victory was highlighted by a two-run 11th inning and a remarkable relief appearance by Dustin Mueller. 

The Golden Bears scored two runs after East had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th. 

Muller pitched 9.2 innings, scattering four hits and six walks. He allowed only one run, and it was unearned. He struck out five.

East starter Matthew Schnellbaecher had 10 Ks for the T-birds. Teammate Scott Campos had a heckuva day, stealing four bases, scoring three runs and throwing six innings of relief in which he gave up only one earned run.

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High School

Tuesday’s Games

12 PM Fairbanks 11 vs. Bartlett

3 PM Ketchikan vs. Fbx 11/Bartlett winner

Wednesday’s Games

2 PM Championship Game: Fairbanks 30 vs. TBD

6 PM If-Necessary Game

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

Wasilla disqualified from State Tournament for ineligible player

Wasilla Post 35 has been disqualified from the Alaska Legion State Baseball Tournament, Legion officials announced tonight, after it was discovered that the Wasilla team used an ineligible player.

This player violated Alaska's dual participation rule which precludes players from other baseball activities when it causes a player to miss scheduled American Legion games in the process. The Legion season runs for approximately eight weeks from about early June through early August.

The information about the ineligible player was provided to members of the Alaska American Legion Baseball Committee on Sunday night and verified on Monday afternoon with calls to the other baseball organization that revealed the player did in fact attend the event outside of Alaska. The player in question missed American Legion scheduled games in that time period with his Wasilla team. 

This Alaska Legion Baseball policy has been in place for many years in the state and penalties are outlined in the Alaska American Legion rules. The 2014 Alaska Legion rules have been posted for several months at the state’s official Legion website.

The penalty forced Wasilla to forfeit today's 2-1 victory over Juneau during state tournament consolation play at Mulcahy Stadium and eliminated Wasilla from the tournament.

As a result, Juneau Post 25 will advance to play Chugiak Post 33 – an 11-8 winner over Kenai earlier Monday - on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Alaska Department of American Legion Baseball Committee issued a statement:

“American Legion Baseball in Alaska believes that team loyalty is a key ingredient for any team sport. Some high school sports in Alaska have similar dictates limiting team participation during the high school season. The Alaska rule essentially applies only eight weeks out of the calendar year when the American Legion season takes place. The other 44 weeks of the year are open for players to attend other baseball activities in and out of the state of Alaska.”

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

Tuesday’s Games

10 AM #7 Juneau vs. #3 Chugiak – elimination game

1 PM #8 South vs. #6 Dimond – winner’s bracket

Dimond, South advance to semifinals at State Tournament

Pitching and defense defined Day 3 of the Alaska Legion State Tournament on Sunday, with both winning teams prevailing with shutouts.

Dimond blanked Juneau 10-0 in five innings in the early game at Mulcahy Stadium, with Jordan Clevenger tossing a five-hitter.

Clevenger struck out five and walked one. He also delivered a two-run double and scored for the sixth-seeded Lynx [20-10].

Preston Micheletto, Mason Anderson and Mahlon Cleveland also finished with two RBIs. Grant Remmer walked three times and scored twice.

Two of Juneau’s four hits went for extra bases, with Steven Basaden hitting a double and Kellen Johansen stroking a triple.

South went the distance in a 4-0 win over Kenai as starter Nick Jensen and reliever Sage Dudick combined on a six-hitter for the eighth-seeded Wolverines.

Jensen pitched the first seven innings, allowing four singles and a double but no walks. He fanned three. Dudick closed out the final two innings.

Dudick also got it done at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. 

South’s Jake Crapps had a single, a sac bunt and two RBIs.

Kenai’s Dallas Pierren tripled and Joshua Darrow had a pair of hits. Tyler Covey threw three innings of shutout relief of starter Klayton Justice.

Dimond and South will face in the state tournament’s first semifinal Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

Here is a look at the schedule for the next two days:

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium


10 AM #5 Kenai vs. #3 Chugiak – elimination game

1 PM #7 Juneau vs. #1 Wasilla – elimination game


10 AM Consolation game [Monday’s winners]

1 PM #8 South vs. #6 Dimond – state semifinal 

Fairbanks 30, Ketchikan stay alive in Horizon Lines Invitational

One team rallied and another held on, but either way Fairbanks 30 and Ketchikan avoided elimination Sunday in the Horizon Lines Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Fairbanks 30 scored seven unanswered runs and got solid pitching from Tyler Christmann and Terrell Ford to highlight an 8-3 victory over Bartlett in a winner’s bracket game.

Adam Norton went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Benjamin Hall and Christmann each had an RBI for the Wild.

Bartlett’s Zach Schmidt had three hits and an RBI. Only two of the seven runs given by up starter Sean Breslin were earned. Alec and Ryan Dudley each doubled, the only extra-base hits of the game.

Ketchikan upset top seed Kodiak 7-4 after scoring in each of the first four innings to build a lead it never relinquished.

Starter Colton Paulsen was magnificent with a tournament record 15 strikeouts in eight innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks. Austin Erickson pitched the ninth for the save.

Jackson Pool drove in two runs for the Salmon and Paulsen joined Spencer Erickson in the two-hit club.

Frank Carlson and Jake Arnold each went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Kodiak.

Fairbanks 30 will face Ketchikan in the tournament’s first semifinal game, with the winner advancing to the title game.

Here is a look at Monday’s schedule:

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High School


11 AM Fairbanks 11 vs. Kodiak – elimination game

2:30 PM East vs. Bartlett – elimination game

6 PM Ketchikan vs. Fairbanks 30 - semifinal

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

Chugiak, Wasilla survive on Day 2 of Legion State Tournament

A couple of division winners in the regular season got back on the winning track Saturday at the Alaska Legion State Tournament.

Defending state champion Chugiak and No. 1 Wasilla each picked up consolation victories at Mulcahy Stadium to avoid elimination on Day 2 of the tournament.

No. 3 Chugiak scored three runs over the final three innings in a 9-7 win over No. 2 Service.

Deven Ferriss, the team’s lone 19-year-old, recorded three hits, scored three runs, stole a base and picked up a save with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Chugiak’s Sam Hanson, Jimmy Lanier and Jared Phearson all drove in two runs apiece. John Ives scored twice.

Chugiak [19-12] plays again Monday.

Service’s Ryan Caron tripled, walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice. Brandon Sakamoto went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Service ended the season 20-8.

Wasilla jumped all over Eagle River for an 10-3 victory, scoring in each of the first five innings including four in the first.

Matt Palmer’s 4-for-4 performance led an 11-hit attack. Palmer also roped a double, swiped three bags and scored three times. 

Ben Ross went 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs, and Jacob Butcher was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Ross is an all-state slugger who has delivered seven RBIs in two state tournament games.

Wasilla pitcher Dalton McHugill earned the win after tossing seven innings, scattering seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven.

Wasilla [24-6] has won more games than any other Alaska team. The Road Warriors will play again Monday.

Eagle River finished the season 18-10.

Here is Sunday’s schedule:

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

1 PM #7 Juneau [18-9] vs. #6 Dimond [19-10]

4 PM #8 South [16-12] vs. #5 Kenai [17-10]

Kodiak, Ketchikan advance in Horizon Lines Invitational

They got started a day late after getting rained out, so Kodiak and Ketchikan made up for lost time Saturday in the Horizon Lines Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Both teams secured first round wins in the consolation tournament, moving into the winner’s bracket with Bartlett and Fairbanks 30.

Top-seeded Kodiak beat West 15-4 in seven innings behind Jacob Arnold’s two-hitter. He struck out nine and walked five.

Austin Frick had two hits and five RBIs, and Jon Levan and Brandon Pickett combined to score seven times.

Ketchikan scored three runs over the final two innings, including two in the bottom of the ninth inning, to beat East 4-3.

Shawn Sande drove in three runs and Alec Simmons plated another run for the Salmons.

East’s Yerarmy Aristy-Valdez went 4-for-4 in the loss.

In loser’s bracket action, Fairbanks 11 beat Palmer 16-2 and East knocked off West 9-4.

Here is Sunday’s schedule:

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High School

1 PM #3 Bartlett vs. #2 Fairbanks 30

4 PM #4 Ketchikan vs. #1 Kodiak

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

Upsets rule Day 1 of Legion State Tournament at Mulcahy

It was a tough day to be a top seed Friday at the Alaska Legion State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

All four top seeds lost first-round games, dropping into the consolation bracket.

Now the bottom four seeds dominate the winner’s bracket.

Here were the scores:

No. 6 Dimond 6, No. 3 Chugiak 3

No. 7 Juneau 13, No. 2 Service 8

No. 5 Kenai 9, No. 4 Eagle River 5

No. 8 South 11, No. 1 Wasilla 6

All four winners earned a day off Saturday. The losing teams will face off in elimination games Saturday afternoon.

At the Horizon Lines Invitational at Bartlett High School, Fairbanks 30 and Bartlett advanced.

Here is a look at Saturday’s schedule:

State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

1 PM Chugiak vs. Service

4 PM Eagle River vs. Wasilla

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High

9 AM East vs. Ketchikan

12 PM West vs. Kodiak

3 PM Palmer vs. Fairbanks 11

6 PM East/Ketchikan loser vs. West/Kodiak loser

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Current Standings

Alaska Legion AA American Division
Team Points League Overall
x-Wasilla Post 35 63 15-3 24-7
x-Service Post 28 57 13-5 20-8-1
x-Dimond Post 21 54 12-6 20-10
x-Juneau Post 25 51 11-7 19-10
x-South Post 4 48 10-8 17-12-1
Ketchikan Post 3 39 7-11 10-19
East Post 34 33 5-13 11-19
West Post 1 06 0-18 2-26


Alaska Legion AA National Division
Team Points League Overall
x-Chugiak Post 33 57 13-5 20-12
x-Eagle River 57 13-5 18-10
x-Kenai Post 20 54 12-6 17-12
Kodiak Post 17 48 10-8 14-14
Fairbanks Post 30 45 9-9 16-12
Bartlett Post 29 42 8-10 15-17-1
Fairbanks Post 11 32 5-13 9-19
Palmer Post 15 21 1-17 1-25-1


x-clinched state playoff berth

Monday's Scores

Chugiak 11, Kenai 8 - State Tournament

Juneau 9, Wasilla 0, forfeit, illegal player - State Tournament

Fairbanks 11 8, Kodiak 4 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Bartlett 7, East 6 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Fairbanks 11 8, Ketchikan 3 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Sunday's Scores

Dimond 10, Juneau 0 - State Tournament

South 4, Kenai 0 - State Tournament

Fairbanks 30 8, Bartlett 3 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Ketchikan 7, Kodiak 4 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Saturday's Scores

Chugiak 9, Service 7 - State Tournament

Wasilla 10, Eagle River 3 - State Tournament

Ketchikan 4, East 3 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Kodiak 15, West 4 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Fairbanks 11 16, Palmer 2 - Horizon Lines Invitational

East 9, West 4 - Horizon Lines Invitational

Friday's Scores

Dimond 7, Chugiak 5 - State Tournament

Juneau 13, Service 8 - State Tournament

Kenai 9, Eagle River 5 - State Tournament

South 11, Wasilla 6 - State Tournament

Bartlett 9, Fairbanks 11 0 F - Horizon Lines Invitational

Fairbanks 30 11, Palmer 1 - Horizon Lines Invitational


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