Alaskans shine in the rain at Arizona Senior Classic
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 23, 2018
Rain may have shortened the Arizona Senior Fall Classic, but it couldn’t dampen the spirit of the Alaska Baseball Academy 18U Sockeyes.
Even if it was for only two games, they were happy to play in front of scouts.
“It is the biggest, most scouted tournament in the western United States,” ABA manager Tony Wylie said. “Over 250 college coaches and recruiters typically attend the event as well as over 75 MLB scouts representing all 30 MLB clubs.”
The ABA team is comprised of elite players from Alaska Legion programs.
The Alaskans played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings with Mountain West Baseball Academy of Colorado in the first game.
Chugiak Post 33 all-star Ian Frizelle lined a triple into right field for the team’s lone extra-base hit. Mose Hayes of Homer pitched five scoreless innings of relief.
“The game was well played defensively by both squads with only one error committed in the 10 innings,” Wylie said.
The Sockeyes lost the second game 7-2 to the California Cubs, a team loaded with college-ready sluggers and hard-throwing pitchers.
“The Alaskans held their own for most of the game versus the talent-laden Cubs,” Wylie said. “Their roster included 10 D1 scholarship players with multiple pitchers in the 90-92 mph range.”
Alaska pitchers included Gage Webster and Jacob Woodall of South Post 4 and Leland Wilson of West Post 1. That’s about as good as it gets in the 907.
Wilson, a lanky lefty, fared the best with didn’t allow a run over his three innings of work.
“Wilson was very impressive on the mound, striking out four with only a single and a walk,” Wylie said. “Following the game there were four or five MLB scouts asking to speak with the young 6-foot-4 southpaw from West.”
Alaska base hits were delivered by East Post 34 all-star Ricky Gatter and Chugiak's terrific trio of Christian Cambridge, Justin Nevells and Frizelle.
This was the first time the Alaskans have been rained out in Arizona in the 15 years Wylie has been taking teams.
The Arizona Senior Fall Classic is a 64-team showcase event.