South, West, Minnesota, Tennessee advance to semifinals
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 7, 2018
Game 12: Dimond 4, West 3
Josh Knowlton tripled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning to set up the winning run that led Post 21 to its first win at the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.
Knowlton showed off his opposite-field power by hammering the second pitch he saw into the right centerfield gap and then on the jets to make it all the way to third base without a throw.
Pinch-runner Jacob Lick scored the winning run on a wild pitch on a close play at the plate.
Dimond (16-7) improved to 1-2 in the tournament.
With his team trailing by a run in the sixth inning, Luke Smith led off with a single and went to second on a sac bunt by Zach Jenkins. Smith later scored on an error to tie the game at 3-3.
West dropped to 1-2 in the tournament but advanced to Sunday’s semifinals as a result of winning a three-way tiebreaker with Dimond and Service.
Thomas Zettler and Sam Lebo each drove in runs as West took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Post 1 banged out nine hits, with Revy Mack leading the way with a 2-for-4 effort. Carter Stolp went 1-for-3 and scored two runs.
Starter Max Fink allowed just two hits and one run over his four innings of work.
West 000 102 0 - 3 9 3
Dimond 001 011 1 - 4 6 1
West - Fink, Nunez (5), Zettler (6) and Nunez, Langnes (5). Dimond - Coplin, Straw (7) and Dolan. W - Straw. L - Zettler. 2B - None. 3B - Lebo (W), Knowlton (D). HR - None.
Game 11: South 7, Lone Peak (UT) 5
Lian Lincoln, Gage Webster and Jimmy McGovern each reached base three times as Post 4 pounded out 14 hits to secure a spot in the semifinals of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.
This was South’s second win against a Lower 48 team in as many days under manager Mike Webster.
Lincoln singled three times and scored. Webster singled, doubled, walked, scored and drove in a run. McGovern tripled, singled twice and finished with three RBIs.
Reid Brock went 2-for-4 with an RBI and got the win out of the bullpen after throwing four scoreless innings.
South (15-7) is now tied for the state lead for most victories on the season.
Lone Peak jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning after Matt Barney, Ryder Christensen and Trey Gambill all reached base and scored.
Barney, the leadoff hitter, hit a double (his team’s only extra-base hit) and later raced home on a wild pitch.
Lone Peak's Tanner Nielson went 3-for-3. Karsten Hatch and Ethan Lamb each had RBIs.
The Utah team showed some real love for the glove and turned four double plays.
South 041 100 1 - 7 14 0
Lone Peak (UT) 300 200 0 - 5 6 2
South - Sugita, Brock (4) and Costello. Lone Peak - Wood, Thomas (4), Lamb (7) and Nielson. W - Brock. L - Wood. 2B - Webster (S), Lincoln (S), Barney (LP). 3B - McGovern (S). HR - None.
Game 10: Columbia (TN) 9, Lone Peak (UT) 8
Ethan Mealer drove in the tying run and later came around to score the winning run to cap a wild five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh as Columbia kept alive its title chances in the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.
A loss would have eliminated the Tennessee team from championship contention and it looked likely as Columbia entered the final inning trailing 8-4.
But Columbia strung together five straight hits by Will McCall, Matt Joslin, Andy Hale, Dillan Saunders and Mealer. Hale hammered an RBI double and Saunders ripped a two-run triple to get within 8-7.
Mealer drilled the first pitch he saw to tie it. He advanced to second when Nathan Massey was hit by a pitch and scored when the Lone Peak shortshop misplayed JT Hamilton’s groundball to allow Mealer to score.
McCall finished 3-for-3 and led off the rally with an infield single.
Columbia improved to 2-1 in the tournament and advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.
The Utah team erased an early two-run deficit with a six-run second inning to take control. Or so it seemed.
The Misfits got two hits apiece from Trey Gambill, Karsten Hatch, Cade Walker and Tanner Nielson. They also combined for four RBIs.
Connor Thomas tripled and Ryder Christensen doubled for the Utah extra-base hits.
Utah fell to 1-1 in the tournament.
Lone Peak (UT) 061 010 0 - 8 11 2
Columbia (TN) 201 010 5 - 9 10 2
Lone Peak - Bean, Cannon (6), Lomeli (7) and Thomas. Columbia - Kennedy, South (5) and Massey. W - South. L - Cannon. 2B - Christensen (LP), Hale (C), Joslin (C). 3B - Thomas (LP), Saunders (C). HR - None.
Game 9: Columbia (TN) 9, Chugiak 0
Brock Young was masterful on the mound and Post 19 came out with purpose to punish the ball one day after losing for the first time in the BP Invitational.
Columbia scored in each of the first four innings to build an 8-0 lead, which Young easily protected.
The left-hander retired 15 of the first 18 batters and one point he struck out four of five hitters.
Columbia is now 5-1 on its tournament tour in Alaska, 1-1 in the BP Invitational.
Last night, Post 19 suffered a 2-1 loss to South Post 4 to snap the team's 15-game unbeaten streak dating to 2012.
Dillan Saunders went 3-for-4 with two runs score and two runs batted in.
Will McCall, Andy Hale and Ethan Mealer each had two hits.
Christian Cambridge had two of his team's six hits and relief pitcher Sam Hall allowed just one earned run in three innings of work.
Chugiak dropped to 1-2 in the tournament.
Chugiak 000 000 0 - 0 6 4
Columbia (TN) 241 101 x - 9 10 0
Chugiak - G.Nevells, Hall (4) and Costanios. Columbia - Young and Brock. W - Young. L - G.Nevells. 2B - Costanios (Ch), Saunders (Co), Hale (Co), Brock (Co). 3B - McCall (Co). HR - None.
Game 8: Excelsior (MN) 17, Service 0
Cameron Smrekar and Ian Masui each had two hits and three RBIs as Post 259 rolled in a mercy-rule game shortened to five innings to open Day 3 of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.
Starter Andy Andresen threw a 4-hit shutout with five strikeouts.
Joel Thimsen and Ike Fuecker each had two RBIs for Excelsior, which improved to 3-0 in the tournament and 8-2 on its tournament tour in Alaska.
Excelsior is guaranteed spot in Sunday’s semifinals.
Chris Malagodi went 2-for-3 for Service, which fell to 1-2 in the tournament.
Service 000 00 - 0 4 1
Excelsior (MN) 980 0x - 17 10 0
Service - Jaidinger, Coats (1), Andrew (3) and Malagodi. Excelsior - Anderson and Masui. W - Anderson. L - Jaidinger. 2B - Smrekar (E), Hanson (E). 3B - None. HR - None.