Dimond hits a Wall as Juneau pitcher highlights 4-2 win
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2017
65th ALB State Tournament
Juneau 4, Dimond 2 - elimination game
Phillip Wall went the distance and pitched the top-seeded Post 25 Midnight Suns to a season-saving victory over the Post 21 Lynx in an elimination game at Mulcahy Stadium.
The right-hander carried a shutout into the eighth inning and walked only one in a complete game effort. He allowed eight hits and two runs, getting a ground out with two runners on to end the game.
Dimond starter Kyler Maisey was just as sharp on the mound as the righty held hard-hitting Juneau to just one hit over five-plus frames.
He gave up all four runs, but two were unearned and he never gave up more than one run per inning.
Juneau’s speed was too much to overcome. The Midnight Suns [25-3] are probably the most lethal team on the bases and that element played to pivotal in each of their four runs.
Zeb Storie was a key component in helping Juneau manufacture runs in each of the first and third innings. Both times he led off with a walk.
The first time he stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a ground out. The second time he went first to third on a base hit and scored on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Finn Collins reached second base on an error, stole third and scored on a ground out.
Bobby Cox and Alex Muir combined to give Juneau a 4-0 lead in the seventh inning after Cox reached on an error, stole second and scored on Muir’s double.
Even trailing 4-0, and playing shorthanded, fifth-seeded Dimond didn’t quit.
In the eighth, the Lynx loaded the bases and scored runs on Sean Carey’s single – one of his three hits – and Jesse Boese’s fielder’s choice.
Dimond’s Kaden Roettger delivered base hits in both the eighth and ninth innings, including a two-out double in the last frame to put two runners in scoring position and give his team a chance to tie the game in its final at-bat.
In the end, the Lynx hit a Wall.
Dimond saw its season end at 23-18. Juneau advanced to Saturday’s 3 p.m. game against South, a 6-3 winner in the late game.