Longest game, homers highlight Day 2 of BP Invitational

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 28, 2019

BP Invitational

Game 7: Napoleon (OH) 5, South 1

Landon Willeman hit a leadoff home run and Hunter Bostater and Brandon Shafer both made big plays down the stretch to push the Post 300 River Bandits to victory in their tournament opener at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Willeman walloped a 3-2 pitch over the wall in his team’s first at-bat of the game to fuel a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. He also scored a run in the fifth inning when Napoleon padded its lead.

 

Bostater’s heads up base running paved the way to a run in the fourth inning that gave the River Bandits the lead for good at 2-1. First, he drew a walk and then he raced all the way to third base on one wild pitch. Later, Bostater scored on Caleb Frank’s beautiful sacrifice bunt to first base.

 

In the fifth inning, Napoleon scored three times to put the game away at 5-1. Nathan Vold was hit by pitch, was bunted to second and moved to third on an error. He scored on a wild pitch. Then Shafer delivered a two-out, two-run single.

 

Napoleon pitchers Christian Petersen (4IP, win) and Daryke Bass (3IP, save) scattered seven hits and two walks and combined for six shutout frames.

 

But South’s Terren Sugita pitched well in defeat. Very well, actually.

 

Mixing pitches like a blender, the crafty right-hander struck out 10 of 26 batters he faced over a six-inning complete game effort.  He allowed only three hits on the night.

 

Sugita gained steam after allowing the leadoff home run as he struck out four of the next five batters before issuing a walk. He had 7Ks in the first 3.1 innings.

 

South's Gunnar Nix drove in his team's lone run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

 

Napoleon’s pitching and defense stepped up in the big moments.

 

In the third, the River Bandits had a caught stealing and strikeout looking on back-to-back pitches. In the fourth, they escaped a bases-loaded no-out jam with a strikeout, groundout and pop up.

Game 6: Auburn (RI) 4, Service 1

Jorge Ramos, Drew Spirito and Noah Cook had RBIs and Evan Smith and Cam Harris combined in a 3-hitter as Post 20 Gershkoff won its first tournament game.

 

Scoreless through the first three innings, Gershkoff got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning after Spirito tripled in a run and scored on Cook's RBI single.

 

Thomas Barbieri led off with a single and came home on Spirito's blast over the center fielder's head to the deepest part of the ballpark. Two pitches later, Cook laced a single to give the Rhode Island team a pump of adrenaline.

 

The team arrived in the early hours this morning before hitting the field in the evening. It took the players a little while for their bats to wake up.

 

But they did in this game.

 

In the very next inning Gershkoff plated two more runs after Andrew Clesas singled, Barbieri walked and Cook walked to load the bases.

 

Enter Ramos, a pinch hitter, who bounced a base hit up the middle to score Clesas and Barbieri and make it 4-0.

 

Smith, a solid southpaw, and Harris, a rocket right-hander, shut it down on the mound.

 

Smith went the first 5.1 innings with six strikeouts before Harris sealed the deal with a save after fanning all four batters he faced, including a perfect seventh when he struck out the side on nine pitches.

 

Service's Sean Giffen doubled and scored on Andrew Jaidinger's single with two outs in the sixth inning. Giffen also pitched the first three innings and struck out three.

Game 5: Chugiak 4, Auburn (RI) 1

Christian Cambridge and Trystan Costanios each homered in the first inning to power the Post 33 Mustangs over Post 20 Gershkoff of Rhode Island on Day 2 of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

After just 16 pitches Chugiak led 3-0 after Cambridge crushed a two-run dinger and one out later Costanios hammered a solo shot.

 

All of this just minutes after the Mustangs wrapped up a 10-inning 3-3 tie with West in a game that matched the BP Invitational record for the longest in tournament history. It was called after the 2-hour, 15-minute time limit.

 

If they were tired, they didn’t show it.

 

Chugiak starter Sam Hall went the distance, throwing a 4-hitter in just 90 pitches. He walked two and struck out three.

 

Rhode Island starter Andrew Clesas also pitched a complete game, needing 105 pitches and bouncing back nicely from that rough welcome-to-Alaska first inning.

 

Clesas retired 11 of the next 12 batters to keep his team in the game. He didn’t give up another hit until the fifth inning.

 

In that fifth inning, Gershkoff flashed some delightful defense.

 

First, third baseman Drew Spirito went to the turf to field a grounder and from his knees threw out a runner at the plate to save a run. Then shortstop Noah Cook turned an unassisted double play to end the inning.

 

In the bottom of the fifth, Clesas singled in Nate Poshkus for Rhode Island’s lone run.

 

Chugiak tacked on an insurance run in the seventh after Mason Peace and Garrett Nevells hit back-to-back singles, followed by Justin Nevells’ base knock that glanced off the glove of the shortstop.

 

Game 4: Chugiak 3, West 3 tie

 

Tied for the longest game in BP Invitational history, the teams played 10 innings and settled for a tie after reaching the 2-hour, 15-minute time limit on Day 2 of the tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Pitching and defense were the theme of the day, but not necessarily in that order.

 

West substitute left fielder Sam Brandeberry saved the day for the Post 1 Eagles with a great grab with the bases loaded to end the top of the 10th inning.

 

In the sixth inning, both teams saved runs. In the top half, West shortstop Jack Opinsky threw out a runner at the plate. In the bottom half, Chugiak right fielder made a diving catch with a runner in scoring position to end the inning.

 

The pitching was spotless as neither team scored for the final five frames.

 

Chugiak's Ian Frizelle (7IP) and Justin Nevells (3IP) combined for 10 strikeouts and held West to three hits and one run over the last nine innings for the Post 33 Mustangs.

 

West’s Quinn Bates-Janigo (6IP) and Max Fink (4IP) danced around more base runners but in the end were just as effective.

 

In 2014, South Post 4 and Columbia (TN) Post 19 played to a 4-4 tie in 10 innings.

 

Game 3: Juneau 9, Dimond 2

 

Bobby Cox and Donavin McCurley each handled double duty to help the Post 25 Midnight Suns power past the Post 21 Lynx on Day 2 of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Cox doubled, tripled and finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and run at the plate. He also pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

 

McCurley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. He started the game and pitched 2.2 shutout innings.

 

Four pitchers combined to limit Dimond to just two base hits.

 

Luis Mojica went 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Riley Griffin was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Gabe Storie and Brock McCormick also had RBIs for Juneau (1-0 BP, 13-0 overall).

 

Alex Bruce and Matt Thompson delivered hits for Dimond (1-1 BP, 10-7 overall).

 

Bruce tripled and scored and Thompson had an RBI. Luke Smith also scored.