Juneau, Chugiak, Ohio, Rhode Island make up BP semis

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 29, 2019

BP Invitational

Game 12: Chugiak 13, Service 7

Ian Frizelle hit a three-run bomb in the first inning and finished with four RBIs and DJ Davis went 3-for-3 as the Post 33 Mustangs ran away with a victory to punch their ticket to the semifinals of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Chugiak (13-2) banged out 14 hits with five going for extra bases, including doubles by Trystan Costanios, DJ Davis, Christian Cambridge and Mason Peace.

 

Davis had RBIs in each of his first three at-bats, the first giving the Mustangs a 4-0 lead, then 9-4 and finally 10-5.

 

Frizelle's home run was Chugiak's third in three tournament games. Costanios was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run. Cambridge also scored three times.

 

Service flew out of the gates, with nine of the first 14 batters reaching base as the Post 28 Cougars plated four runs in the first two innings.

 

Josh Smith was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Henry Helgeson finished 2-for-5 and scored twice. Sean Giffen, Carsen Sandau and Kyle Andrew also had RBIs for Service.

 

The tough season continued for Service, but nobody told Chris Duke. The first baseman crashed hard into a fence in foul territory as he chased a pop up. Winners aren't always defined by the scoreboard.

Game 11: Auburn (RI) 10, West 0

Massimo Feroce was masterful over his seven innings of work, needing just 85 pitches to polish off the Post 1 Eagles in a 3-hit shutout to keep his team in the title hunt at the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Feroce threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of 25 batters and was never threatened in a dominating performance.

 

The right-hander worked around three hits and four walks while striking out two and getting a double play behind him.

 

Post 20 Gershkoff pounded out 11 hits, including two doubles from Drew Spirito and one by Evan Smith.

 

Spirito and Nate Poshkus each reached base all four times. Spirito went 2-for-2 to go with a hit by pitch and walk. Poshkus singled three times, walked and drove in two RBIs.

 

The team will play tomorrow in one of two semifinals; the only question will be as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed out of Pool B.

 

Noah Cook had two RBIs and kickstarted a beautiful double play after a nice sliding stop and underhand scoop for the 4-6-3 twin killing.

 

Speaking of double plays, West turned a pair of them, including one to end a nightmarish seventh inning when Rhode Island tacked on five runs.

 

Shortstop Jack Opinsky was in the middle of both double plays and also made a college-level backhanded stab in the hole, but made an errand throw denied him a chance at making arguably the web gem of the tournament.

 

West pitcher Luke Langnes pitched better than his number indicated. They weren't terrible: five runs (three earned) in six innings, but take away a brutal first inning and he pitched well. He was especially sharp in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings when he retired 12 of 15 batters.

Game 10: Napoleon (OH) 9, Dimond 6

Brandon Shafer and Austin Bostater each had two-run base hits in the seventh inning as the Post 300 River Bandits rallied to keep alive their title hopes on Day 3 of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

In a crazy game that featured 18 hits and late-game drama in the outfield, Napoleon was able to battle back from the brink of defeat. A loss dropped them into the consolation pool, a win secured a semifinal berth for the fourth time in four chances since 2013.

 

Trailing 6-5 entering the final frame, the River Bandits saw six of the first seven batters reach base: Axel Shanks walked, Hunter Bostater singled and Zac Bickel doubled, Shafer singled, Austin Lichty singled and Austin Bostater tripled.

 

Napoleon (19-6) has won 11 of 16 games at the BP Invitational in its last four trips.

 

Let's get to the oddities in the outfield. With a haze of smoke hovering over the field due to the Kenai Peninsula wildfire, the ball must have been tough to see because there were several strange plays with guys having a hard time picking it up.

 

Dimond (10-8) tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning when the Napoleon left field and shortstop collided in the outfield going for a high pop up that fell to the grass. Then on the next play, the same two players along with the center fielder surrounded a Luke Smith flyball that dropped in the triangle and allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate.

 

The Post 21 Lynx then went ahead 6-4 on Eric Galosich's RBI single. The River Bandits got one back in the sixth inning after scoring when the Dimond center fielder dropped what looked like a routine fly ball.

 

After Napoleon rallied in the seventh, closer Landon Willeman struck out the side for the save.

Game 9: Juneau 7, Napoleon (OH) 4

Donavin McCurley pitched a complete game and reached base three times, drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to lead the Post 25 Midnight Suns to victory on Day 3 of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

In a back-and-forth game that featured three ties and five lead changes, Juneau took command with a three-run seventh to improve to 3-0 in the tournament and 15-0 overall this summer.

 

McCurley reached after getting hit by a pitch. He moved to second base on Brock McCormick's single. He went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

 

Christian Ludeman added a two-run single to give the Midnight Suns a nice cushion that proved enough for McCurley, who got the winning decison after scattering seven hits and four walks over seven innings.

 

With the win, Juneau secured a spot in Sunday's semifinals.

 

Riley Griffin and Chase Foster added RBIs for Juneau, the two-time defending Alaska state champion.

 

This was just the fifth loss for Napoleon in its last 15 games at the BP Invitational.

 

The Post 300 River Bandits got another big game from big bat Landon Willeman, who finished 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI.

 

Willeman hit a leadoff home run in last night's win and today he led off the game with a double.

 

Zac Brickel went 2-for-4 with a triple and run. Axel Shanks and Christian Peterson also drove in runs for Napoleon, a two-time champion of the BP Invitational.

Game 8: Juneau 7, South 6

The Post 25 Midnight Suns raced out to a big lead and then hung on for dear life, escaping a two-on, two-out jam to end the game in the first contest on Day 3 of the BP Invitational.

 

Juneau banged out 10 hits, including four for extra bases, but it was a defensive play that proved to be the difference at the end when first baseman Christian Ludeman relayed a throw home to gun down a run at the plate to end the inning.

 

The two-time defending Alaska Legion state champion Midnight Suns extended their 14-game winning streak.

 

Ludeman also had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. He was one of three players with two hits.

 

The other two, Brock McCormick and Bobby Cox, each ripped a pair of doubles and combined to score three runs and drive in two more for Juneau (14-0).

 

Cox started at pitcher and earned the win, going six innings and scattering four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Olin Rawson closed it out by the slimmest margin.

 

South Post 4 (10-5) scored all six runs in the final two frames, getting RBIs from a half dozen dudes: Reid Brock, Josh Costello, Josh McGovern, Gunnar Nix and Ivan Keil.

 

Ricky Gatter went 2-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases. Terren Sugita tripled in the fourth inning for his team's first hit of the game.