Layton (UT) beats Wasilla 6-0 in NWCART title game
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 13, 2019
Alaska will have to wait another year for one of its team to win the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament.
Utah’s Cameron Day made sure of that.
The Layton Post 87 right-hander racked up 15 strikeouts and pitched a 1-hit masterpiece in a 6-0 win over Wasilla Post 35 in the tournament championship game in Cody, Wyoming.
This was the first time an Alaska team had reached the NWCART title game.
Layton (21-11) won three elimination games in two days, beating Burley (ID) 3-2 earlier in the day and sweeping Wasilla after winning today and 14-3 last night.
There’s no shame in a second-place showing for Wasilla, which earned the best-ever NWCART finish for an Alaska team. South Post 4 finished third in 2013.
Wasilla (32-10) put together one of the greatest seasons in Alaska Legion Baseball history as the Road Warriors became the first team to win three games at a regional tournament and reach a regional championship game.
A tip of the cap to manager Ken Ottinger and his staff and players.
Utah made the title game tough for Wasilla with Day on the mound. The 6-foot-2 all-state pitcher retired nine of the first 10 batters, had a hiccup in the fourth inning and then sat down the final 11 batters in order.
Wasilla’s Clayton Boyett had his team’s lone base hit in that fourth inning when Jacob Gilbert was also hit by a pitch. The Road Warriors had two baserunners reach with no outs, but Day danced out of trouble with a fielder’s choice and back-to-back strikeouts.
Day carried that momentum through the end of the game with three consecutive 1-2-3 innings. He threw a total of 100 pitches.
Wasilla pitched Kyle Graham one inning and Austin Robertson six innings. Only four of the runs they surrendered were earned as the defense made four errors behind them. But errors didn’t cost the Road Warriors.
Utah showed out in the title game, hitting two runs and getting a 1-hit pitching gem. Layton won its final five tournament games and came into the title game riding a ton of momentum after winning earlier in the day.
Wasilla played brilliantly all week, mixing pinpoint pitching from Boyett and Gilbert with an outstanding offense that featured home runs from Clancey O’Donnell, Graham and Balau Buckmaster and Graham’s 12 RBIs.
In 2020, the NWCART will be held at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The NWCART was last held in Alaska in 2014 when Juneau Post 25 finished fourth.