Matson: Wild's Fischer strikes out 13 in 3-hit shutout

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2020

North Pole 8, Service 0

 

Gavin Fischer was fabulous on the mound as the North Pole Wild pitcher racked up a 3-hit complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts in an 8-0 win over Service in the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

 

Next up, Mulcahy Stadium.

 

The Wild will face South Open on Tuesday morning at Alaska’s most famous stadium, with the winner playing the Palmer Pioneers for the title Wednesday at Mulcahy.

 

Fischer turned in one of the greatest pitching performances in Matson Invitational history.

 

The right-hander retired nine of the final 10 batters and issued zero walks in an effort where he seemed to get stronger the longer the game went.

 

One of the hits he gave up was a double to leadoff hitter Henry Helgeson to start the game. Fischer allowed just two base runners the rest of the way.

 

North Pole broke open a scoreless with a four spot in the third inning.

 

The hitting stars were Alex Garcia (2-3, 3 runs, RBI), Kolten Hall (1-3, 3 RBIs, run) and Dustin Peterson (1-3, 2 RBIs).

 

The Wild are two-time Matson Invitational champions (2014, 2016) and placed third last season.

 

Bartlett 8, Fairbanks 7

 

Moments after saving a run to end the top half of the seventh inning and keep the score tied, the Bartlett Golden Bears beat the Fairbanks 49ers at the Matson Invitational.

 

Connor Sessoms was hit by a pitch to start the home half of the seventh inning. Then he stole second base. Then he scored on Eli Corwin’s game-winning base knock to end the Alliance Baseball League season on a high note.

 

Corwins and Sessoms wreaked havoc all day on Fairbanks pitching, going a combined 4-for-7 with five RBIs. Corwin was 2-4 and drove in three runs while Sessoms was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.

 

Bartlett leadoff hitter Ian Byrd reached base three times on a single and two walks. He also scored two runs, stole two bases and had an RBI.

 

Blake Bacho was 2-for-3 with two runs in support of starting pitcher John Grantier, who allowed two runs over five innings of work.

 

Both teams battled in a game that featured four lead changes. Fairbanks took charge with a four-run second inning to go up 5-2.

 

Chris Luskleet went 3-for-4 with two runs and William Boswood was 2-for-3 for the 49ers.

 

Dylan Swarthout, Gus Jensen, Dominik Moore and Caden Davis each drove in runs for Fairbanks.

 

This was the final game of the season for both teams.