Matson Invitational Day 1 coverage: All 5 games

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 26, 2019

Matson Invitational

Game 5 Ketchikan 10, South Open 0

Korbin Stack drove in two runs and Azariah Schultz and Tug Olson each had two hits for the Post 3 Kings.

 

Ketchikan scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second and four more in the third inning to squeeze all of the air out of the game.

 

Carstens Jasper, Liam Kiffer and Hayden McGarrigan also drove in runs for the Kings (15-15).

 

Kiffer and McGarrigan combined on the 2-hitter over five innings.

 

James Nordlund scored a pair of runs for Ketchikan, the 2017 Matson champs.

 

South Open's Reece Ivanoff and Curtis Hebert collected the team's only two base knocks.

 

Game 4 North Pole 6, Fairbanks 3

After losing three out of four games against their archrival in the regular season, the Post 30 Wild earned ultimate bragging rights by winning their postseason meeting.

 

Gavin Fischer threw a 4-hit complete game with eight strikeouts. He overcame four hits and six walks.

 

Fischer also delivered the game's only extra-base hit with a double and drove in a run as well.

 

The Wild strung together 12 hits, with Alex Staker, Alex Garcia, Dustin Peterson and Kolten Hall each collecting at least two apiece.

 

Garcia and Peterseon scored two runs. Ethan Wolfe had a pair of RBIs.

 

North Pole (10-16) won the Matson championship in 2014 and 2016.

 

Fairbanks (9-18) got RBIs from Isaac Roehl, Dylan Swarthout and Joshua Bronson.

 

Andrew Troppman, Travis Moore and Jacob Angaiak scored runs for the Post 11 49ers, who scored all three runs in the fifth inning.

 

Game 3 Service 11, Kodiak 10

In a game that came down to the wire, Henry Helgeson drove in three runs and recorded a save and Nathaniel Cole turned a game-ending double play as the Post 28 Cougars survived Game 3 of the tournament.

 

Helgeson went 2-for-4, Hutton Stiles went 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs and the winning decision as a relief pitcher.

 

The game saw both teams score five runs in the fourth inning.

 

Josh Smith scored three times and Sean Giffen had a base hit, walk, sac bunt, two runs and two RBIs.

 

Service (10-19) is 9-2 in its last 11 games to rebound from a 1-17 start.

 

Kodiak brought out the big sticks, with Jack Malloy and Chase Good doubling and Dylan Wynn smacking a triple.

 

Good drove in 4 RBIs, Malloy finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Wynn had 2 RBIs.

 

Anders Hocum scored three times for the Post 17 Bears (5-26).

 

Game 2 Eagle River 5, East 4

Noah Lower's two-out single scored Braden Olmstead with the winning run as the Wolves walked off on the Post 34 Thunderbirds in Game 2 of the tournament.

 

Eagle River scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Wolves beat East at the Matson Invitational for the third consecutive year.

 

Lower finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Olmstead and Stefan Retzlaf each had two hits for the Wolves (8-21).

 

Four Eagle River pitchers combined on a 5-hitter.

 

East's Jonny Earhart, Chase Solberg and Zack Barnhart had RBIs for East.

 

Earhart and Solberg also scored runs, along with Bryce Erichson and Daniel Mokom.

 

The T-birds (5-21) led 1-0 and 4-2 before the game slipped away.

 

Game 1 South Open 7, Bartlett 1

Lucas Wilkins and Conner Lowe each collected 2 RBIs and pitcher Luke Ivanoff threw a complete game 5-hitter in Game 1 of the tournament.

 

Ivanoff scattered five hits and four walks while striking out three batters. He carried a shutout into the seventh inning.

 

South Open (11-9) scored one or two runs in each of the first four innings.

 

Joey Serra singled, walked, stole a base and scored twice and Madduz Soland went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.

 

Bartlett’s Sawyer Bryner drove in his team's lone run and pitched six innings.

 

Only three of the six runs he surrendered were earned. He also drew two walks at the plate.

 

Connor Sessoms went 2-for-4 with a stolen base for the Bears (2-27).