Matson Invitational Day 3 coverage: All 3 games
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2019
Game 13 Ketchikan 7, Service 1
Hayden McGarrigan pitched a 2-hitter over 6.2 innings to help the Kings clinch a spot in the tournament championship game on Tuesday, earning a day off in the process. Read more at alaskalegion.com
McGarrigan walked five and struck out three before coming out after reaching the 105-pitch limit.
Ketchikan (17-14) got RBIs from Liam Kiffer, Wyatt Barajas, Tug Olson, Korbin Stack and Carstens Jasper.
Terik Brown and Kiffer had two hits. Gabe Bowlen scored twice.
Ketchikan is in the Matson title game for the third time since the tournament was created in 2014.
Service (11-20) was led by Andrew Jaidinger, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Not only did Jaidinger have his team's only hit but he drove in his team's only run. Hutton Stiles scored the one run.
Kyle Andrew didn't pitch that poorly. He scattered eight hits and allowed seven runs, but five were unearned.
Ketchikan has a potent lineup that can wear down defenses. The Kings crushed three extra-base hits with Bowlen and Olson hitting doubles and Kiffer hitting a triple.
Game 12 North Pole 5, East 3
Gavin Fischer, Alexander Kazense, Hunter Merideth and Wyatt Kammer each had base hits in the sixth inning that contributed to a three-run rally that catapulted the Wild to a come-from-behind win in a loser-out game.
Merideth and Kammer had RBI singles and Kazense scored on a passed ball as North Pole erased a 3-2 deficit.
Alex Garcia pitched 6.1 innings and earned the win, striking out nine batters in the process. Dustin Peterson closed it out for the Wild (11-17).
North Pole had six hits in the game, with four coming in the pivotal sixth inning.
The Wild will play Monday. Opponent and time TBD.
East got a good start from Ian Carle and two RBIs from Patrick Leshan.
The Post 34 T-birds led 3-0 through three innings. Carle allowed only one hit but walked four during his four innings of work, during which he didn't allow an earned run.
Gavin Oakley went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Chase Solberg also scored a run.
East finished the season 7-23.
Game 11 Eagle River 4, Fairbanks 1
Braden Olmstead, Orazio Ramos, Stefan Retzlaff and Noah Lower pitched a combined 3-hitter and together tallied six hits, three RBIs and two runs in a loser-out game in the tournament.
Lower went 3-for-3 with a double, run and stolen base. He also pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
Olmstead, Ramos and Retzlaff each had RBIs. Ryan Gray had a base hit and scored a run for Eagle River (9-22).
The Eagle River pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.
Fairbanks (10-19) was eliminated from the tournament.
Andrew Troppmann went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
Isaac Roehl went 1-for-3 and Shaun Conwell scored his team's lone run in the seventh inning.