Matson: Eagle River, Wasilla remain unbeaten
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2018
Game 8: Wasilla 2, Palmer 1
It had all the makings of a rivalry game. Big game, tournament setting, loud crowd cheering both sides.
Mat-Su Valley bragging rights were at stake as the Post 35 Road Warriors and Post 15 Pioneers were meeting in a pivotal game for the third time this season - Palmer won at the Todd Ryan; Wasilla won the only league meeting.
The first two games were blowouts – but this one was an instant classic.
With his team down to its last out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Clayton Boyett went into hero mode as he singled, stole second and then raced home with the winning run to lift Wasilla to a wild walkoff win in the winner’s bracket in the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.
The game featured huge hits – like Palmer’s Zach Satterly game-tying home run in the sixth inning – and precise pitching – with Wasilla's Balau Buckmaster and Palmer's Trace Severson both going the distance.
Buckmaster got the win as he retired nine of the first 10 batters on his way to a 4-hitter with seven strikeouts. Severson carried a perfect game into the fourth inning and had only one hiccup in the fourth inning when he allowed three hits, including an RBI single from Wasilla’s James Arend.
Palmer 000 001 0 - 1 4 3
Wasilla 000 100 1 - 2 6 0
Palmer - Severson and Ryan. Wasilla - Buckmaster and Arend. W - Buckmaster. L - Severson. 2B - Nelson (P). 3B - None. HR - Satterly (P).
Game 7: Eagle River 6, East 3
Sterling Retzlaff, Chase McGraw and Christian Frederick combined for a 4-hitter but it didn't come easy as they danced around baserunners en route to doubling up the Post 34 T-birds in the winner's bracket of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.
Frederick earned the rare eight-out save, retiring the final five batters he faced.
Damien Frederick delivered a two-out, two-run single in the third inning to cap a four-run rally that helped the Wolves take control.
McGraw reached base all four times.
East put eight runners in scoring position on a combination of hits, walks and hit by pitch, but seldom cashed in.
Zack Barnhart came to play, doubling and scoring in the third inning and walking and later scoring in the fifth inning.
East pulled within 4-3 in the fifth inning when Jonny Earhart touched home.
East 001 020 0 - 3 4 2
Eagle River 004 020 x - 6 7 2
East - White, Solberg (4), Carle (6) and Earhart. Eagle River - Retzlaff, McGraw (4), C. Frederick (5) and Witte. W - Retzlaff. L - White. S - C. Frederick. 2B - Barnhart (E), Retzlaff (ER), Gray (ER), McGraw (ER). 3B - None. HR - None.
Game 6: Fairbanks 6, Bartlett 0
London Emerson had it all working as he struck out 12 batters and got a double play behind him to highlight a scoreless outing for the Post 11 49ers that staved off eliminatin in the 5th ALB Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.
Emerson fanned seven of the first nine batters he faced to set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
He faced few baserunners and only twice Bartlett got a player to third base. Emerson allowed only two hits.
Pearson Clark, Issac Roehl and Kaleb McWilliams each had two hits and combined for five RBIs.
Bartlett's Taylor McCart pitched a complete-game 7-hitter with five strikeouts.
Drake Hughes and Harry Weigle got base knocks for the Bears.
Bartlett 000 000 0 - 0 2 1
Fairbanks 022 200 x - 6 7 0
Bartlett - McCart and Lambert. Fairbanks - Emerson, Jensen (7) and Troppmann. W - Emerson. L - McCart. 2B - None. 3B - None. HR - None.
Game 5: Ketchikan 15, North Pole 5
Wyatt Barajas doubled and homered, and Liam Kiffer tripled as two Post 3 King Salmon players combined for 7 RBIs and extended their team's season by winning the loser-out game at Bartlett High School.
Barajas drilled an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third inning.
Kiffer reached base four times on three-run triple and three walks, including on with the bases loaded.
Ketchikan banged out 10 hits and took advantage of 13 base on balls to put constant pressure on North Pole pitchers.
The King Salmon struck for eight runs in the third inning.
North Pole's Chase Reed went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Josh Smith batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.
The Wild are two-time champions of the Matson Invitational.
Ketchikan won last year's title and is now still alive for this year's title run.
North Pole 101 300 - 5 6 1
Ketchikan 308 301 - 15 10 2
North Pole - Williams, Reed (1), Garcia (3) and Smith. Ketchikan - Kiffer, McGarrigan (3), Stack (4), Slick (5) and Schultz. W - Stack. L - Williams. 2B - Reed (NP), Kemble (K), Barajas (K). 3B - Kiffer (K). HR - Barajas (K).