Matson: Guggenmos, Alley lift Palmer into title game

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 26, 2020

Matson Invitational

Palmer 7, South Open 6

 

Luke Guggenmos scored the winning run with two outs in the sixth inning and relief pitcher Ben Alley recorded the final five outs, ending the game with a strikeout as Palmer beat South Open 7-6 to advance to the title game of the Matson Invitational.

 

The top-seeded Pioneers needed to score three times in the sixth inning to go back ahead in a winner's bracket game that featured four lead changes.

 

Guggenmos reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second base on a single by Brady Shults and then went to third base on a single by Brayden Methven. He scored on a wild pitch to put Palmer up 7-6.

 

Palmer will next play Wednesday at Mulcahy Stadium. There are still three others teams (North Pole, Service, South Open) still in the title hunt.

 

North Pole and Service will play a loser-out game Monday, with the winner playing South Open Tuesday to see who will play Palmer for the Matson championship Wednesday.

 

The title game will start at 10 a.m., with the if-necessary game at 1:30 p.m. at Mulcahy.

 

Alley was brought in as a relief pitcher in the sixth inning and walked to the first guy he faced to load the bases.

 

With one out, he gave up a fly ball that scored a run but the Pioneers got an out at second base to end the inning.

 

Alley also went 1-for-3 with two RBIs as seven different Palmer players banged out base hits. Shults and Sam Miller had RBIs.

 

South Open took a 4-2 lead in the third inning on RBI base hits by Grayson Shaw, AJ Sawicki and Reece Ivanoff.

 

In the sixth, South Open took a 6-4 lead on RBIs by Oliver Brown and Shaw.

 

Palmer scored twice in the second inning, getting one on a bases-loaded balk. Alley’s run-scoring double in the third inning tied the game at 4-4.

 

There was no score in the fourth and fifth innings before fireworks went off in a wild sixth inning.

 

Service 6, Bartlett 2

 

Service’s Sam Maudsley outdueled Bartlett’s Taylor McCart in a well-pitched game that took only 1 hour, 33 minutes to complete at Bartlett High School.

 

The Cougars prevailed 6-2 on the strength of Henry Helgeson’s bat, with the veteran outfielder going 2-for-4 and crushing his second home run of the tournament.

 

Maudsley and McCart both threw complete games and both had to get several extra outs because of errors that extended innings.

 

Maudsley scattered eight hits and struck out seven while also firing five shutout frames. McCart scattered seven hits and two walks while tossing three shutout innings.

 

Service’s Owen Hickman and Coen Niclai drove in runs, and Sean Giffen and Mason Bartley scored two runs.

 

Bartlett’s Eli Corwin went 2-for-3 and Luke Helgeson had an RBI and made a couple nice plays in left field.

 

Ian Byrd and Connor Sessoms scored runs, and Blake Bacho and Sessoms stroked back-to-back triples in the third inning.