Matson:South Opens beats North Pole to reach title game

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2020

Isaac Johnson pitched six strong innings and Reece Ivanoff delivered run-scoring base hits in the first and fifth innings as South Open beat North Pole 6-3 in the semifinals of the Matson Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

The Wolverines built an early 3-0 lead and then tacked on runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to hold off a Wild team that brought the tying run to the plate in the last of the seventh inning.

 

Oliver Brown recorded the save after working around a double and walk.

 

With the win, South advanced to Wednesday’s title game against top-seeded and undefeated Palmer. The championship game is at 10 a.m., with the if-necessary scheduled for 1:30 p.m. It all goes down at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Playing in the stadium is a big deal and guys like Johnson and Ivanoff and North Pole’s Chase Reed showed out.

 

Johnson allowed three hits, two walks and three runs, although only one was earned. He threw strikes and trusted his defense with 11 groundball outs, including a 6-4-3 double play in the second inning.

 

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Ivanoff finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. He ripped a single in the second inning and crushed a double din the fifth inning.

 

Conner Lowe also had two RBIs for South and Brown and Kellen Curtis each had one RBI.

 

This was a different North Pole team than the one that got beat up 16-2 by South Open in the first round of the tournament.

 

Reed wasn’t having that.

 

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The do-everything all-star had a player-of-the-game type performance as he did everything he could hitting and pitching to extend his team’s season.

 

Reed went 3-for-4 with a double and run. He ripped his extra-base hit in the seventh with his team facing its final out. It was indicative to his will-to-win performance.

 

Reed also pitched, entering the game in relief and throwing beautifully in an ugly situation.  He struck out seven in 5.2 innings, with only two earned runs crossing the plate.

 

Gavin Fisher went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Wyatt Kammer also drove in a run.