Wasilla beats Eagle River to cap 5-0 Matson title run
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 31, 2018
Title Game: Wasilla 8, Eagle River 3
Jacob Gilbert went 3-for-4 to highlight his team’s 11-hit attack as the Post 35 Road Warriors capped a 5-0 record by beating the Wolves in the championship game of the 5th ALB Matson Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.
Dawson White went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Kendell Ruta was 2-for-4 with two runs. White was joined by Ben Werner, James Arend and Taylon Ottinger all drove in runs in the RBI Club.
Wasilla (22-11) took the lead for good in the third inning with a four-run frame.
That was plenty of support the pitching staff needed as Austin Robertson and Nolan Murphy combined on a 4-hitter, with only one run being earned. Roberton started and struck out seven batters in 4.2 innings. Murphy came on in the fifth inning and sealed the deal with 2.1 innings of shutout relief.
Eagle River's Ryan Gray, Chase McGraw, Daniel Bodine and Aaron Davis each had base hits. Bodine collected the team's lone RBI.
Wasilla won its five tournament games by a combined 39-16 margin – flexing its top-seeded muscle.
Gilbert earned Matson Invitational Most Valuable Player honors after leading the tournament with nine hits, seven RBIs and a .600 batting average. Twice, he drove in three RBIs in one game. He also pitched 5.2 innings and had a 2.47 ERA.
Eagle River 100 020 0 - 3 4 6
Wasilla 014 102 x - 8 11 3
Eagle River - Retzlaff, C. Frederick (3) and C. Frederick, McGraw (3). Wasilla - Robertson, Murphy (5) and Arend. W - Robertson. L - C. Frederick. 2B - None. 3B - None. HR - None.
Matson Invitational Awards
Isaac Roehl, Fairbanks Post 11
On Day 3 of the tournament, this right-handed pitcher pitched a shutout when his team needed it most. He needed only 77 pitches for his 7-inning complete game and allowed only five hits and zero walks as his team won the game 1-0.
Damien Frederick, Eagle River
This steady second baseman is fundamentally sound and showed love for the glove with flawless defense and a 1.000 fielding percentage on 10 total chances, including one double play.
Zack Satterly, Palmer Post 15
At 6-1, 230 pounds, he walks softly and carries a big bat. He hit the tournament’s only home run and finished second in the tournament with a .583 batting average. He had 11 total bases in four games and scored four runs, including the game-winner against Ketchikan.
Jacob Gilbert, Wasilla Post 35
He hit in the middle of the lineup and was productive all five days of tournament action – never taking a day off. Twice, he had 3 RBIs in one game. He led the entire tournament with 7 RBIs, 9 base hits and a .600 batting average. He also pitched 5.2 innings and had a 2.47 ERA.