Ohio walks off Chugiak, advances to BP Invitational final
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 30, 2019
Semifinal: Napoleon (OH) 1, Chugiak 0
Dakota Benner's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Zac Brickel with the winning run as the Post 300 River Bandits walked off the Post 33 Mustangs in a fantastic finish in the second semifinal of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.
Two previous times in the game Napoloen had a runner thrown out at the plate, including earlier in the seventh, but this time the River Bandits got the run across. But it was bang-bang.
With the win, Napoleon (18-9) reached its first BP Invitational championship game since 2013. The River Bandits are 12-5 in its last 17 games in the tournament, but lost in the semifinals in 2015 and 2017.
Napoleon will play for the BP Invitational title against Gershkoff Post 20 of Auburn, Rhode Island, at 6 p.m. ADT.
Watch the game live at www.alaskalegion.com.
Two-way terror Landon Willeman of Napoleon was his usual terrific self, racking up 11 strikeouts at pitcher and going 2-for-3 at the plate. He is now 7-for-13 on the weekend.
Willeman, a rocket right-hander, struck out seven of the first 14 batters he faced. In the fifth, he walked the bases loaded and then escaped with two Ks and a groundout.
Chugiak (13-3) didn't much offensively, but kept the game close with some glove love.
Defense was the difference for the Mustangs, who turned a double play to end the first, got a beautiful snag at the hot corner from Mason Peace and threw two runners at the plate, one by center fielder Christian Cambridge and one by pitcher Garrett Nevells.
Nevells pitched well in a hard-to-swallow defeat. He must have felt like he pitched well enough to win. And on most days, his effort would have been.
The crafty right-hander allowed four hits and one walk and was around the zone all day, enducing soft contact most of the time.
In addition to making plays on defense, Cambridge (2-for-3) and Nevells (1-for-2) accounted for all three hits for Chugiak. Sam Hall walked twice.