National All-Stars combine for 3-hitter, beat Legends 4-0
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 21, 2020
Pitching and defense was the winning recipe and the young guys ate it up.
Seven Alliance Baseball League pitchers combined for a 3-hitter and Dimond’s Ryan Henrickson scored the first two runs as the National Division All-Stars beat the Legion Legends 4-0 at Mulcahy Stadium.
West’s Leland Wilson, Chugiak's Zach Cole, North Pole's Alex Garcia and Gavin Fischer, Dimond's Jeremiah Eneix, Juneau's Brock McCormick and Wasilla's Jacob Gilbert combined for the shutout.
Wilson, Cole, Eneix and Gilbert worked 1-2-3 innings and McCormick escaped a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth inning before Chugiak shortstop Justin Nevells made the defensive play of the night.
With runners at first and second, former South star Max Costello looped one to short, where Nevells lunged to make the catch and then full-on dived to tag out another former South star in Parker Johnson.
Henrickson was the first Alliance All-Star to reach base when he walked in the third inning. He went to third base on an error and scored the game’s first run on an infield single by West’s Shawn Jones
In the fifth inning, Hendrickson led off with a single went to second base after Garcia was hit by a pitch. He scored on an RBI single to left field by Nevells to make it 2-0. Credit Hendrickson for getting a good jump and good read on the ball to beat the throw home by a step.
Nevells made it 3-0 that same inning after racing home during a rundown with Jones, who did his job by surviving and extending the rundown long enough to give Nevells time to book it home.
In the sixth inning, Dimond’s Zach Jenkins singled and later scored on Garcia’s bases-loaded walk. That made it 4-0.
Pitching and defense dominated, with a bunch of goose eggs and three double plays. The Legends turned pair of twin killings, including a nice Johnson-Nick Ridley turn in the fourth inning that helped Wasilla’s James Arend wiggle out of two-on, no-out jam.
Former East southpaw Anton Maxwell pitched the first two innings and straight up dominated. The former Pac-10 star from Oregon State had two strikeouts and two comebackers.
But maybe the best two pitching performances were by young guns Wilson and Gilbert.
Wilson, the lanky lefty out of West who is headed to Texas Tech University, retired three Cook Inlet Conference Players of the Decade for the 2010s – a modern day murder’s row of Adam Manzer, Willy Homza and Jonny Homza.
Wilson got a groundout and back-to-back Ks looking.
Gilbert, a hard-throwing righty out of Wasilla who is headed to Iowa Lakes Community College finished the game with a filthy seventh. He changed arm angles, mixed up speeds and went strikeout, groundout, strikeout to seal the deal.
Twice, Gilbert sat down batters on three pitches. Good morning, good afternoon and good night.
The Alliance American Division All-Stars will face these same Legion Legends on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.
National Division All-Stars 4, Legion Legends 0
Manzer 1-3 double
Johnson 1-2 walk
Hull 0-0 walk, stolen base
Nevells 1-4 run, RBI, 2 stolen bases
Jones 1-3 RBI
Murphy 1-1 run
Jenkins 1-1 run walk
Bull 0-2 walk
Henrickson 1-1 2 runs, 2 walks
Garcia 0-0 RBI walk hit by pitch
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