New-look ABA Sockeyes showcase new era in Arizona

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 14, 2017

Most of the names are different, but representing the Alaska Baseball Academy Sockeyes still brings out the best in these local ballplayers.


Some of the best Alaska Legion players from the state are part of the travel team participating in the Arizona Senior Fall Classic, a 70-team event that draws hundreds of college recruiters and dozens of MLB scouts.


After dropping the first game, the Alaskans edged a team from southern California 3-2 behind the batting of Service’s Cooper Bailey-Parsons and pitching of West’s Chris Crespo.


Bailey-Parsons celebrated his 18th birthday with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate with two double and two runs scored.


Crespo pitched a two-hitter of six innings of work.


“Crespo had pinpoint command and used his off-speed pitches to induce lots of ground balls,” ABA manager Tony Wylie said. 


Christian Cambridge of Chugiak collected three hits and stole 2 bases and South’s Lian Lincoln and Luke Giffen also had base hits.


In the first game, Alaska lost to the D’backs from Canada despite a quality start by Dimond’s Jake Andresen, who struck out seven in 4.2 innings.


“It was nice to see three colleges waiting to talk with Jake after the game. I believe he received two on-the-spot offers,” Wylie said.


Cambridge and West’s Shawn Jones each had two stolen bases while Kasey Watts and Michael Cesar of Juneau were part of the hit parade.