South snaps Columbia's 15-game unbeaten streak at BP

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 6, 2018

BP Invitational

Game 7: South 2, Columbia (TN) 1

A sac fly by Jimmy McGovern drove in Gage Webster with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Post 4 handed the Tennessee team its first loss in 16 games at the BP Invitational dating to 2012.


Webster played hero for South, first pitching out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the inning and then getting himself in scoring position with an extra-base hit in the bottom half.


The left-hander ripped an opposite-field double down the third-base line, just inside the bag, and advanced to third on Damian Mohl’s single. McGovern came up next and lofted a flyball to center field that was deep enough for  Webster to race home.


South starter Jacob Woodall pitched well enough to win but settled for a no-decision. He needed just 81 pitches to get through 7.1 innings before running into trouble in the eighth with baserunners at second and third.


Enter Webster, who induced a lazy pop up and deep fly ball to end the threat.


Columbia entered the game 14-0-1 all-time at the BP Invitational in three appearances in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Post 19 has won the tournament all three years.


The only previous blemish was a 4-4 tie with South in 2014.


Now South is the first Alaska team to beat the former Legion World Series champs.


Columbia tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning when Jackson Cook scored on Will McCall’s sac fly.


Andy Hale started and allowed just three hits in five innings. Cook was called on in relief and pitched 2.2 innings.


Columbia (TN) 000 100 00 - 1 4 0

South 001 000 01 - 2 7 1

Columbia - Hale, Cook (6) and Massey. South - Woodall, Webster (8) and Costello. W - Webster. L - Cook. 2B - Brock (C), Webster (S). 3B - None. HR - None.

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Game 6: Service 16, Dimond 5

The youngest player in the tournament played like a veteran as Sean Giffen pitched four effective innings to earn the win and keep alive Post 28’s title chances in the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.


Service (9-8) plated nine runs in the second inning and Giffen threw clean frames in the third and fourth inning to improve to 1-1 in tournament play.


Cobey Cupp drove in three runs and Nathaniel Cole and Jaren Childs each had two RBIs. Chris Malagodi scored three runs.


Service took advantage of 16 walks.


Dimond (15-5) got a big game from Kobe Vanderwood, who tripled, scored a run and drove in two runs.


Isaiah Mills had an RBI and Jacob Lick went 2-for-2.


Dimond fell to 0-2 in tournament play.


Service 190 42 - 16 8 1

Dimond 110 03 - 5 5 2

Service - Giffen, Stiles (5) and Sandau. Dimond - Smith, Dolan (2), Boyce (3), Knowlton (5), Vanderwood (5) and Straw. W - Giffen. L - Smith. 2B - Sandau (S). 3B - Vanderwood (D). HR - None.

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Game 5: Excelsior (MN) 10, Dimond 0

Nick Thimsen homered and Cameron Smrekar doubled and tripled as Excelsior broke out the big sticks with six extra-base hits to help Excelsior remain undefeated in the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.


The Minnesota team is 2-0 in tournament play and 7-2 on its Alaska road trip.


Joel Thimsen ripped a pair of doubles and finished with three RBIs. Mason Nadolney doubled and drove in two runs.


It was more than enough support for starter Will Sturek, who tossed a 4-hit complete-game effort. He walked three and struck out two in six innings.


Dimond is the first-place team in Alaska and the loss was just its fourth in 19 games this summer.


Jake Andresen allowed seven hits and four earned runs over five innings. He struck out a half dozen.


Zach Jenkins and Kobe Vanderwood each went 2-for-3 to collect all of their team's base hits.


Jacob Lick made a beautiful diving catch in left field for Dimond to away what would have been another extra-base hit.


Excelsior (MN) 201 124 - 10 10 0

Dimond 000 000 - 0 4 1

Excelsior - W.Sturek and Stolar. Dimond - Andresen, Vanderwood (6), Boyce (6) and Dolan. W - W.Sturek. L - Andresen. 2B - J.Thimsen 2 (E), Smrekar (E), Nadolney (E). 3B - Smreker (E). HR - N.Thimsen (E).

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Game 4: Excelsior (MN) 5, West 3

The bottom of the lineup made sure Post 259 from Minneapolis, Minnesota, came out on top on the second day of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.


Excelsior got six hits, three runs and two runs from hitters Nos. 7, 8 and 9, including a game-tying two-run single from No. 9 hitter Ike Fuecker in the top of the sixth inning.


Excelsior scored four runs over the sixth and seventh innings to rally from behind and reward reliever Jack Wilson with the win. He threw three shutout frames over the final three innings to give his team a chance to come back.


Mike Sturek’s sac fly in the sixth gave the Minnesota team the lead for good.


West (10-5) looked to be in control, leading 3-1 after five innings with ace Leland Wilson on the bump.


The southpaw scattered eight hits and six walks, escaping two-on jams in the second, fourth and fifth innings.


West’s Jack Opinsky went 3-for-4 with an RBI.


West fell to 1-1 in tournament play.


Excelsior (MN) 010 003 1 - 5 10 0

West 002 100 0 - 3 7 0

Excelsior - Tyrpa, Hanson (5) and Masui. West - Wilson, Zettler (6) and Danmeyer. W - Hanson. L - Wilson. 2B - W.Sturek (E), J.Thimsen (E), M. Sturek (E). 3B - None. HR - None.

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Game 3: Lone Peak (UT) 12, Chugiak 3

Left-hander Jake McAleavy struck out 11 of 18 batters he faced in a dominating pitching performance to lead the Post 19 Misfits of Highland, Utah, on the second day of the BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.


McAleavy worked 5.1 innings and allowed one hit, one walk and hit one batter.


Lone Peak won its tournament debut and improved to 6-3 on its Alaska road trip.


Ryder Christensen and Ethan Lamb each drove in three runs and Justin Wood added two RBIs. Trey Gambill scored three times.


Chugiak (12-7) used six pitchers with Justin Nevells throwing the only clean inning.


Ian Frizelle went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Trystan Costanios also drove in a run.


Chugiak is 1-1 in tournament play.


Lone Peak (UT) 212 110 5 - 12 10 3

Chugiak 000 003 0 - 3 4 2

Lone Peak - McAleavy, Lamb (6), Wood (7) and Thomas. Chugiak - Smith, C.Costanios (3), Frizelle (4), J.Nevells (6), Cambridge (7), Peace (7) and T.Costanios. W - McAleavy. L - Smith. 2B - Thomas (LP), Frizelle (C). 3B - None. HR - None.