South becomes first Alaska team to win BP since 2010
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 8, 2018
Championship Game: South 4, Excelsior (MN) 0
Jimmy McGovern took care of the pitching. Reid Brock, Gage Webster and Josh Costello brought the bats; and Lian Lincoln, Ryan Bailey and Terran Sugita supplied stellar defense.
Together, they lifted South Post 4 to the BP Invitational championship with a 4-0 victory over Excelsior Post 259 of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the title game at Mulcahy Stadium.
South (17-7) is the first Alaska team to win the tournament since Dimond Post 21 in 2010.
McGovern pitched a 5-hit shutout in going all seven innings. He walked just one and struck out three batters. The right-hander shut down an Excelsior squad that came into the final hitting .371 as a team over the last three days.
He retired 14 of the final 17 batters and threw just 87 pitches. He also doubled and was named the Most Valuable Player for his performance in helping South become what is believed to be the first Alaska team to defeat three different Lower 48 teams at the BP Invitational.
Brock, Webster and Costello each drove in runs for the champs.
Lincoln – the tournament’s Gold Glove Award winner - continued his perfect defense at shortstop while center fielder Bailey and third baseman Sugita each robbed base hits from Excelsior slugger Joel Thimsen, who won the Big Stick Award.
This year’s BP Invitational was billed beforehand as the most talented fields in the tournament’s 24-year history and the teams didn’t disappoint, with 11 of 17 games being decided by one or two runs. Six games ended in walkoff fashion.
South 200 110 0 - 4 4 1
Excelsior (MN) 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
South - McGovern and Costello. Excelsior - Wandersee, Mortensen (6) and Masui. W - McGovern. L - Wandersee. 2B - McGovern (S). 3B - None. HR - None.
Jake McAleavy, Lone Peak (UT) Post 19
In a tournament long on great pitching, this southpaw stood tallest. The 5-foot-10 left-hander struck out 11 of 18 batters he faced in a 12-3 win over Chugiak Post 33. He gave up just one hit and no runs in 5.1 innings of work.
Lian Lincoln, South Post 4
He plays center field on some days, but in this tournament, he played shortstop. Lincoln displayed range, a strong arm and the ability to turn a twin bill. He didn’t make an error in 25 chances and helped turn three double plays.
Joel Thimsen, Excelsior (MN) Post 259
He squared up the ball virtually every time he came to the plate. The hard-hitting first baseman batted .470 and led his team with eight hits, three doubles and five RBIs in five games.
Most Valuable Player
Jimmy McGovern, South Post 4
Whether he was pitching or hitting, McGovern was right in the middle of the action in three of his team’s wins. He collected three RBIs in a 7-5 win over Lone Peak Post 19 of Utah. He drove in the winning run with a sac fly to give his team a 2-1 win over Columbia Post 19 of Tennessee. And then he threw a shutout in the title game.