South, Wasilla go to 2-0, Juneau wins first game at State

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 25, 2020

Juneau 4, Dimond 2

 

Brock McCormick smashed a two-run single for the go-ahead runs and then pitched a two-out save as the Midnight Suns knocked off the Lynx at the Alliance State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

McCormick drove in Porter Nelson and Oliver Mendoza in the third inning to cap a three-run rally that put Juneau up for good at 3-1.

 

He reached base all three times with a double, single and walk.

 

If that wasn’t enough, McCormick retired a pair of Team of Excellence selections to end the game and move three-time defending state champion Juneau to 20-4 at the state tournament since 2017.

 

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Starter Austin McCurley earned the win with 6.1 strong innings, allowing four hits and two runs.

 

Three times he worked around leadoff batters reaching base, inducing two fly balls and a pop up.

 

Both of these teams were coming off tough first-round losses and were playing to avoid a second loss in pool play.

 

Dimond scored an unearned run in the second inning after Jack Dolan walked and later made it to second on a poor pickoff attempt. He went to third on a flyball and scored on Jeremiah Eneix’s sac fly.

 

With Juneau leading 3-1 in the fourth inning, McCurley was on third and Millard on first when Juneau attempted a double steal. McCurley scored while the throw went down to second to get Millard. Trading runs for outs helped pushed the score to 4-1.

 

In the fifth inning, Juneau tried the same play but this time Dimond’s defense nailed the runner at home plate to save a run.

 

Then in the bottom half of the fifth, Dimond's No. 9 hitter Adam Boyce worked a two-out walk after falling behind 0-2. He scored on Ryan Henrickson’s RBI double to make it 4-2.

 

In the seventh inning, Dimond shortstop Zach Jenkins executed a Jeter-like unassisted double play after he fielded a ground ball, stepped on the bag and then fired a strike to first base while jumping over the sliding base runner.

 

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After losing just four games in two months this season, 20-win Dimond has now lost on back-to-back nights. Baseball can fill your heart with joy – and then rip it out, all in a matter of a few weeks.

 

South 15, Kenai 1

 

For the second day in a row, the South Wolverines put up a crooked number in the first inning to carry them to victory at the Alliance State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Yesterday, it was a six-spot. Today, it was a seven-spot – and they did it twice.

 

No. 2 South never gave No. 7 Kenai a chance, pounding out 12 hits en route to a 15-1 win in five innings on Day 2 of the six-day tournament.

 

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South is 2-0 with ace Gage Webster having not even pitched yet.

 

He is still in the lineup and crushed a two-run home run in the first inning – his second two-run bomb at Mulcahy this week. Webster finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

 

Dylan Maltby stayed red-hot with his third extra-base hit in two days, stroking a double as part of a 3-for-4 performance.

 

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Then there was Andrew Buckendorf (2-4, 3RBI), Reid Brock (2-3, 3 runs), Josh McGovern (2-3, 3 RBIs) and so on.

 

South pitchers Josh McGovern and Ben Neuberger combined on a 3-hitter.

 

Wasilla 10, West 8

 

Jacob Gilbert and Waylon Payne each drove in three runs as the No. 5 Road Warriors beat No. 4 West on Day 2 of the Alliance State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Wasilla managed only six hits but benefited from 12 walks and five hit batsmen.

 

Jacob Hansen and Logan Bailey each scored three runs. Andre Brown had two RBIs.

 

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Hard to believe this game was 1-0 after three innings. Both teams batted around in the fourth inning and the score ballooned.

 

It seemed like the bases were always loaded as both teams left 15 runners on base.

 

West’s Luke Langnes drove in three runs and Shawn Jones, Leland Wilson, Eli Seaver and Carter Stolp each scored twice.

 

The Eagles tied the game at 7-7 in the fifth inning before Wasilla got RBI doubles from Bailey and Gilbert to put the Road Warriors ahead for good.

 

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