State: Juneau claims first title since '12 w/ win over South

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 2, 2018

Juneau-Douglas 3, South 2

Luke Mallinger drove in Michael Cesar with the winning run in the seventh inning to lift the Crimson Bears to a dramatic victory over the Wolverines in the championship game of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Mallinger drove in all three runs to continue his incredible tournament performance and Kasey Watts threw 115 pitches and earned the winning decision as Juneau won its first state title since 2012.

This was the sixth championship for the Crimson Bears since the state tournament was created in 2000.

Watts got the start and went six strong, giving way to Donavin McCurley after three consecutive shutout innings. Watts gave up two hits and six walks while striking out three. McCurley earned the save and left the tying run on third base.

South was playing in its state record sixth straight state title game.

The Wolverines looked good early after taking leads of 1-0 and 2-1 after the first three innings.

Jacob Woodall drove in Lian Lincoln in the first inning and Lincoln singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Woodall pitched the entire game for South, scattering eight hits over seven innings with five strikeouts. He threw 110 pitches in his complete game.

In the seventh inning, South’s Luke Giffen led off with a walk and advanced to second base on Lincoln’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Giffen moved to third on a balk but McCurley left him there after ending the game with a flyout to center field.

Mallinger’s sacrifice fly scored Juneau’s first run in the third inning and he doubled in the tying run in the fifth inning. The slugger finished 6-for-10 with nine RBIs in three tournament games and would have won the MVP award if there was one.

Juneau’s other state titles came in 2012, 2010 and 2008.

Juneau-Douglas 001 010 1 - 3 8 3

South 101 000 0 - 2 2 0

Juneau-Douglas - Watts, McCurley (7) and Cesar. South - Woodall and Costello. W - Watts. L - Woodall. Sv - McCurley. 2B - Mallinger (JD). 3B - None. HR - None.

Ketchikan 7, Colony 1

Cody Kemble tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort to lead the victorious Kings in the third-place game of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

He carried a shutout into the sixth inning and finished his seven innings of work with a total of 96 pitches.

Kemble got it done at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run.

Ketchikan’s Wyatt Barajas went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.

Tug Olson doubled twice and drove in a run.

For the Kings, it was their best finish at the state tournament since finishing second in 2012. They were fifth in 2016 and sixth in 2015.

Colony’s Carson McLaughlin got half of his team's four hits.

Zach Satterly got a base hit, scored a run and pitched five innings with four strikeouts.

This is the second time Colony has placed fifth at the state tournament since 2014. The Knights were seventh last year.

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Ketchikan 002 023 x - 7 9 2

Colony - Satterly, McLaughlin (6) and Ryan. Ketchikan - Kemble and and Albecker. W - Kemble. L - Satterly. 2B - Olson 2 (K), Barajas 2 (K), Kemble (K). 3B - None. HR - None.

Chugiak 14, Palmer 4

The Mustangs broke out the big sticks and smashed nine extra-base hits en route to winning the fourth-place game of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Christian Cambridge tripled and hit an inside-the-park home run to highlight the 16-hit attack. DJ Davis and Brian Wing tripled and Braden Shackleford hit two doubles.

Ian Frizelle went 3-for-3 and Wing finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Garrett Nevells pitched all seven innings to earn the winning decision. He allowed nine hits and one earned run. He struck out seven.

Chugiak finished the season 17-3 and were winners of the Cook Inlet Conference.

Palmer won a school-record 11 games this season and the Southcentral Conference championship to help them qualify for the state tournament for the first time.

Alasdair McKechnie went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Anthony Jones was 2-for-2 for the Moose.

Palmer’s Skyler Hale, Luke Guggenmos and Cade Holland also drove in runs.

Chugiak 102 241 4 – 14 16 2

Palmer 000 110 2 - 4 9 5

Chugiak - Nevells and Costanios. Palmer - Huddleston, Engst (5), McKechnie (7) and Hale, Shults (7). W - Nevells. L - Huddleston. 2B - Bull (C), Shackleford 2 (C), Peace (C), Frizelle (C), Jones (P), Shults (P). 3B - Davis (C), Cambridge (C), Wing (C). HR - Cambridge (C).

All-Tournament Team
Cade Holland, Palmer
Michael Starr, Ketchikan
Gage Webster, South
Walker Stuart, North Pole
Kolten Ketchum, Colony
Luke Giffen, South
Donavin McCurley, Juneau-Douglas
Josh Costello, South
DJ Davis, Chugiak
Michael Cesar, Juneau-Douglas
Wyatt Barajas, Ketchikan
Luke Mallinger, Juneau-Douglas