State: Ketchikan, Juneau, South, Colony win openers

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 31, 2018

Colony 9, Chugiak 8

Kolten Ketchum’s two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning provided a walkoff win for the Knights in the game of the day in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Trailing 8-3 after five innings, Colony rallied for four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to snap Chugiak’s nine-game winning streak and advance to the final four for the first time since 2014.

Colony will face Juneau-Douglas in the state semifinals Friday at 4 p.m.

Ketchum, who stood to be the losing pitcher after getting rocked in his start, also delivered a two-run double in the sixth to get the comeback started.

With one out in the seventh, Colony’s Ben Alley drew a walk on a full count and Joe Ryan walked on four straight balls. Trace Severson then reached on a fielder’s choice after a close play at second base. Two pitches later, the game was over.

Severson spun 4.2 innings of one-run relief and walked away with a winning decision.

Colony’s Kaden Ketchum had two RBIs, including a two-out, run-scoring single that tied the game at 8-8. Cooper Smith, Zach Satterly and Jeremy Allen also drove in runs.

Chugiak’s Mason Peace and Christian Cambridge each had two hits and two RBIs.

Brian Wing and DJ Davis drove in single runs for the Mustangs, the Cook Inlet Conference champions. It was just Chugiak’s third loss in 18 games this year.

Starting pitcher Ian Frizelle scattered seven hits and three walks over four innings of work and left with a 7-3 lead.

This was the first time Colony and Chugiak have met at the state tournament since 2009, when Chugiak won 7-3.

Chugiak will face North Pole in a loser-out game Friday at 10 a.m.

Chugiak 412 010 0 - 8 10 0

Colony 300 004 2 - 9 12 1

Chugiak - Frizelle, Wing (5), Hall (6), Cambridge (7) and Costanios. Colony - Ko.Ketchum, Severson (3) and Ryan. W - Severson. L - Cambridge. 2B - Davis (Ch), Satterfly (Co), Smith (Co), Ko.Ketchum 2 (Co). 3B - Ryan (Co). HR - None.

Ketchikan 11, West Valley 0

Starting pitcher Michael Starr didn't allow a base hit for five innings as the Kings scored early and often to beat the Mid Alaska Conference champions in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

His only hiccup came in the fourth inning when he walked the bases loaded and then escaped the jam with a flyout, strikeout and groundout.

Starr also tripled and drove in a run for the Kings of the Southeast Conference.

Ketchikan’s Brock King went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Gabe Bowlen and Wyatt Barajas each added two RBIs.

This was the third time these two teams met at the state tournament. In 2015, West Valley won 4-0. In 2009, Ketchikan prevailed 1-0.

Ketchikan will next play in the state semifinals Friday night at 7 against the winner of Palmer/South.

West Valley's Billy Renfrew, Gus Jensen and London Emerson drew walks. Emerson also struck out two batters in his one inning of relief.

The Wolfpack next play Friday at 1 p.m. in an elmination game against either Palmer or South.

Ketchikan 124 22 - 11 11 0

West Valley 000 00 - 0 0 3

Ketchikan - Starr and Albecker. West Valley - Jensen, Emerson (4), Lesneski (5) and Emerson, Troppman (4), Emerson (5). W - Starr. L - Jensen. 2B - Barajas (K). 3B - Starr (K). HR - None.

Juneau-Douglas 16, North Pole 4

The top of the lineup combined to go 8-for-11 with eight RBIs and seven runs to power the Southeast Conference champions to a mercy rule win in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Leadoff hitter Donavin McCurley went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs. He also pitched the first three innings and retired six of the final seven batters he faced.

Jacob Dale batted 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs. Michael Cesar – the reigning Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year – went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.

Kasey Wats and Luke Mallinger ripped triples for Juneau-Doulgas, which advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2015. The Bears will take on the Chugiak/Colony winner at Friday at 4 p.m.

North Pole banged out four doubles, including two by Ethan Wolfe. Walker Stewart doubled and had two RBIs.

Wyatt Fischer went 2-for-2 and drove in a run.

The Patriots will play either Chugiak or Colony in an elimination game Friday at 10 a.m.

Juneau-Douglas improved to 2-0 against North Pole at the state tournament. The Bears won the other meeting 10-0 back in 2007.

Juneau-Douglas 227 14 - 16 13 1

North Pole 200 11 - 4 7 4

Juneau-Douglas - McCurley, Rawson (4), McCormick (5) and Cesar. North Pole - Garcia, Christmann and Schlenker. W - McCurley. L - Garcia. 2B - Cesar (JD), Rivas (NP), Stewart (NP), Wolfe 2 (NP). 3B - Watts (JD), Mallinger (JD). HR - None.

South 14, Palmer 0

The Wolverines collected 20 hits and got six shutout innings from pitcher Terren Sugita to key a mercy rule win in the first round of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Sugita allowed two hits and six walks and danced around base runners to finish what he started. He struck out a half dozen and maintained his clean sheet after a runner was thrown out at the plate by third baseman Chase Subitch.

South’s Josh Costello went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Luke Giffen was 3-for-3 and scored three times.

Cook Inlet Conference most valuable player Lian Lincoln batted 3-for-5 with an RBI and four runs. Jacob Woodall was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

South advanced to the state semifinals for the eighth straight year.

The Wolverines will face Ketchikan at 7 p.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, Palmer was making its first-ever appearance at the state tournament.

The Southcentral Conference champions certainly weren’t overwhelmed by the pressure of the bright lights as the first three innings were tight.

The best scoring chances by Palmer came in the third inning after Owen Hayes led off with a double and in the fourth inning after James Nelson crushed a leadoff triple.

Palmer will hit the field again Friday at 1 p.m. against West Valley in a loser-out game.

South 200 345 - 14 20 0

Palmer 000 000 - 0 2 4

South - Sugita and Costello. Palmer - Guggenmos, Norman (6), Huddleston (6) and Hale. W - Sugita. L - Guggenmos. 2B - Hayes (P). 3B - Jessee (S), Nelson (P). HR - None.