State Semifinal: Murphy, Bailey help Wasilla win 11-1
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2020
Nolan Murphy stayed scorching hot in the batter’s box and Logan Bailey pitched a complete game as Wasilla beat up South 11-1 in the semifinals of the Alliance State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Road Warriors (22-5) advanced to the state final for the second consecutive year, looking to give Wasilla its first state championship since 1990.
Wasilla is 4-0 at this year’s tournament, having outscored opponents 26-9.
Murphy went 3-for-4 and drove in three RBIs with a two-run triple in the fourth inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth inning.
The right fielder is now hitting .636 in four state tournament games on a 7-for-12 clip. He has reached base 10 times in 15 plate appearances.
Murphy, Jacob Gilbert, Andre Brown and Waylon Payne each scored two runs.
Payne, Calvin Stoll, Jacob Hansen, AJ Camacho, Max Wanser each had an RBI for Wasilla, which put up a seven spot in the sixth inning to help force the mercy rule.
Bailey had a lot to with that.
The Class of 2023 right-hander looked like a veteran the way he handled a powerful South team that came into the game hitting .329 for the tournament.
He retired the first batter of the inning five times and ended an inning three times with a strikeout.
Even when he gave up a run, he came away smelling like red roses.
In the third inning, with South runners on first and third, Dylan Maltby lifted a flyball to right field. The runner from third scored but Murphy doubled up the other base runner who was moving on the pitch.
South’s Josh McGovern put in an excellent effort pitching and hitting.
He started the game and pitched into the sixth inning. He finished with 5.1 innings but it felt more like six-plus with how many extra outs he had to get because of defensive errors behind him.
McGovern’s pitch count soared because of extended innings and tough at-bats like the battle he had with Camacho on a 10-pitch beauty in the fifth inning.
Camacho worked a walk after falling behind 0-2 in the game’s best competitive moment.
McGovern has been a gamer for the last week. He batted 2-for-3 and leads the tournament with a .667 batting average. He has reached base in 10 of 13 at-bats.
South finished the season with an 18-9 record.