State: Juneau, South punch tickets to title game
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 1, 2018
South 5, Ketchikan 2
Gage Webster pitched a dominant game with 13 strikeouts and Josh Costello singled in the go-ahead run as the Wolverines beat the Kings in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
The sophomore southpaw threw 6.2 innings and retired 15 straight batters from the second inning to the seventh inning before coming out after 119 pitches and two outs in the seventh. The limited is 120.
Webster’s masterpiece powered the Wolverines to the state championship game against Juneau-Douglas on Saturday at 4 p.m. It’s South’s sixth straight appearance in the final, with the team winning titles in 2016 and 2013.
With the scored tied at 2-2 in the fourth inning, South’s No. 9 hitter Luke Giffen led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Lian Lincoln, the Cook Inlet Conference most valuable player. One out later, Costello knocked in Giffen with the go-ahead run.
Terren Sugita gave the Wolverines some breathing room with a two-run triple in the seventh inning. Reid Brock also drove in a run.
Ketchikan got a wonderful pitching performance from starter Wyatt Barajas, who threw 114 pitches over 6.1 innings and danced around trouble all night.
He scattered eight hits and six walks, but left the bases loaded in the first inning and wiggled out of two-on, two-out jams in each of the third and fourth innings. Barajas had 1-2-3 frames in the fifth and sixth innings.
Cody Kemble had an RBI single in the first inning and a nine-pitch at-bat in the third. Michael Starr and CJ Jasper scored runs.
Ketchikan will face Colony in third-place game at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This is the second time these teams have played at the state tournament since Ketchikan’s 7-3 victory in 2012.
South 020 100 2 - 5 9 1
Ketchikan 200 000 0 - 2 3 2
South - Webster, Maiorello (7) and Costello. Ketchikan - Barajas, Olson (7) and Albecker. W - Webster. L - Barajas. Sv - Maiorello. 2B - None. 3B - Sugita (S). HR - None.
Juneau-Douglas 10, Colony 6
Luke Mallinger crushed a three-run home run in the first inning to get the Crimson Bears going early on the way to a comfortable win over the Knights in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Juneau outhit Colony 12-5 and led 10-0 in the fourth inning before putting things into cruise control. With the win, the Bears reached the state championship game for the first time since winning it all in 2012.
Mallinger finished with four RBIs. Donavin McCurley went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and two runs and Michael Cesar went 2-for-3 with a double RBI and two runs.
Juneau's Kasey Watts did a little bit of everything. He batted 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate. On the mound he threw three scoreless innings and struck out the side in the third inning on just 11 pitches.
Juneau will play in the state final Saturday at 4 p.m. against the other semifinal winner between South and Ketchikan.
Colony's Zach Satterfly went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Cooper Smith and Kaden Ketchum drove in one run each. Smith also scored twice.
Brayden Methven came out of the bullpen and threw three scoreless innings of relief to keep the Knights in the game.
Colony made things interesting with a four-run seventh inning, showing a true fighting spirit.
The Knights will play in the third-place game Saturday at 1 p.m. against South or Ketchikan.
Juneau improved to 4-0 all-time against Colony at the state tournament, twice winning in the state semifinals; the first time was 1998.
Juneau-Douglas 420 400 0 - 10 12 1
Colony 000 200 4 - 6 5 0
Juneau-Douglas - Watts, Dale (4), Rawson (5), McCormick (7) and Cesar. Colony - Allen, Ka.Ketchum (3), Methven (5) and Ryan. W - Watts. L - Allen. 2B - McCurley (JD), Cesar (JD). 3B - None. HR - Mallinger (JD).
Palmer 4, West Valley 3
Starter Keagan Norman threw 108 pitches over his seven-inning complete game effort to highlight his team’s victory in consolation action of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
Norman escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning as he finished the game with four straight shutout frames. He got through the seventh inning with just seven pitches. He struck out two batters and allowed seven hits and four walks.
It was the first-ever win for the Moose in this their debut at the state tournament.
Palmer did all of its scoring in the third inning, keyed by Cade Holland’s two-run single and Skyler Hale’s two-out, go-ahead RBI single.
Palmer advanced to the fourth-place game Saturday at 10 a.m. against Chugiak in a battle between conference champions. West Valley’s season ended and the team tied for seventh.
West Valley’s London Emerson and Andrew Troppman combined for four of their team’s seven hits. They also took turns playing pitcher and catcher, serving as the team’s 1-2 punch.
Emerson and Troppman each were 2-for-2 with an RBI to help the Mid Alaska Conference champs build an early 3-0 lead.
West Valley 201 000 0 - 3 7 3
Palmer 004 000 x - 4 5 1
West Valley - Emerson, Troppman (4) and Troppman, Emerson (4). Palmer - Norman and Hale. W - Norman. L - Emerson. 2B - Coon (WV), Shults (P). 3B - None. HR - None.
Chugiak 5, North Pole 4
Brian Wing and Mason Peace each scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Mustangs came from behind to beat the Patriots in consolation action of the ASAA/First National Bank State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
North Pole starter Gavin Fischer was one out away from collecting a complete-game win before a few defensive errors flipped the script. He pitched well enough to win in his 6.2 innings of work but, in the end, suffered only a hard-luck loss.
Peace hit the ball that led to the tying run and later scored the winning run.
Chugiak starting pitcher Braden Shackleford struck out 10 batters over seven innings.
North Pole’s Walker Stewart doubled and drove in two runs. Wyatt Kammer went 2-for-4 with a pair of extra-base hits.
The win allowed Chugiak to play one more game. The Mustangs will hit the field Saturday at 10 a.m. against Palmer/West Valley winner.
The loss eliminated North Pole, which tied for seventh place.
North Pole 201 100 0 - 4 8 3
Chugiak 020 100 2 - 5 7 2
North Pole - Fischer, Weatherspoon (7) and Schlenker. Chugiak - Shackleford and Costanios. W - Shackleford. L - Fischer. 2B - Kammer (NP), Wolfe (NP), Davis (C), Cambridge (C), Peace (C). 3B - Kammer (NP). HR - None.