State Tournament Day 1 coverage: All 4 games
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 26, 2019
Game 4 Wasilla 7, Dimond 5
Jacob Gilbert scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and earned the winning decision with six super innings of relief as the top-ranked Post 35 Road Warriors prevailed in the first-round game.
Gilbert singled to lead off the sixth, followed by a walk to Jacob Hansen. After a wild pitch moved up both baserunners, Gilbert scored on an error to break a 5-5 tie. With one out, Hanson scored on another error to make it 7-5.
No. 1 Wasilla (27-6) rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning.
Gilbert was a big reason, coming out of the bullpen in the first inning. He struck out five batters and kept Dimond quiet for the most part, allowing only an unearned run.
Clayton Boyett got the final out for the save.
Wasilla’s Taylon Ottinger drove in his team’s only RBI. He also made a beautiful diving grab on a grounder and then popped up to get the out to end the top of the sixth inning.
Boyett, Waylon Payne, Kyle Graham, Byson Malave also scored runs for the Road Warriors, who were playing the Post 21 Lynx for the first time this year.
No. 8 Dimond (15-15) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Zach Jenkins hit an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Luke Smith’s RBI double and Eric Galosich’s run-scoring single double Dimond’s lead.
Jenkins finished 3-for-4 and Galosich went 2-for-4. Smith also provided stellar relief for 3.1 innings for the Lynx.
Game 3 Juneau 2, West 1
Brock McCormick tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, Gabe Storie recorded a save and Christian Ludeman delivered the winning RBI as the Post 25 Midnight Suns held on in the first-round game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Juneau improved to 3-0 against West this year and moved to 11-2 at the state tournament since 2017 en route to winning the last two championships.
McCormick struck out five batters and allowed only one hit for No. 2 Juneau (24-4), which scored both of its runs in the third inning.
Storie singled and Donavin McCurly walked to set it up. Storie scored on an error for the first run and McCurley scored on Ludeman's single.
Storie also played a huge role on the mound, retiring five of the six batters he faced. He ended the game with the tying run on second base.
Four Post 1 Eagles pitchers held Juneau scoreless in five of six frames. On most days that would be good enough to win.
Leland Wilson pitched two innings, Ivan Tillman one inning, Luke Langness 2.2 innings and Luis Nunez one-third of an inning. Together, they had 10 strikeouts.
No. 7 West (16-12) pulled within 2-1 in the sixth inning after Sam Lebo led off with a single and advanced to second on Jack Opinsky's sac bunt. Lebo scored on Quinn Bates-Janigo’s double for the only extra-base hit of the game.
Storie entered the game at that point and sealed the deal, working around a hit by pitch in the seventh.
This is the second straight year Juneau has defeated West at the state tournament.
Game 2 South 8, Kenai 5
Reid Brock was brilliant out of the bullpen, throwing 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to propel the Post 4 Wolverines in a first-round game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Brock also drove in two runs for a South team that took a 6-5 lead in the third inning and held on, thanks to Brock. Brock also drove in two runs at the plate.
Ricky Gatter went 2-for-4 with a double, stolen base and two runs for No. 5 South (18-12).
Gunnar Nix drove in three runs. Josh Costello scored three times.
These teams are 2-2 in four meetings this season.
This was their first meeting at state since 2015, when they split a pair of games (Day 1 & Day 4).
Kenai's Harrison Metz went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run.
Mose Hayes was 2-for-4 with a run and stole base and Logan Smith was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for No. 4 Kenai (20-12).
Herald Ochea pitched two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh.
Game 1 Chugiak 10, Palmer 0
Sam Hall spun a 2-hitter in the five-inning game and Christian Cambridge, Ian Frizelle and Justin Nevells combined for six RBIs in the first-round game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Hall is the first Chugiak pitcher to throw a shutout at the state tournament since Jimmy Lanier in 2015.
Nevells went 3-for-3 with a walk, three runs and an RBI. Cambridge was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Frizelle doubled and drove in two runs.
Chugiak (24-5) is the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
The Post 33 Mustangs scored a run in the first inning and three more in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth when they exploded for six runs, capped by Frizelle's two-run double that ended the game by mercy rule.
No. 6 Palmer (17-12) is making its first appearance at the state tournament since 1993.
Trace Severson and Owen Hayes delivered the only base hits for the Post 15 Pioneers.
Brayden Methven recorded 4.2 innings on the mound and held Chugiak scoreless in the third and fourth innings.