State Tournament Day 3 coverage: All 3 games
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 28, 2019
Game 11 Wasilla 1, Chugiak 0
Clayton Boyett was the bomb, pitching 6.1 shutout innings, and setting up and scoring the only run in the first inning as Wasilla clinched a spot in Tuesday’s title game no matter what happens Monday.
No. 1 Wasilla (29-6) is the only unbeaten crew among the four teams still alive in the double-elimination tournament.
Boyett led off the game with a single, stole second and scored on Kyle Graham’s sac bunt. The speedster can change the course of a game several ways, whether it be his wheels or his stick. Or his right arm.
His pitching took center stage as he scattered five hits and two walks mixed with four strikeouts. He also picked off two base runners and assisted on a play at the plate to deny the tying run from scoring.
The defense was contagious as catcher Max Wanser threw out a baserunner in the fourth inning.
Chugiak pitcher Ian Frizelle pitched very effectively and needed just 84 pitches in six innings of work. He gave up four hits and two walks. One strikeout is all he had, but all he did was throw strikes (65%).
In the fifth inning, Chugiak loaded the bases after Garrett Nevells singled, Sam Hall walked and Camden Costanios reached on an error. But Boyett got out of the jam after fielding a bunt and throwing out the runner at home and then ending the inning on a flyout.
In the sixth inning, Wasilla threatened with runners on the corners after a walk, fielder’s choice and Clancey O’Donnell single. Waylon Payne then hit a soft liner to right field, where Chugiak’s Garrett Nevells made a super sliding catch to save a run.
In the seventh, Chugiak’s got started with a leadoff single by Trystan Costanios and then a two-strike sac bunt by Garrett Nevells to put a runner in scoring position. Boyett was pulled after reaching the 105-pitch limit.
Enter Balau Buckmaster, who ended the game with a strikeout and groundout to collect the save.
No. 3 Chugiak (25-6) dropped into the loser’s bracket and will face South in an elimination game at 3:15 p.m. Wasilla will face a one-loss Juneau team at 6:15 p.m. Both games are at Mulcahy Stadium.
If it’s a big game in Alaska, it happens at Mulcahy Stadium.
Game 10 Juneau 4, Kenai 3
At 240 pounds, Bobby Cox isn’t designed for speed. But his baserunning was the difference for the Post 25 Midnight Suns as his stolen base and run in the sixth inning broke a tie and propelled Juneau to victory in the loser-out game.
Oliver Mendoza had two RBIs, including the hard-hit single in the hole to score Cox from second base with the winning run.
Donavin McCurley pitched a complete game for No. 2 Juneau (25-5), working around a double in the seventh inning. He needed 95 pitches to go the distance, scattering eight hits and five walks while striking out four.
This game featured two proud programs that have combined to win four Legion state championships in the last seven years. You just knew this game would come down to the wire.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the sixth inning, Christian Ludeman led off with a walk but was erased on Cox’s ground ball fielder’s choice. On the play, Kenai shortstop David Michael showed off remarkable range to get the out at second base.
With Cox at first, and his team in need of a spark, he stole his fifth bag of the year. Then Mendoza ripped a single to left field and Cox motored around to score.
Kenai pitcher Mose Hayes threw a complete game and deserves credit for closing out the sixth inning with back-to-back strikeouts moments after giving up the lead.
Juneau - the two-time defending Legion state champion - scored in each of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Kenai, meanwhile, struck gold for all three runs in the top of the sixth to erase a 3-0 deficit. Hayes led off with a walk, followed by a Seth Adkins single. After an error allowed Hayes to score, Harrison Metz bunted home Adkins to make it 3-2.
Logan Smith and Tanner Ussing singled in the inning that set up a game-tying sac fly by Jacob Boze. His uncle owns the Legion state tournament record with 21 strikeouts in one game (back when game went 9 innings). Clutch must be a family gene.
No. 4 Kenai was eliminated and finished the season 21-13.
Juneau will play Monday. Opponent and time TBD.
Game 9 South 6, West 5
One day after getting his heart ripped out, Terren Sugita pumped life back into the Post 4 Wolverines to keep his team alive in the postseason.
Terren Sugita’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Gage Webster and Damian Mohl as the Post 4 Wolverines walked off West to avoid elimination in the loser-out game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Last night, Sugita pitched six sensational shutout innings only to see his team lose in extra innings. Rather than sulk, he raked.
Sugita scorched a drive to center that was almost caught by a diving Bubba Mendoza, who would have ended the game had he made the catch. Feast or famine type play.
The final play symbolized the no-fear mindset from two teams trying to save their Legion season.
Gage Webster's RBI double put South up 4-2 in the fifth inning and he kickstarted the game-winning rally with a two-out single to get the party started.
Mohl was then hit by a pitch, which brought Sugita to the plate.
Josh Costello went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and threw out a base runner at catcher. Webster finished 2-for-4.
No. 5 South (19-11) will play Monday. Opponent and time TBD.
The Post 1 West Eagles took a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning back-to-back two-out base hits.
The rally started after Max Fink and Sam Lebo led off the frame with consecutive walks. The next two batters got out, but the runners advanced.
Quinn Bates-Janigo laced a two-run double to tie the game and Leland Wilson slapped a single to left to put West ahead.
Fink drove in two runs and made a beautiful diving catch in the fifth inning.
No. 7 West finished the season 17-13.