State Tournament Day 4: South 2, Chugiak 0
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 29, 2019
Game 12 South 2, Chugiak 0
Given a second chance, Post 4 pitchers Austin Delesline and Gage Webster didn’t flinch and delivered a fabulous 2-hit combined shutout as South inched closer to making its first Legion finals appearance since 2014.
Delesline danced around danger all day but came away unscathed in 5.2 innings to collect the win for No. 5 South. He only allowed two hits but issued five walks and hit four batters, forcing him to wiggle out of some tough jams.
Webster picked up the save after striking out three of the four batters he faced.
Together, they were lights out. It was a much different story two days ago when their fingerprints were on a bullpen blowup that led to a South loss. The great thing about baseball, however, is how often the game presents opportunities to atone for past mistakes. There’s always tomorrow.
There will be no tomorrow for No. 3 Chugiak, which was eliminated from the state tournament with a 25-7 record. The Post 33 Mustangs had plenty of chances on the base paths, but stranded 11 runners – 8 in scoring position – en route to being shut out for the second straight day.
This game didn’t have a lot of scoring, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t action. From the first batter to the final pitch, this game was tight and terrific, with both teams showcasing championship-level pitching and defense.
South scored both runs in the first inning after the first five batters reached base: Ricky Gatter reached on the only error of the game; Reid Brock hit an RBI double; Webster singled, Terren Sugita walked and Damian Mohl poked an RBI infield single.
After that it was nothing but web gems and goose eggs. No errors, no passed balls, no wild pitches. Clean as they come.
Chugiak turned three double plays, with second baseman Micah Cassezza starting two of them. Shortstop Justin Nevells saved a run in the first inning after getting rid of the ball quickly to just beat the runner and third baseman Billy Smith saved a run in the second inning after making a strong across-the-diamond throw from behind third base to end the inning.
Chugiak pitchers Sam Hall and Camden Costanios combined on an outstanding outing. Hall gave up seven hits, but only four after the first inning. Costanios worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
South will play Tuesday, time and opponent TBD.
Juneau and unbeaten Wasilla play tonight at 6:15. If Juneau wins, Juneau will face South on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. with the winner playing Wasilla for the state title. If Wasilla wins, Wasilla would face South on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m., with an if-necessary game scheduled for 6:15 p.m. South would have to win both games.
It all goes down at Mulcahy Stadium.