Wasilla beats Wyoming 6-2 to stay perfect at NWCART
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 10, 2019
One day after shutting the door, Clayton Boyett unlocked an awesome opportunity for Wasilla Post 35 as the remarkable right-hander pitched a complete-game, 11-strikeout gem to lead the Road Warriors to a 6-2 win over Cheyenne (WY).
Balau Buckmaster crushed a three-run homer and Clancey O’Donnell stayed hot as Wasilla improved to 2-0 at the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament in Cody, Wyoming.
Wasilla (31-8) is the first Alaska team to win two postseason games since South went 2-2 at the 2013 NWCART.
Wasilla will play Cody (WY) or Burley (ID) at 5 p.m. ADT in a game between the final two unbeatens.
Boyett was the bomb, striking out the side in the seventh inning to cap a 105-pitch complete game. In 14.2 innings over the state tournament and regional tournament, Boyett has a 0.00 ERA with two wins, a save and 17 strikeouts.
He got the final two outs in a 13-12 win over North Coos (OR) on Day 1.
This time, Boyett started what he finished.
He ended the fifth inning with a strikeout looking. He needed just five pitches to get out of the sixth inning, thanks to a double play. And then he went good morning, good afternoon and good night in the seventh inning.
Wasilla grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Waylon Payne’s RBI single.
In the third inning, the Road Warriors exploded for five runs after Taylon Ottinger, Jacob Gilbert and Boyett set the table and O'Donnell and Buckmaster cleared it. O’Donnell hit a two-run single and Buckmaster clubbed a three-run dinger.
Cheyenne scored two unearned runs in the fourth inning to make it 6-2.
O’Donnell is batting 6-for-7 in the tournament and shares the team lead in RBIs (5) with Kyle Graham.
Buckmaster started a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth inning. Buckmaster has scored four runs in the tournament, which is tied with Jacob Gilbert for the team lead.
Alaska teams improved to 7-18 at the NWCART since 2013.