Wasilla holds off North Coos (OR) 13-12 at NWCART
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2019
Wasilla Post 35 broke out the sticks with four extra-base hits and closer Clayton Boyett shut the door in a nail-biting seventh inning as the Road Warriors held off North Coos (OR) 13-12 at the Northwest Region A Tournament in Cody, Wyoming.
Clancey O’Donnell went 4-for-4 with a home run and Kyle Graham was 3-for-3 with two triples as the two sluggers combined for eight RBIs to highlight the team’s 14-hit attack. Jacob Gilbert finished 2-for-5 with a double, three runs and stolen base.
Wasilla earned Alaska’s first win at the NWCART since 2016 when Service beat Grantsville (UT) 11-10 in 11 innings.
Alaska teams are 6-18 at the NWCART since 2013.
Wasilla (30-8) advanced to Saturday’s winner’s bracket at 2 p.m. ADT and will play Cheyenne (WY), a 3-1 winner over Layton (UT).
Boyett ended the game after he struck out a North Coos batter with a runner in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning.
He came into the game with one out and Wasilla clinging to a 13-11 lead. He struck out the first batter he faced before back-to-back errors scored a run and extended the North Coos rally. But Boyett eventually sealed the deal with his second strikeout to earn the save.
Wasilla rallied from deficits of 3-0, 4-3 and 9-8 to pick up its first postseason victory in many years.
Graham and O’Donnell bat Nos. 4-5 in the lineup and routinely delivered big hits. Graham’s two-run triple and O’Donnell’s RBI single erased a 3-0 deficit in the first inning. Graham’s three-run triple made it 7-4 and O’Donnell’s RBI single made it 8-4 in the fourth inning.
O'Donnell’s solo home run to center field gave Wasilla an 11-9 lead. Max Wanser had a two-run single to make it 13-9, which proved to be big after North Coos scored three times in the seventh inning to nearly come back.
Wasilla used four pitchers with Austin Robertson throwing the first 2.2 innings, followed by Carter Hudson (2.0), Balau Buckmaster (1.2) and Boyett.
North Coos is the Oregon Legion A state champion.