D1 State: South scores historic win to cap 17-0 year
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 5, 2021
D1 State Tournament
South 19, Colony 0
Fourteen of the first 18 batters reached base and starter Isaac Johnson didn't allow a hit in five innings as the Wolverines capped a perfect 17-0 season with a record-setting victory in the ASAA D1 championship game at Mulcahy Stadium.
South crushed the ball and crushed several state tournament records, including most runs in a championship game and biggest blowout in a title game.
Maddux Soland became the first player to hit a home run over the new wall at Mucalhy Stadium, crushing a three-run bomb down the left-field line to highlight a 17-hit attack.
Sean Giffen went 3-for-4 and drove in three of his team's first nine runs. Curtis Hebert stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance that included an RBI and three runs. Kellen Curtis had two RBIs, Lucas Wilkins batted 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Dylan Maltby went 2-for-4 with two runs.
Up and down the lineup, the Wolverines ate up Colony pitching. They had 11 hits and 14 runs in two innings. The most runs in a state title game before today came in 2011 when South beat Dimond 14-8 in 12 innings.
South outscored opponents 50-7 in three games at the state tournament, with the 40 runs beating the old tournament record of 35 set by Sitka in 2014.
Hebert went 8-for-10 with five runs in the tournament and Soland was 6-for-10 with 12 total bases.
The offense was so good, so OMG good, that it overshadowed Johnson's sensational start. He threw five shutout, no-hit innings to finish the season with a personal scoreless streak of 26.1 innings.
Johnson, a tall right-hander, racked up nine strikeouts and ended each of his five innings with a strikeout. His only trouble came in the third inning when he walked two and hit one to load the bases, but he ended the threat with a strikeout looking.
Johnson picked up two winning decisions in the state tournament, a four-inning stint against Wasilla in the first round and then a five-inning performance against Colony.
This was South's fourth state title in school history, the third most all-time.
For Colony, yes, the loss hurts, but it shouldn't take away from the historic season by the Knights. They advanced to the state title game for the first time in school history, beat a pair of Cook Inlet Conference frontrunners in the tournament and captured the Mid-Alaska Conference title.