Matson: Hebert hits two home runs to power South Open

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 25, 2020

Matson Invitational

South Open 5, Bartlett 2

Curtis Hebert hit solo home runs in the first and seventh inning to power South Open to a 5-2 win over Bartlett in the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.


The catcher hits No. 2 in the batting order and became the first player in Matson history to hit two dingers in the same game.


Connor Lowe added an RBI and Isaac Johnson scored the tying run in the fourth inning to make it 2-2.


Bartlett's Connor Sessoms and Taylor McCart each drove in runs for the Golden Bears.


Bartlett starter Blake Bacho pitched well in defeat, striking out seven and allowing just two runs in 6.2 innings.


South Open scored three runs with two outs off relievers in the seventh inning.


South's Kellen Curtis singled and eventually scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.


Hebert then hit his second bomb to push the lead to 4-2.


North Pole 12, Fairbanks 4


The North Pole Wild had an incredible inning for the ages, with 10 straight batters reaching base to fuel a nine-run rally in the fourth during Day 2 of the tournament.


Trailing 4-3 with two outs, Brian Green hit a singled to get the party started. After that Logan Fischer walked, Chase Reed was hit by a pitch, Alex Garcia singled, Dustin Peterson was hit by a pitch, Kolten Hall doubled, Wyatt Kammer singled, Gavin Fischer singled, Brayden Grorud doubled and Green reached on an error.


Dream scenario for the Wild, nightmare scenario for the 49ers.


It wasn't all bad for the 49ers.


Fairbanks scored four runs in the first inning, keyed by Chris Luskleet's two-out, two-run base knock. In the fifth, Fairbanks right fielder Dylan Swarthout threw out a runner at home plate trying to score on a flyball.


North Pole starter Alex Garcia settled down nicely after that rocky start. He finished with seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings and didn't allow a base hit after the first inning.


Hall finished with four RBIs for the Wild.