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Baker becomes 8th Alaska pro pitcher to reach double digits

Juneau right-hander Dylan Baker has moved into elite company among Alaska’s best professional pitchers by picking his 10th career win.

It may not seem a lot but only eight Alaskans have reached double figures in minor league baseball. We’ve never had anybody win a game in the major leagues among the three pitchers that made it.

Baker improved to 3-2 on the season after the Carolina Mudcats beat Myrtle Beach 6-5 in Class A Advanced action. He didn’t have his best stuff but still got the win, scattering five hits and three walks across 5.1 innings.

Baker is now 10-9 with a 3.86 ERA in 42 career starts in the minors.

All-time wins by Alaska pitchers in minor pro leagues:

62 - Marshall Boze, Soldotna

30 - Chris Mabeus, Soldotna

30 - Matt Way, Sitka

27 - Ryan Shaver, Fairbanks

24 - Joey Newby, Soldotna

19 - Corey Madden, Anchorage

11 - Chad Bentz, Juneau

10 - Dylan Baker, Juneau

Pocatello caps amazing 57-1 season with NWCART title

The Cody Cubs never stood a chance. The Pocatello Razorbacks has had destiny riding shotgun all year long.

Pocatello capped an epic season with a runaway victory in the championship game of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament, winning 20-1 at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Idaho state champs went 5-0 in the NWCART and finished the season with an incredible 57-1 record. They played American Legion Baseball for three months and lost one game. That’s just awesome.

There was no beating Pocatello Tuesday night.

The Razorbacks banged out 19 hits and scored four runs in the first inning, three in the second, two in the fifth and 11 in the sixth. 

Cleanup hitter Kam Farnsworth earned player-of-the game honors after going 4-for-5 with three doubles and five RBIs. Spencer Bray and Trevor Bowers also had four hits. Kaden Sweat went 2-for-5 to bump his tournament average to .450.

Bowers also pitched, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The right-hander finished with a two-hitter across seven innings of work.

Bowers was named the tournament’s top pitcher after racking up a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings with 21 strikeouts.

The tournament MVP was Mason Foltz.

This guy did it all, a dual threat who beat you on the mound and in the box.

Foltz pitched 13 innings over three appearances, earning two wins and a save. He had a tidy 1.38 ERA with 12 strikeouts.

At the plate, Foltz hit .450 with nine hits in 20-bats. He drew five walks, scored eight runs and hit a double and a triple.

In five NWCART games, Pocatello outscored their opponents 50-11 and batted .324 as a team.

In other tournament awards, Cody Cubs right fielder Shad Moir won the Gold Glove award and the Big Stick award went to Whitefish Glacier Twins first baseman Vincent Smith. The Montana slugger led the tournament in batting average [.500], slugging percentage [.875] and extra-base hits [5].

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Idaho, Wyoming win on Day 4, will square off for NWCART title

Runs were at a premium Monday at Mulcahy Stadium with championship game berths on the line.

The Pocatello Razorbacks of Idaho and Cody Cubs of Wyoming each picked up pivotal wins, moving into the title game of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament.

Tuesday’s championship game is at 2 p.m. There is an if-necessary game at 6 p.m. if Wyoming beats the undefeated Idaho in the first game.

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Game 13: Pocatello Razorbacks [ID] 4, Juneau Midnight Suns [AK] 2

Pocatello got a combined four-hitter from starting pitcher Breadeon Boyer [win] and reliever Mason Foltz [save]. Boyer went the first six, with Foltz coming in with three innings of one-hit relief. The Idaho state champs improved to 56-1 on the year. Kaden Sweat drove in two runs for the Razorbacks, with Ethan Hunt and CC Burrup each knocking in one. Kam Farnsworth and Foltz each had two hits. Juneau led 1-0 and got within 3-2. Matthew Cunningham and Nathan Klein drove in the runs and Tod Baseden scored both runs. It was the second time Idaho beat Juneau, including an epic 3-2 13-inning victory in the first game of the tournament. Juneau ended the season 21-13.

Game 12: Cody Cubs [WY] 3, Whitefish Glacier Twins [MT] 1

Cubs starter John Beaudrie and Glacier Twins starter AJ Wetsch each went the distance in this old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. Beaudrie picked up the win, scattering seven hits across nine innings. Wetsch took the hard-luck loss, allowing just four hits, one earned run and zero walks over eight innings. With the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth, the Wyoming state champions plated a pair of runs. Cameron Wright and Cap McClure each had RBIs, and Wright, Brock Goodwin and Kevin Page each scored runs. Vincent Smith went 2-for-4 with the team’s lone RBI. Whitefish finished the season 39-22.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Idaho still unbeaten, Utah withdraws on Day 3 of NWCART

The Idaho state champion Pocatello Razorbacks continued its winning ways Sunday, beating the Cody Cubs of Wyoming 8-2 in a winner’s bracket game at the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Meanwhile, after recognizing that the Northern Utah Eagles had used ineligible players in both victories during the NWCART the Utah state director removed his team from the American Legion tournament.

Utah Legion Department Chair Jeff Nakaishi made the decision to withdraw the Eagles from competition in a move that was accepted by NWCART director Clayton Burtsfield.

Each state's American Legion Department Chair as the authority over all teams playing American Legion Baseball in their state. Nakaishi cited multiple violations on official documents.

Going into Monday’s action, only four states remain alive in the hunt for the title – Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. All four play Monday.

Monday’s NWCART schedule

2 PM Cody Cubs [WY] vs. Whitefish Glacier Twins [MT]

6 PM Juneau Midnight Suns [AK] vs. Pocatello Razorbacks [ID]

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Game 9: Whitefish Glacier Twins 13, North Medford Mavericks 11

Up and then down, the Glacier Twins plated six unanswered runs in the seventh inning and ninth inning to survive this slugfest and avoid elimination in this loser bracket game. Colton Gove, Jayce Fagerland, Vincent Smith and Kyler Howke each had two RBIs for the Montana state champs [39-21]. Gove tripled twice. Colten Parker picked up the win with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. It was Parker’s RBI double in the top of the ninth inning that proved to score the game winner. The Mavericks trailed 7-5 before exploding for six runs in the sixth inning. Tate Cowden homered and scored three times. Kasey Buchanan and Greyson Wolff each had two RBIs for the Oregon state champions, which were knocked out to end the season 28-22.

Game 11: Pocatello Razorbacks 8, Cody Cubs 2

Kaden Sweat had three hits and two RBIs, and starting pitcher Saben Rodriguez scattered seven hits and four walks over a nine-inning, complete-game effort. Spencer Bray, Cory Meyer and Trevor Bowers each had two hits and an RBI. The Razorbacks outhit the Cubs 12-7. Nursing a 4-2 lead, they scored in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Pocatello is the only unbeaten team in the tournament, improving to 3-0. The Idaho State champs have won 56 of 57 games this season. Shade Noir and Walker Williams had two hits apiece for the Wyoming state champs. The Cubs bullpen did its job, allowing just one hit over the final four innings. 

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

Idaho, Utah stay undefeated after Day 2 of NWCART

The Pocatello Razorbacks of Idaho and the Northern Utah Eagles each won games Saturday to remain undefeated at Day 2 of the NWCART, setting up a Sunday showdown at Mulcahy Stadium.

Pocatello will face Northern Utah at 5:30 p.m. ADT, with the winner putting itself in prime position to win the five-day regional tournament.

Meanwhile, the Juneau Midnight Suns – the lone Alaska team still alive – and North Medford Mavericks each survived to play another day while the Whitefish Glacier Twins and Cody Cubs dropped into the loser’s bracket.

Sunday’s schedule features three games at Mulcahy Stadium, the premier field in Alaska. If it’s a big game, it’s played at Mulcahy.

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Game 5: Juneau Midnight Suns 14, Fairbanks Wild 0

Nathan Klein was nearly unhittable for seven innings, giving up just two base knocks and two walks while striking out nine. Klein and Augustus Swanton each finished with two RBIs as Juneau avoid elimination by winning the loser’s bracket game. Robert Markovich had two hits, including a double, as Juneau improved to 21-12 on the year. The game was shortened to seven innings because of the mercy rule. The Wild’s Benjamin Hall and Camron Walker had their team’s only hits. Fairbanks was an expansion team that won the Horizon Lines Invitational last month and finished the season 17-14.

Game 6: North Medford Mavericks 8, Dimond Lynx 5

The Mavericks erupted for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to win the loser's bracket game and stay alive in the double-elimination tournament. That rally made a winner out of starting pitcher Larsen Kindreich, who went all nine innings for North Medford [28-21]. Dimond's Mahlon Cleveland drove in two runs and pitched 8.2 innings. Kyle Henrickson, Payton Lauwers and Kyle Bremont all had RBIs for the Lynx. Only three of the seven runs surrendered by the Alaska team were earned. Dimon won the Midnight Sun Tournament champions in June and finished the season 21-14.

Game 7: Pocatello Razorbacks 15, Whitefish Glacier Twins 4

One day after playing 13 innings, the Razorbacks scored early and often to put this game out of reach. They scored once in the first inning, five in the second and four more in the third. Kam Farnsworth tripled and drove in five RBIs, and Trevor Bowers had three RBIs. Connor Lamont smacked a home run and Mason Foltz pitched another five innings. The Idaho state champs improved to 55-1 on the year, 2-0 in the tournament. Whitefish mounted a comeback and pulled within 10-4 after the sixth inning. Colton Gove went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Vincent Smith banged out two hits, including a double, and didn’t give up an earned run in 5.2 innings on the mound. The Montana state champs [38-21] are now in the loser’s bracket. 

Game 8: Northern Utah Eagles 5, Cody Cubs 0

Precise pitching and slugger Zach Hansen's bat powered Northern Utah once again, keeping the Eagles undefeated in Alaska, 17-5 on the season. Tonight’s pitching hero was Hunter Porritt, who threw a five-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts across nine innings. Hansen rapped out two hits which brought home two runs; other RBIs were collected by Porritt and Hayden Smoot. The game featured just two walks between the two teams. Cameron Wright and Jordan Wasia pitched for the Wyoming state champs. Cody’s Cap McClure sure came to play, going 3-for-5 while the rest of his team managed only two hits. The Cubs don’t lose often, slipping to 45-15 on the season and falling into the loser’s bracket.

Sunday’s Schedule

11 AM North Medford Mavericks vs. Whitefish Glacier Twins

2 PM Juneau Midnight Suns vs. Cody Cubs  

5:30 PM Pocatello Razorbacks vs. Northern Utah Eagles

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.

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Current Standings

Alaska Legion AA American Division
Team Points League Overall
Wasilla Post 35 63 15-3 24-7
Service Post 28 57 13-5 20-8-1
y-Dimond Post 21 54 12-6 21-14
y-Juneau Post 25 51 11-7 21-13
x-South Post 4 48 10-8 19-14-1
Ketchikan Post 3 39 7-11 10-20
East Post 34 33 5-13 11-19
West Post 1 06 0-18 2-26


Alaska Legion AA National Division
Team Points League Overall
Chugiak Post 33 57 13-5 20-13
Eagle River 57 13-5 18-10
Kenai Post 20 54 12-6 17-12
Kodiak Post 17 48 10-8 14-14
y-Fairbanks Post 30 45 9-9 17-14
Bartlett Post 29 42 8-10 15-18-1
Fairbanks Post 11 32 5-13 11-20
Palmer Post 15 21 1-17 1-25-1


x-clinched Northwest Regional berth in Eugene [OR]

y-clinched NWCART berth in Anchorage

Monday's Score

Pocatello [ID] 4, Juneau 2 - NWCART

Saturday's Scores

Juneau 14, Fairbanks 30 0 - NWCART

North Medford [OR] 8, Dimond 5 - NWCART 

Friday's Scores

Boise [ID] 18, South 8 - Northwest Regional

Pocatello [ID] 3, Juneau 2 - NWCART

Whitefish [MT] 8, Fairbanks 30 4- NWCART

Hyrum [UT] 9, Dimond 1 - NWCART

Thursday's Score

Medford [OR] 24, South 3 - Northwest Regional

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