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Osborne has 10 RBIs in 4-game series with Dickinson State

Have a series, Sagan Osborne.

The Dickinson State junior from Anchorage enjoyed a huge weekend against the University of Winnipeg during NAIA action in North Dakota, going 9-for-15 [.600] with five extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in four games.

Osborne, of Dimond Post 21 fame, continued his career season by lifting his batting average to .383 in 46 games. 

He also extended his hitting streak to 12 games, one shy of his season-high 13-game streak earlier this season.

Osborne isn't just getting on base - he's driving the ball in the gap, driving in teammates and scoring lots of runs.

He leads Dickinson State with 18 doubles and 21 extra-base hits, ranks second with 38 RBIs and third with 32 runs.

Osborne has also doubled in five straight games.

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

Thompson homers, Brown closes the door as PLU wins conference

For the third time this college baseball season Anchorage's Tyler Thompson homered and Garrett Brown earned the save in the same game for Pacific Lutheran University.

This time, though, it helped the Lutes capture the Northwest Conference championship and punch their ticket to the NCAA D3 regional tournament in May.

Thompson crushed a two-out solo home run in the second inning that proved to be the game winner and Brown pitched the final two innings as PLU beat Whitworth 6-5 in Spokane, Washington.

“It’s funny because me and Garrett always talk about him getting a save and me getting a home run in a game, and it’s happened a few times,” Thompson told me. “We both just get pumped up for each other when we do well.”

Thompson, of Dimond Post 21 fame, ranks third in the Northwest Conference with a career-high eight home runs.

Brown, of Service Post 28 fame, leads the league with a career-high nine saves.

Together, they are a big reason why the Lutes have posted a 10-2 record this month and are red hot entering the regional playoffs.

Today, PLU opened the game by scoring five runs in the top of the first only to have Whitworth answer with five of their own to tie the game.

Thompson hit the go-ahead homer the next inning.

“My mentality for my at-bat was just to try and get a rally going,” he said. “The pitcher left the ball up and I put a good swing on it.”

From there, PLU pitchers threw nothing but goose eggs.

“Our pitching shut them down,” Thompson said. “It’s just an awesome feeling winning the conference tournament after all the ups and downs our team went through to get to this point.”

With 16 career homers, Thompson is the active leader among Alaskans playing college baseball. His latest dinger was memorable, but he hopes there are more to come.

“This moment means a lot to me, to come through for my team in that situation definitely got me going,” he said. “It was an awesome day for our team.”

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

Caron stays aggressive for Dawson, hitting .394 at leadoff

The job of a prototypical leadoff hitter is to take as many pitches as possible.

But Anchorage’s Ryan Caron has a different strategy. 

“I’m usually swinging first pitch,” he told me with a laugh. “I don’t see many pitches.”

He doesn’t miss many either.

The Dawson Community College sophomore centerfielder is hitting .394 [37-for-94] in 27 games with the NJCAA team in Montana.

He has banged out at least two hits in nine of his last 16 games.

Caron, of Service Post 28 fame, started the season pitching and playing in the field. He has since focused on just hitting and the results speak for themselves.

 “I really changed my approach,” he said. “When I was doing my best last year I was really being aggressive and then I got away from it after I got moved up in the lineup.”

He promised himself to stay aggressive no matter what, even after he was promoted to the top of the Dawson batting order.

Thing is, though, most coaches want their leadoff hitters to see lots of pitches. Then again, his .394 batting average gives him a long leash.

“I talked with my coach about it and he said, ‘As long as it works, keep doing you,’” Caron said. “If the pitcher isn’t around the zone, I will back off.

“Thing is, though, pitchers are going to throw you stuff they want you to hit, so if they start me out with a fastball I’m going to smack that.”

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

Thompson, Ibesate tied for longest hitting streak in college

Tyler Thompson of Anchorage didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak.

The Pacific Lutheran University third baseman delivered a first-inning double to push his consecutive hits streak to 15 games.

Thompson, a senior, is hitting .308 on the season with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 38 games.

Thompson’s streak tied him with Juneau’s Lance Ibesate of the University of Jamestown for the longest among Alaska college players.

Ibesate, a senior second baseman, is hitting .362 with one home run and 30 RBIs in 44 games.

Here is a look at the longest hitting streaks by Alaskans playing college baseball this season:

*15 – Tyler Thompson, Pacific Lutheran University

15 – Lance Ibesate, University of Jamestown

13 – Sagan Osborne, Dickinson State University

*10 –  Scooter Bynum, Western Arizona College

*8 – Ben Ross, Blue Mountain Community College

8 – Ryan Caron, Dawson Community College

*6 – Stephen Ferntheil, Mayville State University

5 – Adam Manzer, Sonoma State University 

4 – Willy Homza, Brown University

4 – Aaron Miller, Mayville State University

[*] active

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

Manzer crushes 1st homer, has 3 RBIs in one game for Sonoma St

Adam Manzer of Anchorage hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and finished with three RBIs for Sonoma State before the bullpen gave it away in a 9-7 loss to Cal State San Marcos.

He finished 3-for-4 with a run-scoring walk, an RBI single and a solo home run. It was his first bomb this season and the fifth for his two-year NCAA D2 career.

"The home run felt great. The best feeling I've had all year at the plate," he told me. "Been seeing the ball better as of late been working on some things lately in practice to help me at the plate."

Manzer, of West Post 1 fame, is hitting .282 with 14 RBIs in 32 games.

The senior outfielder has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on defense.

"I've been playing a lot of left field and a little right field lately," he said. "Hopefully I can move around a little bit and showcase my skills at other postitions too.

"Of the outfield I like the centerfield the best because I have free range and authority to run down and catch any ball."

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

Prep season has earliest start in Anchorage, thanks to FieldTurf

The boys of summer hit the field Saturday in Anchorage in the earliest start date in more than 25 years of high school baseball.

Ten years ago, teams prepared for the season by taking ground balls and batting practice in parking lots. And when the players finally did get on the fields, the conditions were terrible: muddy and wet.

But FieldTurf has changed how the game is played in Alaska.

In past years Anchorage teams from the Cook Inlet Conference had gone elsewhere in Alaska to play in mid-April, but not this year. 

West vs. Bartlett, 10 a.m.

Service vs. Eagle River, 1 p.m.

Colony vs. South, 4 p.m.

Bartlett has one of just three all-FieldTurf baseball fields in Alaska – the other locations are Sitka and Kodiak.

However, FieldTurf baseball /softball infields through the advocacy of American Legion baseball is now becoming a growing trend because the surface allows for a longer season with more consistent bounces and game play and less maintenance required. 

Current FieldTurf infields constructed by Alliance for ALB with partnerships forged with Anchorage Parks and Recreation, Anchorage Parks Foundation, Eagle River Parks and Recreation and Mt View Lions include: 

Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage: Opened April 2010;

Polar LL Blackburn Field in Anchorage: Opened May 2014 repurposed from AFS; 

Polar LL Peck Field in Anchorage: Opened May 2014 repurposed from AFS;

Kosinski 4 Field in Anchorage: Opened May 2015;

Kosinski 3 Field in Anchorage: Opened May 2015;

Loretta French Field in Eagle River: Opening May 2016;

Oberg Field in Chugiak: Opening May 2016.

Other areas of the state have also looked to add FieldTurf baseball/softball infields constructed by the Mat Su Borough and the Mat Su School District:

Joe Redington High School near Wasilla: Scheduled to open Fall of 2016 FieldTurf Baseball and Softball infields;

Wasilla High School near Wasilla: Schedule to open Fall of 2016 FieldTurf Baseball and Softball infields.

Future plans discussed by the Alliance with its partner American Legion programs is FieldTurf fields in Fairbanks, Ketchikan and Juneau as well as partnership with statewide Little League baseball and softball organizations to use repurposed FieldTurf for infields.

Here's a look at the non-league [NL] schedule:


BA West vs. Bartlett   10:00 AM 

BA Service vs. Eagle River  1:00 PM 

BA Colony vs. South   4:00 PM 


BA Delta vs. Chugiak 6:30 PM


BA Palmer vs. Dimond 6:30 PM 

K4 Delta vs. Eagle River 6:30 PM



Scrimmages limited to 2 innings or 1 hour

K4 Service vs. West 10:00 AM

K3 Delta vs. Dimond 10:00 AM

K4 West vs. Dimond 11:15 AM

K3 Delta vs. Service 11:15 AM

K4 Dimond vs. Service 12:30 PM

K3 West vs. Delta 12:30 PM


Scrimmages limited to 2 innings or 1 hour

K4 Eagle River vs. Bartlett 2:00 PM

K3 Chugiak vs. East 2:00 PM

K4 Bartlett vs. East 3:15 PM

K3 Chugiak vs. Eagle River 3:15 PM

K4 East vs. Eagle River 4:30 PM 

K3 Bartlett vs. Chugiak 4:30 PM

***Jamboree Rules

A baseball Jamboree shall include three or more teams. A team is limited to no more than 6 innings total with no more than 2 innings against any other team. Each pitcher is limited to no more than 2 innings. A team may not play in more than one Jamboree each season. No scores are kept in a Jamboree.


K4 Colony vs. Eagle River 6:30 PM

K3 Palmer vs. Service 6:30 PM


K4 Wasilla vs. Bartlett 6:30 PM

K3 Dimond vs. West 6:30 PM


K4 Palmer vs. South 6:30 PM

K3 East vs. Chugiak 6:30 PM


BA Wasilla vs. Dimond 6:30 PM

K4 Colony vs. Service 6:30 PM

K3 South vs. Chugiak 6:30 PM


BA Wasilla vs. West 6:30 PM

K4 Bartlett vs. Dimond 6:30 PM

K3 Service vs. East 6:30 PM


BA Eagle River vs. West 10:00 AM

BA Lathrop vs. Chugiak 1:00 PM

BA Lathrop vs. South 4:00 PM

BA East vs. Bartlett 7:00 PM

Ibesate is one crazy consistent college hitter for Jamestown

The University of Jamestown's Lance Ibesate of Juneau is crazy consistent with the bat.

The second baseman has nearly an identical batting average, slugging percentage and stolen base totals in each of the last two NAIA seasons.

He hit .368 in 46 games last year and .366 in 41 games this year while his slugging percentage has been .485 and .486. He's also swiped exactly 20 bags each year.

There hasn't been a more a consistent hitter from Alaska than Ibesate at the college level over that time.

"My approach at the plate is a gap-to-gap approach," Ibesate told me. "It's something we've been working on all year and it's showing with our team."

The former Juneau Post 25 all-star currently is riding a 14-game hitting streak for Jamestown, which has won 38 of 41 games this year.

"I've been having success at the plate not because of myself but because of the teammates I have," he said. "With the pitch staff and hitters I have, makes my job simple."

Ibesate's 14-game hitting streak is the longest of any player from Alaska this season. Anchorage's Sagan Osborne of Dickinson State had a 13-game hitting streak earlier this season and Pacific Lutheran's Tyler Thompson of Anchorage owns a current 11-game hitting streak.

Ibesate and Osborne were on the same field last weekend during a four-game series in North Dakota.

Ibesate went 6-for-14 [.428] with four runs and three RBIs as his team won three of four. Osborne went 5-for-17 [.294] with five RBIs.

“Facing another Alaskan is always a pleasure,” Ibesate said. “It’s always fun competing with someone you have something in common with, and that’s having played in The Last Frontier.”

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

PLU cleanup hitter Thompson does not get cheated at dish

Anchorage's Tyler Thompson doesn't go to the plate trying to hit a home run, but he doesn't get cheated either.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior slugger at Pacific Lutheran University takes a healthy cut and sometimes he gets enough to knock it out of the ballpark.

"I go up trying to do damage and if I get a good swing on it then home runs will follow," he told me.

Thompson, of Dimond Post 21 fame, is crushing the ball this season with the NCAA D3 Lutes of Tacoma, Washington, where he leads the team with five home runs.

Even better, he is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak. 

Overall the cleanup hitter is batting .294 in 34 games with 18 RBIs and 25 runs.

He is averaging a home run every 6.8 games this year compared to 12.6 in 2014.

Thompson is Alaska's career leader among active players with 13 career home runs in three seasons at PLU.

"The home runs have meant a lot to me for a couple of reasons," he said. "I was never a home-run hitter growing up. I would hit one here and there, but never on a consistent basis.

"I always wanted to be a home-run hitter, but never thought I actually would be."

Who could blame him? Chicks dig the long ball.

Things changed for Thompson when he hit a growth spurt in high school. He also started lifting weights. By the time he got to college he was stronger than ever.

Crushing bombs, however, is more than just being buff.

You have to be able to actually hit, including pitches other than just fastballs.

"My approach at the plate is be aggressive. I've always been an aggressive hitter," Thompson said. "One thing that I've had to work on more this year is staying balanced and hitting more off-speed pitches.

"Being in the 4-hole for the majority of my games I get more off-speed pitches. I would say probably four of my five home runs this season have been on off-speed pitches."

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

Bynum adds punch to his bat, bumps slugging to .485 for AWC

There is a power surge happening at Arizona Western College, courtesy of Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks.

The 20-year-old sophomore centerfielder has seen his slugging percentage climb to new heights on the baseball field this season, thanks to career-high totals in doubles, triples and home runs.

Best of all his batting average hasn’t taken a hit as a result of his added power.

Bynum, of Fairbanks Legion Post 11/30 fame, is hitting .311 in 37 games compared to .314 in 54 games as a freshman.

“The weight room and the reps from JUCO ball, it’s different than in Alaska, where you get the chance to fail and then pick yourself back up.”

He played in eight games as a senior in high school. In two years at Arizona Western College he has played in 91 – and counting. There are 14 games left in the regular season.

“I’m looking to get really hot here and make the playoffs,” he said.

Bynum’s slugging percentage of .485 is the highest among active Alaskans playing college baseball; better than other notable hitters from the state like Sagan Osborne [.472], Lance Ibesate [.472] and Tyler Thompson [.470].

Bynum has 13 extra-base hits on six doubles, four triples and three home runs.

“That’s good, but I can be better and I know that so I’m gonna do it,” he said.

His slugging percentage is 72 points higher than his freshman season when he had eight extra-base hits [3-3-2].

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

Jensen pitching well for GHC even if record does not show it

Talk about getting no love. Nick Jensen of Anchorage is actually pitching much better than anybody would expect with a 0-5 record.

The Grays Harbor College starting pitcher has a 3.16 ERA and he has allowed just one earned run in each of his last two starts.

His losing record is a combination of hard luck, little run support and poor defense.

In fact, only 9 of his last 19 runs allowed were earned.

Jensen, of South Legion Post 4 fame, has only 14 strikeouts in 31.1 innings, so he pitches to contact and relies on his defense to make plays behind him.

Nonetheless, his winless record shouldn't overshadow his pitching performance for the NWAC school in Washington.

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

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2016 High School Standings

Cook Inlet Conference
Team League
Chugiak 0-0
South Anchorage 0-0
Dimond 0-0
Service 0-0
Bartlett 0-0
Eagle River 0-0
West Anchorage 0-0
East Anchorage 0-0

Each team plays 10 league games

Mid Alaska Conference
Team League
Lathrop 0-0
West Valley 0-0
North Pole 0-0
Monroe Catholic 0-0
Delta Junction 0-0
Eielson 0-0

Each team plays 10 league games

Southcentral Conference
Team League
Wasilla 1-0
Colony 0-0
Houston 0-0
Soldotna 0-0
Homer 0-0
Palmer 0-0
Kenai 0-0
Kodiak 0-1

Each team playes 10 league games 

April 16 League Score

Wasilla 12, Kodiak 0

Southeast Conference
Team League
Juneau-Douglas 0-0
Ketchikan 0-0
Sitka 0-0
Thunder Mountain 0-0
Petersburg 0-0

Each team plays 12 league games


Rex Edward Matautia Invitational

At Kodiak [April 13-16]

Tournament NL Scores

Chugiak 14, Kodiak 4

Dimond 5, Wasilla 1

Wasilla 3, Chugiak

Kodiak 10, Dimond 5

Chugiak 14, Dimond 8

Dimond 13, Kodiak 4

Wasilla 9, Chugiak 8 

April 16 NL Scores

West 11, Bartlett 0

Service 9, Eagle River 2

South 10, Colony 0


American Legion 2015 Highlights

SE 2015 Tournament Highlights

Alaska High School Baseball

2015 High School Standings

Championship Group

Team League
**#Chugiak 8-2
**South Anchorage 8-2
Dimond 6-4
Service 4-6

Consolation Group

Team League
Bartlett 5-5
Eagle River 5-5
West Anchorage 2-8
East Anchorage 2-8

$State champion
#Conference champion
**Qualified for ASAA State Tournament

Mid Alaska Conference

Team League
**#Lathrop 10-0
**West Valley 8-0
North Pole 5-5
Monroe Catholic 5-5
Delta Junction 1-9
Eielson 1-9

#Conference champion
**Qualified for ASAA State Tournament

Southcentral Conference

Team League
**#Wasilla 9-1
**Kodiak 8-2
Soldotna 5-5
Homer 5-5
Palmer 4-6
Kenai 1-9
Houston 0-10

#Conference champion
**Qualified for ASAA State Tournament

Southeast Conference

Team League
**Juneau-Douglas 10-2
**#Ketchikan 9-3
Sitka 6-6
Thunder Mountain 3-9
Petersburg 2-10

#Conference champion
**Qualified for ASAA State Tournament

Alaska Legion Baseball

2015 Alaska Legion AA Standings

Team Points League
**Chugiak Post 33 69 17-1
Juneau Post 25 66 16-2
South Post 4 54 12-6
Dimond Post 21 51 11-7
Valley Post 35/15 51 11-7
Kenai Post 20 51 11-7
Fairbanks Post 11 51 11-7
Fairbanks Post 30 48 10-8
Service Post 28 45 9-9
Kodiak Post 17 45 9-9
Ketchikan Post 3 39 7-11
Eagle River 30 4-14
West Post 1 27 3-15
East Post 34 24 2-16
Barlett Post 29 23 2-16

Points: 4 Win, 2 Tie, 1 Loss, 0 Forfiet
Each team plays 18 league games (top 8 advance to State Tournament; the rest Mason Lines Invitational)

**State champion

2014 Alaska Legion AA American League

Team Points League
Wasilla Post 35 63 15-3
Service Post 28 57 13-5
Dimond Post 21 54 12-6
Juneau Post 25 51 11-7
**South Post 4 48 10-8
Ketchikan Post 3 39 7-11
East Post 34 33 5-13
West Post 1 06 0-18

**State champion

Alaska Legion AA National League

Team Points League
Chugiak Post 33 57 13-5
Eagle River 57 13-5
Kenai Post 20 54 12-6
Kodiak Post 17 48 10-8
Fairbanks Post 30 45 9-9
Bartlett Post 29 42 8-10
Fairbanks Post 11 32 5-13
Palmer Post 15 21 1-17

2013 Legion AA Standings

Team Points League
Wasilla Post 35 76 18-4
Juneau Post 25 73 17-5
South Post 4 70 16-6
**Chugiak Post 33 65 14-7-1
Dimond Post 21 59 12-9-1
Service Post 28 55 11-11
Kenai Post 20 55 11-11
Eagle River 52 10-12
Bartlett Post 29 46 8-14
Fairbanks Post 30/11 46 8-14

**State champion

2012 Legion AA Standings

Team Points League
**Kenai Post 20 71 17-3
South Post 4 62 14-6
Wasilla Post 35 62 14-6
Dimond Post 21 59 13-7
Fairbanks Post 11 59 13-7
Chugiak Post 33 52 11-9
Service Post 28 50 10-10
Eagle River 41 7-13
East Post 34 35 5-15
Bartlett Post 29 32 4-16
West Post 1 26 2-18

**State champion