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Undefeated Way continues to be lucky charm for Edmonds

Sitka’s Brian Way was 4-0 as a reliever and now he’s undefeated after two starts.

And Edmonds Community College is 12-0 when he pitches.

There’s no doubt the 6-foot-7, 270-pound freshman has been a lucky charm, but there’s nothing lucky about what he’s done on the mound.

The right hander is 6-0 with a pair of saves and a 1.10 ERA in 12 games.

His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 23-6 in 32.2 innings.

“I just go out there and try to best the guy at the plate by any means, whether that’s coming out of the pen or starting,” Way told me. “I just do all I can to win us games.”

From the start, he showed no fear. He recorded a save in his second college appearance.

“Being raised playing Juneau and Ketchikan in very intense games since I was 11, I think it made me be able to handle the pressure that college baseball has brought to the game,” Way said. 

Edmonds has won 31 of 38 games in the NWAC and have captured the North Region pennant and secured a playoff berth.

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

Anderson wins, pitches into eighth inning for first time

Centralia College left-hander Austin Anderson of Anchorage picked up his third win in a 6-2 win over Green River during NWAC play in Washington.

The freshman pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in eight starts this season.

He threw 7.1 innings and allowed just three hits and a pair of walks. He struck out three.

Anderson, of East High fame, is 3-4 with a 5.51 ERA. Take away his last start, though, and his ERA is 3.53 since April 10.

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

Manzer collects career-high 3 RBIs with just one swing

Anchorage's Adam Manzer hit his third home run of the season and set a career-high with 3 RBIs for Sonoma State University in California.

He collected all his RBIs on one swing, a three-run shot in the third inning against Cal State Monterey Bay in NCAA D2 action.

The junior outfielder finished 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .289 in 24 games. This is his first season with Sonoma State.

Manzer, of West High fame, has driven in 11 runs this season, which ranks second among players with fewer than 100 at-bats.

He missed nearly half the season after suffering two hamstring injuries.

Manzer's 3 home runs is second Alaska college sluggers. Tyler Thompson of NCAA D3 Pacific Lutheran University and Aaron Miller of NAIA Mayville State each have hit 4 bombs this year.

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

Miller has career highs in power numbers across the board

Anchorage’s Aaron Miller was good in high school, but he’s become an even better player in college.

The junior left fielder has put it all together for Mayville State University in North Dakota, where he has a .353 batting average in 119 career games with the NAIA school.

“In high school I was a good player but never had the consistency that I have achieved in college,” he told me. “I’ve worked a lot on my mental game to get to that next level in my game, which is why I believe I have had the success I’ve had recently.”

Miller is hardly a one-hit wonder. This guy has been tearing the cover off the ball since he arrived at Mayville State.

But this year has been extra special for the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder as he has career highs in his power numbers across the board – home runs [4], doubles [11], RBIs [37] and slugging percentage [.500].

“The home runs just started coming,” he said. “I’ve always had the power. It just now is starting to translate to games.”

Miller, of Service High fame, is batting .342 in 48 games this year and has hit safely in 23 of the last 25 games. 

“My swing feels great right now I’ve been able to spray the ball to whole field,” he said.

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

Bynum ties college career-high with 4 RBIs, now w/ 37 in 52G

Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks hit his second career home run and finished with two hits and tied his career high with 4 RBIs as Arizona Western College beat South Mountain College 9-4.

The freshman outfielder lifted his batting average to .302 in 52 games. He played eight games as highs school senior.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic fame, leads his team with 8 stolen bases while ranking second with 24 walks, 27 runs and 3 triples, and third with 37 RBIs.

Defensively, he told me he has improved his arm strength to make him a better all-around player.

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

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High School Baseball

Team League
Cook Inlet Conference
Team League
Dimond 2-0
East Anchorage 1-0
South Anchorage 1-0
Chugiak 1-1
Bartlett 0-1
Service 0-1
Eagle River 0-2
West Anchorage 0-2

Monday's Scores

Eagle River 12, West 10

Dimond 4, Chugiak 3

Saturday's Score

East 9, Bartlett 4

South 13, Service 4

Dimond 15, West 3

Chugiak 8, Eagle River 2

Tuesday's Games

East vs. Service

South vs. Bartlett

Mid Alaska Conference
Team League
West Valley 2-0
Lathrop 2-0
North Pole 2-2
Monroe Catholic 1-1
Eielson 0-2
Delta Junction 0-2

Saturday's Score

North Pole 12, Delta 2

Monroe 22, Eielson 19

Thursday's Scores

Lathrop 14, North Pole 3

Southcentral Conference
Team League
Kodiak 3-0
Colony 1-0
Homer 1-1
Wasilla 1-1
Houston 0-0
Kenai 0-1
Palmer 0-1
Soldotna 0-2

Saturday's Scores

Wasilla 9, Homer 1

Thursday's Scores

Kodiak 2, Palmer 1

Wasilla 1, Chugiak 0 NL

Southeast Conference
Team League
Sitka 3-0
Juneau-Douglas 2-1
Ketchikan 2-2
Thunder Mountain 1-2
Petersburg 0-3

Friday's Scores

Ketchikan 1, Juneau 0

Juneau 6, Thunder Mountain 1

Sitka 2, Petersburg 0

Saturday's Score

Thunder Mountain 2, Ketchikan 1

Ketchikan 14, Thunder Mountain 2

Sitka 9, Petersburg 4

Sitka 13, Petersburg 3


Schedules




Alaska Legion Baseball

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

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