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Lanier, Bucolo lead Chugiak Post 33 to Legion state championship

STATE TOURNAMENT

Chugiak 6, Kenai 0

They call him Jimmy, but he might as well go by 'Big Game James' Lanier.

The Chugiak Post 33 right-handed pitcher rose to the occasion once again, this time pitching a 3-hit shutout over Kenai Post 20 to highlight a 6-0 victory in the championship game of the Legion AA State Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Lanier was marvelous on the mound and got lots of help from his friends, especially second baseman Charlie Bucolo.

Bucolo crushed a 3-run home run to left field in the third inning that pushed the lead to 4-0.

It was the second bomb in two games for Bucolo, who batted .444 with two HRs and eight RBIs in the tournament to collect Most Valuable Player honors.

With the win, No. 1 Chugiak improved to 29-3 and will represent Alaska at the Northwest Regional next week in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Kenai is going to the Northwest Class A Regional in Logan, Utah, which also starts next week.

This was Chugiak's eighth Legion state championship in school history, ranking second on Alaska's all-time list. East has the most with 10.

The Mustangs controlled the title game in every aspect.

Lanier, who took the tournament's Top Pitcher award, was rock solid until a little hiccup in the ninth inning when he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsman.

He pitched 15.1 innings over two appearances at state and finished 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA.

Lanier has been huge all year - he was the winning pitcher when Chugiak won the high school state title and again when Chugiak beat Castroville, Texas, during the BP Invitational.

Offensively, Bucolo went yard and Jake Kindred, Zach Brueggemann and Sam Hanson collected RBIs.

Brueggemann doubled off the left-field wall, missing a home run by five feet.

The all-star right fielder also threw out a runner at first base on a rare 9-3 putout. Chugiak also picked off a runner at second base and got another out on the base paths in a rundown.

Doug Henie's Chugiak club is now 44-7 since high school.

Kenai deserves a lot of credit. Not only did the No. 6 Twins win five consecutive elimination games to reach the championship game, but they beat Chugiak 7-6 earlier in the day to force an if-necessary game.

In the first game, Kenai jumped to a 7-2 lead before hanging on for dear life after escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning.

Kyle Johnson picked up the win and Justice Miller got the save. Johnson limited Chugiak's hot bats to just two hits over five innings of work. Johnson finished the tournament with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings.

Miller was one of his team's best players the entire week and won the tournament's Gold Glove award.

Juneau's RJ Markovich won the tournament's Big Stick award after hitting .400 with five RBIs and five extra-base hits in four games.

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

Service beats Ketchikan for Matson Invitational title

Matson Invitational Title Game

Service 8, Ketchikan 3

Ronan Klancher and Derek Scoggins each had three hits and two RBIs as [9] Service beat [11] Ketchikan 8-3 in the championship game of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Service broke free of a 2-2 tie by scoring three times in the fourth inning. The Post 28 Cougars sealed the deal with a three-run ninth inning.

Pitchers Jake Wasson and Nick Hall combined on a 7-hitter and limited Ketchikan to just one run over the final seven innings.

Daltin Johson and Wasson each had two hits as Service banged out 12 on the day, including doubles by Luke Giffen and Wasson.

Ketchikan's Shawn Sande drove in two runs, including an RBI single in the seventh inning that made it 5-3.

Luke Jones and Casey Hendricks had two hits apiece.

Service manager Willie Paul's team will now face state third-place finisher Juneau Post 25 on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium. The winner of that game will receive Alaska's second berth to the Northwest Category A Regional Tournament [NWCART] Aug. 7-11 in Logan, Utah.

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

Matson Invitational Individual Awards

Gold Glove

#24 LJ Felix 21 for 22 .957 fielding percentage West Post 1 

Top Pitcher

#5 Balas Buckmaster 11 2/3 IP 1-0 1 ER 0.77 ERA 8 Ks East Post 34 

Big Stick

#1 Spencer Erikson 4 runs 2 2B 4 RBI 3BB 3 HBP .333 BA .478 OBP Ketchikan Post 3 

MVP

#23 Ronan Klancher 5 runs 1 3B 6 RBI 2 SB .428 BA .466 OBP Service Post 28 

Chugiak vs. Kenai to square off for Legion AA title Saturday

The Alaska Legion AA Baseball State Tournament seems like 2012 all over again.

Chugiak Post 33 advances to championship game unbeaten, while Kenai Post 20 battled through the loser's bracket to reach the final.

Kenai won the title that year.

We will see which team walks away with the 2015 trophy Saturday afternoon. No. 1 Chugiak will face No. 6 Kenai at 3 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium. There is an if-necessary game scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Chugiak swept Kenai in all three games during the regular season, including two league games, 6-3 and 11-9. 

Let's take a closer look at both teams:

Chugiak Post 33

The top-seeded Mustangs are 28-2 this season and have been the best baseball team in Alaska since high school. Chugiak won the ASAA state title in June and clinched the No. 1 seed after having the best record in Legion AA this summer.

Head coach Doug Henie's team has won 39 of its last 43 games.

The Mustangs are 3-0 in the state tournament after beating No. 8 Fairbanks 30, No. 5 Valley and No. 2 Juneau.

Chugiak has a .323 team batting average during the tournament and a 1.67 team ERA.

Picking an all-star on Chugiak is like picking a dandelion - they are everywhere.

Kenai Post 20

The sixth-seeded Twins [22-11] are a resilient group, having won four consecutive elimination games to reach Saturday.

They were especially effective Friday, winning consecutive games over No. 3 South and No. 2 Juneau by one run. In fact, both victories were courtesy of a bases-loaded walk.

Kenai's batting stats don't jump off the page, but that doesn't mean they are easy outs.

They are actually tough as nails. 

The Twins take pitches, work the count and wear down a pitching staff with base on balls. Kenai batters have walked 29 times, more than any team in the state tournament.

Past Legion State Champions

10 – East Post 34 [1974, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006]

7 – Dimond Post 21 [1986, 1987, 1999, 2000 2002, 2010, 2011]

7 – Chugiak Post 33 [1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2013]

4 – Fairbanks Post 11 [1970, 1973, 1975, 1978]

3 – Kenai Post 20 [1991, 1995, 2012]

3 – South Post 4 [2007, 2009, 2014]

3 – West Post 1 [1967, 1968, 1977]

2 – Bartlett Post 29 [1972, 1981]

2 - Juneau Post 25 [1983, 1984]

2 – Service Post 28 [1991, 2001]

1 – Kodiak Post 17 [1985]

1 – Wasilla Post 35 [1990]

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

Day 4 recap for State Tournament/Matson Invitational

STATE TOURNAMENT

GM12 Kenai 4, South 3, 11 innings

Jacob Sonnen drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded to plate the winning run as No. 6 Kenai outlasted No. 3 South in 11 innings in an elimination game.

Thomas Bowe homered and picked up the win with three innings of relief pitching.

Josh Darrow and Calvin Hills also drove in runs for Kenai, which avenged a first-round loss to South.

South's Sladen Mohl homered and was one of four players to get two hits; Maximilian Costello, Jonny Homza and Trevor McGinnis were the others.

Costello, Homza and Mohl had RBIs.

Both starters pitched wonferfully but neither factored in the decision. Kenai's Matthew Daugherty and Parker Johnson each went eight innings and allowed three earned runs.

South, the defending state champion, was eliminated and finished fourth in the tournament.

GM13: Kenai 3, Juneau 2

Playing its second straight game - just hours after going extra innings - No. 6 Kenai showed little fatigue and scored the winning run in the eighth inning to knock out No. 2 Juneau.

Josh Darrow walked with the bases loaded and two outs to score Michael Swoboda with the winning run.

Swoboda led off the eighth with a walk and was sacrificed to second with a bunt. Jacob Sonnen, the hero for the Twins in the earlier game, walked to load the bags.

It was Kenai's second win of the day via a bases-loaded walk.

Justice Miller pitched three perfect innings of relief to get the win. Starter Tyler Covey tossed six effective innings.

Nathan Klein and Tod Baseden drove in runs for Juneau, which tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning.

Juneau starter Finn Collins allowed three hits and two runs over six innings.

Juneau was eliminated from the tournament and finished third.

Kenai advanced to Saturday's state championship game against No. Chugiak.

STATE TOURNAMENT

Friday at Mulcahy Stadium

[6] Kenai 5. [3] South 4 - elimination game

[6] Kenai 3, [2] Juneau 2 - elimination game

Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium

3pm [6] Kenai Post 20 vs. [1] Chugiak Post 33 - championship game

6:30pm If-necessary game

MATSON INVITATIONAL

West 5, East 2

Sean Duffy was brilliant on the mound and combined with reliever Declan Dammeyer for a 2-hitter as No. 13 West beat No. 14 East in an elimination game.

Duffy allowed just one hit over seven innings of work. He struck out 11 and walked just three. Only one run he allowed was earned.

West scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to build a 3-0 lead.

East got within 3-1 in the fifth before West responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Joseph Quinn drove in two runs for West. Dillon Oberly doubled, scored a run and collected an RBI.

East was eliminated from tournament action.

Ketchikan 6, West 5

Spencer Erickson scored the winning run and Austin Erickson was the winning pitcher as No. 11 Ketchikan edged No. 13 West in a loser-out game.

Spencer Erickson led off the seventh inning with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Luke Jones's bunt.

Ketchikan's Jacob Shay, Kadin Hallstrom, Casey Hendricks and Trevan Scott all drove in runs for the Kings.

Austin Erickson came in relief in the fourth inning and pitched the final five innings, allowing four hits and just one run.

Dyson Dammeyer went 2-for-2 with a run and RBI  for West. Teammates Declan Dammeyer, Joseph Quinn, Sean Smith and Luis Montilla also had RBIs.

West was eliminated from the tournament.

Ketchikan advanced to Saturday's Matson Invitational championship game against No. 9 Service at 10 a.m. at Bartlett High School.

MATSON INVITATIONAL

Friday at Bartlett High School

 [13] West 5, [14] East 2 - elimination game

.[11] Ketchikan 6, [13] West 5 - elimination game

Saturday at Bartlett High School

10am Ketchikan Post 3 vs. [9] Service Post 28 - championship game

1pm If-necessary game

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

Day 3 recap for State Tournament, Matson Invitational

STATE TOURNAMENT

GM9: Kenai 6, Valley 3

Joey Becher tossed six shutout innings and Kenneth Griffin tripled and scored twice as No. 6 Kenai doubled up No. 5 Valley in an elimination game.

Jake Conver went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Griffin and Justice Miller each drove in single runs. Josh Darrow had two hits and two stolen bases.

Becher scattered three hits and seven walks. He struck out six. Thomas Bowe got the final four outs for the save.

The Valley's Buddy Dale collected three of his team's seven hits. Cooper McLaughlin, Dalton McHugill and Joshua Finch drove in runs for the Twins.

The Valley was eliminated and finished sixth in the tournament.

GM10: South 6, Dimond 1

Jonny Homza fired a 2-hitter over seven shutout innings of work to lift No. 3 South over No. 4 Dimond in an elimination game.

Homza was lights out on the bump, issuing no walks and striking out four.

He swung the ball well, too, banging out two hits with a run and RBI.

Tommy Koloski went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Dimond's Joe Fitka homered in the ninth off Lian Lincoln.

The Lynx finished with five hits, with Noah Alexander getting two of them.

Dimond was eliminated and finished fifth in the tournament.

GM11: Chugiak 13, Juneau 5

Jake Kindred's two-run double in the fourth inning capped a five-run rally that carried No. 1 Chugiak past No. 2 Juneau in a winner's bracket game.

Trailing 4-0, Chugiak scored five straight runs with two outs to take the lead. Juneau tied it in the sixth but Chugiak again responded with a three spot in the bottom half.

Chugiak put the game away with four runs in the eighth, earning a spot in Saturday's state title game.

The teams came into the game with a 52-4 combined record.

Chugiak's Sam Hanson drove in three RBIs and four other players finished with 1 RBI.

Juneau outhit the Mustangs 10-7, with JR Markovich's 4-for-5 leading the way. He also scored a run and drove in two.

STATE TOURNAMENT

Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium

[6] Kenai 6, [5] Valley 3 - elimination game

[3] South 6, [4] Dimond 1 - elimination game

[1] Chugiak 13, [2] Juneau 5 - winner's bracket

MATSON INVITATIONAL

West 11, Bartlett 3

Sean Smith pitched eight strong innings as No. 13 West beat No. 15 Bartlett to survice in the loser's bracket.

Smith allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out eight. He also collected an RBI with the bat.

LJ Felix, Sean Duffy and Joseph Quinn each had two RBIs.

Eight of nine West starters got a hit.

Bartlett's Halquay Haoli had two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI.

Bartlett was eliminated from tournament play.

East 11, Eagle River 1

Ryan Solberg went 2-for-4 with four RBIs as No. 14 East ran away from No. 12 Eagle River in a loser-out game.

East amassed 10 hits and scored four times in the third inning, twice in the sixth and three more in the eighth.

Starter Balas Buckmaster went the whole way; the game was called after eight innings due to mercy rule.

He allowed just four hits, although he walked six. He struck out five.

Buckmaster also scored three times and finished 1-for-3.

Eagle River's Cody Keith drove in his team's lone run. Pete Kott went 2-for-3 and scored the run.

The loss knocked Eagle River out of the tournament.

Service 10, Ketchikan 6

The top of the lineup collected six of eight hits and drove in all six runs as No. 9 Service beat No. 11 Ketchikan 10-6 in a winner's bracket game.

Hitters Nos. 1-4 Ronan Klancher, Raleigh Pigg, Nick Hall and Derek Scoggins were the hitters that did the most damage.

Pigg and Hall each had two hits and two RBIs. Daltin Johson scored three times.

Service built a 5-0 lead only to see Ketchikan get within 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning.

By the bottom of the fourth ended, though, Service pushed its lead back to a comfortable margin at 9-4.

Ketchikan's Spencer Erickson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Tony Tocco delivered a pair of RBIs.

Service advance to Saturday's championship game.

MATSON INVITATIONAL

Thursday at Bartlett High School

[13] West 11, [15] Bartlett 3 - elimination game

[14] East 11, [12] Eagle River 1 - elimination game

[9] Service 10, [11] Ketchikan 6 - winner's bracket

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

2015 Alaska Legion AA Baseball Team of Excellence

Starting Pitcher

Nathan Klein - Juneau Post 25

Tommy Koloski - South Post 4

Jimmy Lanier - Chugiak Post 33

Joe Fitka - Dimond Post 21

Dalton McHugill - Valley Post 35/15

Joey Becher - Kenai Post 20

RJ Markovich - Juneau Post 25

Tyler Hill - Fairbanks Post 11

Catcher

Kenny Griffin - Kenai Post 20

Jack Straub - Chugiak Post 33

Jeffrey Forster - Valley Post 35/15

Relief Pitcher

Zachary Brueggemann - Chugiak Post 33

Lucas Thorp - Dimond Post 21

Sam Bennett - Kodiak Post 17

Infield

Jonny Homza - South Post 4

Raleigh Pigg - Service Post 28

Zachary Bohrer - Chugiak Post 33

Jake Kindred - Chugiak Post 33

Nathan Klein - Juneau Post 25

Joe Schactler - Kodiak Post 17

Terrell Ford - Fairbanks Post 30

Ben Hall - Fairbanks Post 30

Preston Micheletto - Dimond Post 21

Outfield

Lian Lincoln - South Post 4

Buddy Dale - Valley Post 35/15

RJ Markovich - Juneau Post 25

Zachary Brueggemann - Chugiak Post 33

Vander Lekites - Chugiak Post 33

Luke Jones - Ketchikan Post 3

Utility

Peter Kott - Eagle River

Michael Fitzpatrick - Fairbanks Post 30

Finn Collins - Juneau Post 25

Coaches of the Year

Andy Macaulay - Juneau Post 25

Doug Henie - Chugiak Post 33

Cliff Butcher - South Post 4

HONORABLE MENTION

Infield - Sam Bennett Kodiak Post 17; Zeb Storie Juneau Post 25; Joe Fitka Dimond Post 21; Lucas Thorp Dimond Post 21; Josh Darrow Kenai Post 20; Tommy Bowe Kenai Post 20; Trent Chiu Fairbanks 11; LJ Felx West Post 1; Ryan Dudley Bartlett Post 28; Ryan Solberg East Post 34.

Outfield - Frank Carlson Kodiak Post 17; Matt Cunningham Juneau Post 25; Tod Baseden Juneau Post 25; Colin King Fairbanks Post 30; Parker Johnson South Post 4; Nick Hall Service Post 28; Noah Alexander Dimond Post 21; Cody Keith Eagle River; Carl Gatter East Post 34.

Catcher - Kyle Bremont Dimond Post 21; Dmitri Torres Bartlett Post 28.

Utility - Spencer Erickson Ketchikan Post 3; Logan Sanders Valley Post 35/15; Ronan Klancher Service Post 28.

Pitcher - Matt Hess Chugiak Post 33; Jake Andresen Dimond Post 21; Alex Schlegel South Post 4; Casey Lewandowski Fairbanks Post 11; Sean Duffy West Post 1.

Day 2 recap for State Tournament, Matson Invitational

STATE TOURNAMENT

GM5: Kenai 4, Fairbanks [11] 2

The No. 6 Twins manufactured two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to escape a close call with No. 7 Fairbanks Post 11 in an elimination game.

Kenneth Griffin scored on a fielder's choice and Thomas Bowe came home on a passed ball. Josh Darrow, Justice Miller and Jake Conver each had RBIs.

Kyle Johnson started and went seven strong innings but did not factor in the decision. Reliever Klayton Justice pitched two innings to get the win.

Fairbanks starter Casey Lewandowski pitched an 8-inning CG but suffered a hard-luck loss. He struck out a half dozen and walked zero.

Fairbanks 11 was eliminated and finished eighth in the tournament.

GM6: Dimond 17, Fairbanks [30] 10

The No. 4 Lynx broke out the bats with 19 hits and three big innings en route to a slugfest victory that knocked No. 8 Fairbanks 30 out of the state tournament.

Lucas Thorp went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored as eight of nine starters found the hit column.

Kyle Bremont and Jack Hoen each had three RBIs, and Joe Fitka and Tony Hillman each had three hits.

Fairbanks showed plenty of fight, scoring in six of nine innings and rallying for three runs in the seventh to stave off the mercy rule.

Terrell Ford went 2-for-6 with three RBIs and Colin King had two RBIs for Fairbanks 30, which finished seventh.

GM7: Juneau 8, South 0

Bryce Swofford threw a 4-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to lead No. 2 Juneau past defending state champion and No. 3 South in a winner's bracket game.

Tod Baseden went 4-for-5. He and JR Markovich had two RBIs and two runs. Alex Muir drove in three runs.

Juneau broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning.

Tommy Koloski's double highlighted South's offense.

GM8: Chugiak 7, Valley 3

Jimmy Lanier continued to pitch beautifully in big games this season, collecting another win as No. 1 Chugiak picked up its state-best 27th victory this season.

Lanier scattered five hits and five walks over 6.2 innings. The right hander won the high school state championship game and beat Castroville [Texas] during the BP Invitational, the team's only loss in 13 games in Alaska.

Zachary Bohrer, Charlie Bucolo and Jack Straub drove in runs. Bohrer also swpited a pair of bags.

The game was 2-2 in the fourth inning when Chugiak plated the next four runs to take control.

The Valley's Matthew Palmer, Blake Marks and Dalton McHugill collected RBIs.

STATE TOURNAMENT

Wednesday At Mulcahy Stadium

[6] Kenai 4, [7] Fairbanks (11) 2 - elimination game

[4] Dimond 16, [8] Fairbanks (30) 5 - elimination game

[2] Juneau 8, [3] South 0 - winner's bracket

[1] Chugiak 7, [5] Valley 3 - winner's bracket

MATSON INVITATIONAL

Eagle River 5, Kodiak 3

Pete Kott pitched four innings of scoreless relief as No. 12 Eagle River rallied past No. 10 Kodiak to avoid elinimation.

The Wolves scored three unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit.

Kott also collected two base hits and scored twice. Brendan Miles drove in his team's lone RBI.

Sam Bennett and Jakob Arnold each went 2-for-5 for Kodiak, which was kocked out of the tournament.

Service 11, East 7

Ronan Klancher tripled and finished with two hits and three RBIs as No. 9 Service defeated No. 14 East in a winner's bracket game.

Cobey Cupp and Luke Giffin each had RBIs while Jake Wasson, Jaren Childs and Daltin Johson also drove in runs.

Service led 6-1 before East roared back to tie the game 7-7 in the seventh inning.

Balas Buckmaster and Yerarmy Valdez-Aristy had had two hits including a double. They each scored twice and stole a base. Buckmaster also had two RBIs.

East's Ryan Solberg pitched 7.2 innings of relief, limiting Service to three earned runs.

Ketchikan 13, West 5

Jack Carson was the man, throwing seven strong innings and getting three hits with an RBI at the plate to lead No. 11 Ketchikan over No. 13 West in the winner's bracket.

Carson worked around six walks to earn the win.

Five Ketchikan players had two or more hits. Luke Jones had two hits, two RBIs and three stolen bases.

West's Sean Smith doubled and drove in two runs.

MATSON INVITATIONAL

Wednesday At Bartlett High School

[12] Eagle River 5, [10] Kodiak 3 - elimination game

[9] Service 11, [14] East 7 - winner's bracket

[11] Ketchikan 13, [13] West 5 - winner's bracket

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

Day 1 recap of State Tournament, Matson Invitational

STATE TOURNAMENT

GM1: South 4, Kenai 3

Parker Johnson's RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning allowed No. 3 South to be a walk-off winner over No. 6 Kenai.

Lian Lincoln scored the winning run and starting pitcher Tommy Koloski went the whole way.

Koloski gave up six hits, one walk and one earned run. The big boy struck out 10.

Kenai looked to be in control after building a 3-0 lead and then held a 3-2 advantage going into the ninth inning.

Twins starter Matthew Daugherty allowed just one hit over 6.2 innings of work.

GM2: Juneau 5, Fairbanks [11] 2

Nathan Klein outdueled Tyler Hill in a pitcher's battle as both guys went the distance in No. 2 Juneau's win over No. 7 Fairbanks 11.

Klein finished with a 3-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Only one run was earned, but he did walk a half dozen.

Hill gave up seven hits with six Ks in an eight-inning CG.

JR Markovich, Finn Collins, Alex Swofford Klein all finished with RBIs.

Stanley Skorulski went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Fairbanks.

GM3: Valley 3, Dimond 0

Dalton McHugill pitched a masterful 2-hit shutout as No. 5 Valley silenced No. 4 Dimond.

McHugill walked 5 and struck out 8 en route to a 116-pitch gem.

Buddy Dale went 3-for-5 as seven of nine Valley starters got base knocks. Dale, Blake Marks and McHugill had RBIs in a 10-hit attack.

Dimond's Noah Alexander and Joe Fitka produced Dimond's only hits, both singles.

GM4: Chugiak 6, Fairbanks [30] 0

 Top-seeded Chugiak showcased a little bit of everything en route to beating No. 8 Fairbanks 30 in the final game of the day.

The Mustangs had 15 hits behind Charlie Bucolo's 3-for-4 effort. Matthew Hess and Brady Lindberg each had two hits and two RBIs. Vander Lekites went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs.

Blake Kutch and Sam Hanson combined on a 7-hit shutout. Kutch started and scattered five hits and three walks over seven innings of work. He fanned 8. Hanson went the final two for the save.

Fairbanks starter Terrell Ford threw seven innings and was the only player on his team with two hits.

MATSON INVITATIONAL

GM1: East 8, Bartlett 3

Stanley Nolberto and Ryan Solberg each finished with 2 RBIs as East's 12-hit attack led the No. 14 T-birds over the No. 15 Bears.

Laauli Tosi and Balas Buckmaster combined on a 2-hitter. Tosi started and went the first 5.1 before Buckmaster came in and collected a rare 3.1-inning save.

Logan Herman and Yerarmy Valdez-Aristy each drove in runs for East and Azzur Neely scored three times.

Bartlett's Alex Franklin had two RBIs, Dimitri Torres drove in a run and scored a run, and Eddy Cordero doubled for his team's only extra-base hit.

GM2: West 13, Kodiak 6

LJ Felix tripled and finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs as the No. 13 Eagles upset No. 10 Kodiak.

Dillon Oberly pitched eight innings to earn the win and he collected a pair of hits with an RBI at the plate.

Sean Duffy, Joseph Quinn and Dyson Dammeyer each added two RBIs for West.

Kodiak's Giovanni Martinez, Louie Rocheleau and Trenton Foxworthy each drove in runs.

GM3: Ketchikan 4, Eagle River 3

Spencer Erickson wiggled out of some ninth inning trouble to save the win for starter Austin Erickson as No. 11 Ketchikan edged No. 12 Eagle River.

Ketchikan threw out a baserunner at home trying to score the tying run. It was the second out of the inning. But there were still runners at second and third when a flyout ended the threat.

Jackson Pool and Luke Jones each had RBIs and Spencer Erickson went 2-for-3 with a double and run.

Quincy Cooper pitched 5.2 innings and banged out two base hits. Lauren Frost scored twice and Christan Fredrick and Aaron Davis each drove in runs.

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

Day 1 State Tournament

Tuesday At Mulcahy Stadium

[3] South 4, [6] Kenai 3

[2] Juneau 5, [7] Fairbanks 11  2

[5] Valley 3, [4] Dimond 0

[1] Chugiak 6, [8] Fairbanks 30 0

Day 1 Matson Invitational

Tuesday At Bartlett High School

[14] East 8, [15] Bartlett 3

[13] West 13, [10] Kodiak 6

[11] Ketchikan 4, [12] Eagle River 3

Legion AA postseason starts Tuesday w/ State, Matson

The road to the Northwest Regional begins Tuesday when the Alaska Legion Baseball State Tournament gets started at Mulcahy Stadium.

Day 1 State Tournament schedule:

9 AM [6] Kenai Post 20 vs. [3] South Post 4

12 PM [7] Fairbanks Post 11 vs. [2] Juneau Post 25

3:15 PM [5] Valley Post 35/15 vs. [4] Dimond Post 21

**6:30 PM [8] Fairbanks Post 30 vs. [1] Chugiak Post 33

**radio [93.7-FM]

The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday’s championship game at 3 p.m., with an if-necessary game at 6:30.

Follow every pitch of the state tournament thanks to our live viewing and scoring links.

Watch live:

https://iframe.dacast.com/b/38132/c/70225

Live scoring:

http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/baseball/scorecast.html?c=954B47E74E

The ALB state champion will represent Alaska at the Northwest Regional, Aug. 5-9 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The second-place finisher at the ALB state tournament will also travel Outside, qualifying for the NWCART regional event, Aug. 7-11 in Logan, Utah.

State Champions Through the Years

10 – East Post 34 [1974, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006]

7 – Dimond Post 21 [1986, 1987, 1999, 2000 2002, 2010, 2011]

7 – Chugiak Post 33 [1989, 1994, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2008, 2013]

4 – Fairbanks Post 11 [1970, 1973, 1975, 1978]

3 – Kenai Post 20 [1991, 1995, 2012]

3 – South Post 4 [2007, 2009, 2014]

3 – West Post 1 [1967, 1968, 1977]

2 – Bartlett Post 29 [1972, 1981]

2 - Juneau Post 25 [1983, 1984]

2 – Service Post 28 [1991, 2001]

1 – Kodiak Post 17 [1985]

1 – Wasilla Post 35 [1990]

Matson Invitational

The second annual Matson Invitational begins Tuesday afternoon at Bartlett High School.

Day 1 Matson schedule:

11 a.m. [15] Bartlett Post 28 vs. [14] East Post 34

2:30 p.m. [10] Kodiak Post 17 vs. [13] West Post 1

6 p.m. [12] Eagle River vs. [11] Ketchikan Post 3

[9] Service bye

Follow the action with live scoring:

 http://iscorecentral.com/7FE5D32A05

 The Matson Invitational winner will play the third-place finisher from the state tournament on Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. for Alaska’s third regional berth. The winner of that game will also qualify for the NWCART.

Anchorage hosted the NWCART last season at Mulcahy Stadium.

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

Legion A Invitational starts Thursday, title game Sunday

Gm 1 Thursday  6pm  9 Eagle River vs 8 Service at Polar

 Gm 2  Friday     4pm   7 Fairbanks 11 v 2 Dimond at K-4

Gm 3  Friday     4pm   6 Fairbanks 30 v 3 Kenai  at  K-3

Gm 4  Friday      7pm   5 Chugiak vs. 4 South-Black at K-3

Gm 5  Friday     7pm   Gm #1 winner vs. 1 South-Gold at K4

 Gm 6  Saturday    11am  winner gm 2 vs winner gm 3 at K-3

Gm 7  Saturday    11am  winner gm 5 vs winner gm 4 at K-4

Gm 8  Saturday    11am    loser of Gm #1 vs loser gm 4 at  K-1 **

Gm 9  Saturday    11am  loser of Gm #2  vs loser gm  3 at K-2  **

** will be made up at 2pm on K-3 and K-4 if rained out. 

 Gm 10  Sunday    12noon   Loser Gm #5 vs winner of gm #9  Polar

Gm  11 Sunday    12noon   3rd place  Loser Game 6 vs Loser Gm 7  Bartlett

Gm 12 Sunday  3pm   Championship Game Bartlett

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State Tournament

Bracket
Watch live
Live scoring

Matson Invitational

Bracket
Live Scoring

Alaska Legion AA Standings

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

Points: 4 Win 2 Tie 1 Loss 0 Forfeit
Each team plays 18 league games [top 8 advance to State Tournament; the rest Matson Lines Invitational]

*State Tournament qualifier

July 28 - Aug. 2

ALB Postseason 

State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

Matson Invitational, Bartlett High School

END REGULAR SEASON

July 26 League

West 18, Service 15

Dimond 8, West 7

July 25 League

South 15, Kodiak 3

Chugiak 13, Fairbanks [11] 3

Fairbanks [30] 11, Bartlett 0

Fairbanks [30] 13, Bartlett 2

Service 4, Kenai 3

Fairbanks [11] 16, Chugiak 3

Valley 10, Ketchikan 3

July 24 League 

Valley 1, Kodiak 0

Valley 10, Kodiak 0

Service 4, South 3

Chugiak 13, Fairbanks [30] 0

Chugiak 8, Fairbanks [30] 4

Juneau 3, Fairbanks [11] 1

Kenai 10, Eagle River 9

East 9, Ketchikan 8

July 23 League

Juneau 12, Eagle River 2

Kodiak 8, Ketchikan 6

South 4, Dimond 3

July 22 League

Service 7, Bartlett 0 F

July 21 League

Kenai 10, Dimond 3

July 20 League

Eagle River 9, West 3

July 19 League

Dimond 17, East 1

July 18 League

Fairbanks [30] 9, Kenai 7

Kenai 7, Fairbanks [30] 2

Chugiak 8, Kodiak 1

Chugiak 8, Kodiak 2

South 6, Ketchikan 0

South 13, Ketchikan 9

Valley 3, Juneau 1

Juneau 8, Valley 3

Fairbanks [11] 16, Eagle River 15

Fairbanks [11] 10, Eagle River 0

July 17 League

Kenai 5, Fairbanks [11] 4

Kenai 8, Fairbanks [11] 3

Fairbanks [30] 20, Eagle River 3

July 16 League

Service 6, Dimond 5

July 15 League

Bartlett 12, West 2

South 15, East 0

Fairbanks [11] 9, Fairbanks [30] 4

July 14 League

Kenai 5, West 4

Valley 12, East 0

Chugiak 7, Eagle River 4

South 8, Dimond 7

July 13 League

No games

July 12 BP Invitational

Service 10, Eagle River 5

Castroville [TX] 11, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 4

Dimond 6, Napoleon [OH] 3

Chugiak 8, South 3

Championship game - Castroville [TX] 10, Dimond 0

July 12 League

Fairbanks [11] 9, Valley 8

July 11 BP Invitational

Castroville [TX] 10, Napoleon [OH] 3

Napoleon [OH] 11, Eagle River 1

Dimond 12, Service 7

Chugiak 8, Castroville [TX] 7

Team Avenue Acedmy [CA] 7, South 2

July 11 League

Kenai 14, East 0

Kodiak 14, Bartlett 5

Bartlett 5, Kodiak 4

Juneau 9, Ketchikan 2

Fairbanks [30] 11, Valley 5

Valley 10, Fairbanks [30] 3

July 10 BP Invitational

Team Avenue Academy [CA] 6, Service 1

South 4, Service 3

Napoleon [OH] 7, Chugiak 2

Castroville [TX] 14, Eagle River 3

Dimond 10, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 6

July 10 League

Juneau 11, Ketchikan 0

Fairbanks [11] 5, Valley 1

July 9 BP Invitational

Chugiak 7, Eagle River 1

Dimond 9, South 1

July 9 Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament

Team Avenue Academy [CA] 10, East 0

Kenai 10, Service 0

Castroville [TX] 4, Napoleon [OH] 1

July 8 Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament

East 4, Kenai 4 [East awarded win via tiebreaker]

Napoleon [OH] 2, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 1

Castroville [TX] 3, Service 2

July 7 League

Chugiak 4, Bartlett 1

July 7 Bill Miller Big Fish Wood Bat Tournament

Napoleon [OH] 10, Service 0

Castroville [TX] 9, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 5

Napoleon [OH] 16, East 1

Team Avenue Academy [CA] 10, Kenai 7

Service 9, East 2

Castroville [TX] 4, Kenai 0

July 6 League

No games

July 5 Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament

Napoloen [OH] 10, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 0

Castroville [TX] 3, Valley 2

July 5 League

Dimond 5, Service 0

South 3, West 1

July 4 Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament

Castroville [TX] 10, Napoleon [OH] 5

Team Avenue Academy [CA] 18, Bartlett 2

Valley 19, Bartlett 7

July 3 Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament

Castroville [TX] 11, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 1

Castroville [TX] 7, Bartlett 0

Napoleon [OH] 7, Valley 4

July 3 League  

Service 9, Eagle River 7

Dimond 4, West 3

July 2 Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament  

Napoleon [OH] 7, Bartlett 0

Valley 8, Team Avenue Academy [CA] 1

July 2 League  

Juneau 8, South 3

Juneau 4, South 3

July 1 League  

Kenai 3, South 2

Ketchikan 4, Service 3

Service 7, Ketchikan 3

Eagle River 10 , Bartlett 1

Fairbanks [30] 5, Fairbanks [11] 2

West 16, East 4

Chugiak 4, Dimond 3

June 30 League  

Juneau 7, Kodiak 5

Chugiak 12, Valley 0

June 29 League  

Kenai 9, Bartlett 2

Juneau 11, West 3

Chugiak 21, Ketchikan 0

Kodiak 13, East 6

June 28 League  

Kodiak 5, Fairbanks [11] 3

Juneau 16, West 0

Dimond 7, Valley 2

Ketchikan 9, Eagle River 5

Service 6, East 1

June 27 League  

Fairbanks [11] 3, Bartlett 1

Fairbanks [11] 8, Bartlett 1

Chugiak 6, Kenai 3

West 13, Service 5

Kodiak 11, Fairbanks [30] 7

Fairbanks [30] 13, Kodiak 3

June 26 League  

Valley 10, Service 3

Dimond 12, Juneau 7

Ketchikan 9, East 2

Fairbanks [11] 15, Kodiak 14

Fairbanks [30] 15, Eagle River 2

Juneau 7, Dimond 6

Ketchikan 6, East 2

June 25 League  

Juneau 22, Fairbanks [30] 0

South 11, East 1

Ketchikan 7, Bartlett 4

June 24 League  

Eagle River 13, Bartlett 10

South 4, Dimond 2

June 23 League  

Valley 6, Kenai 3

Dimond 4, West 3

Service 18, East 2

June 22 League  

No games

June 21 League  

Kodiak 5, Eagle River 3

Fairbanks [11] 9, West 8

Fairbanks [30] 11, Service 6

Chugiak 5, Bartlett 0

June 20 League  

Fairbanks [30] 15, West 5

Fairbanks [11] 10, Service 1

Kenai 6, Bartlett 0

Dimond 4, Ketchikan 1

Dimond 7, Ketchikan 6

Juneau 11, East 1

Juneau 11, East 0

Kodiak 9, Eagle River 4

June 19 League  

Chugiak 11, Kenai 9

Valley 8, South 2

June 15-18

No games - College Coaches Camp

June 14 League  

Eagle River 3, East 1

Chugiak 7, Valley 2

June 13 League  

South 3, Fairbanks 11 2

Ketchikan 10, West 1

Juneau 10, Service 0

Juneau 3, Service 1

Kodiak 14, Kenai 4

Kodiak 3, Kenai 2

Valley 7, Eagle River 4

June 12 League  

Chugiak 12, Eagle River 1

Ketchikan 6, West 4

South 11, Fairbanks 30 0

June 11 League  

Valley 13, Bartlett 2

June 10 League  

Chugiak 14, East 4

June 9 League  

Kenai 12, Eagle River 2

Service 11, South 9

June 8 League  

Chugiak 10, Bartlett 1

Dimond 20, East 6

South 14, West 1

June 7 League  

Dimond 11, Bartlett 0

East 8, West 4

Legion A Chugiak Wood Bat

July 9

South-Black 6, Dimond 6, tie

South-Gold 9, Dimond 1

Chugiak 16, Fairbanks [30] 6

July 10

Fairbanks [30] 9, South-Black 8

Kenai 15, Chugiak 1

Kenai 10, South-Gold 0

July 11

South-Gold 7, Fairbanks [30] 0

Kenai 10, South-Black 5

Chugiak 7, Dimond 6

South-Gold 7, Chugiak 3

Kenai 6, Fairbanks [30] 0

July 12

Dimond 9, South-Black 1

Fairbanks [30] 5, Chugiak 3

Championship: South-Gold 5, Kenai 0

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2015 High School Standings

Cook Inlet Conference
Team League

Championship Group

**#$Chugiak

 

8-2

**South Anchorage 8-2
Dimond 6-4
Service 4-6

Consolation Group

Bartlett

 

5-5

Eagle River 5-5
West Anchorage 2-8
East Anchorage 2-8

Each team played 10 league games

$State champion

#Conference champion

**Qualfied for ASAA State Tournament

Mid Alaska Conference
Team League
**#Lathrop 10-0
**West Valley 8-2
North Pole 5-5

Monroe Catholic

5-5
Delta Junction 1-9
Eielson 1-9

Each team played 10 league games in the regular season

**Qualified for ASAA State Tournament

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

Each team played 10 league games in regular season

#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

Each team played 12 league games in regular season

#Conference champion

**Qualified for ASAA State Tournament



Legion AA Schedule

Revised July 1st:

Legion A Schedule

Revised July 6th:



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

**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