Bats come alive for South, Juneau on Day 5 of State

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 29, 2014

The South Post 4 baseball factory keeps spitting out players and the Wolverines keep winning.

South jumped all over Dimond Post 21 Tuesday afternoon, winning 14-1 in five innings in the first semifinal of the Alaska Legion State Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

South [18-12] advanced to the Legion state championship game for the second consecutive season and the fifth time since 2007.

Max Micks went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs to lead a Wolverines attack that banged out nine base hits and drew 11 walks.

Parker Johnson had two hits, two walks and two stolen bases. He also scored three runs. Alec Valdez also had two hits and scored three times. 

South’s Sage Dudick had two RBIs and pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Dimond’s Payton Lauwers and Jordan Clevenger had their team’s lone hits. 

The Lynx fell to 20-11 and will play Juneau Post 25 in an elimination game Wednesday morning.

Juneau beat Chugiak Post 33 by a 14-9 score in a consolation game earlier in the day to advance in the state tournament. The Midnight Suns collected 15 hits and 13 walks and got a strong start from Robert Markovich.

Markovich struck out seven batters over seven innings before Jacob Thibodeau and Nathan Klein finished things up out of the bullpen.

Steven Baseden had quite the day, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs. Teammate Michael Dale was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

Chugiak’s Sam Hansen went 3-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a pair of runs. Jimmy Lanier pitched five innings of one-run relief.

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

Wednesday’s Game

11 AM #7 Juneau [20-10] vs. #6 Dimond [20-11]

Thursday Games

2 PM Championship Game: #8 South [18-12] vs. TBD

6 PM If-Necessary Game

Golden Heart City rivals to meet for Horizon Lines title

A Fairbanks team is guaranteed to win the inaugural Horizon Lines Invitational.

That’s because two teams from the Golden Heart City are in the championship game.

The Fairbanks Post 11 49ers won back-to-back games Tuesday at Bartlett High School, beating Bartlett Post 29 15-0 in the first game and Ketchikan Post 3 7-4 in the second game.

The 49ers needed both wins to advance to the title game against the Fairbanks Post 30 Wild.

In the first game, Taylor Geil tossed a three-hitter and the 49ers put the game away with an eight-run second inning and four-run fifth inning.

Derrick Overbay’s four RBIs led an offense that rapped out 11 base hits. Casey Lewandowski, Trent Chiu and Eric Grove all finished with two RBIs. Ryan Perdue had two hits, three runs and three stolen bases.

In the second game, Travis Wicken homered and finished with two RBIs for the winners. Jacob Kriebel and Lewandowski combined to pitch nine strong innings. Chui continued his hot bat with two more RBIs.

Ketchikan’s Austin Erickson went the distance on the mound and Shawn Sande went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High School

Wednesday’s Games

2 PM #6 Fbx 11 49ers vs. #2 Fbx 30 Wild

6 PM If-Necessary Game

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