Chugiak, Wasilla survive on Day 2 of Legion State Tournament

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 26, 2014

A couple of division winners in the regular season got back on the winning track Saturday at the Alaska Legion State Tournament.

Defending state champion Chugiak and No. 1 Wasilla each picked up consolation victories at Mulcahy Stadium to avoid elimination on Day 2 of the tournament.

No. 3 Chugiak scored three runs over the final three innings in a 9-7 win over No. 2 Service.

Deven Ferriss, the team’s lone 19-year-old, recorded three hits, scored three runs, stole a base and picked up a save with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Chugiak’s Sam Hanson, Jimmy Lanier and Jared Phearson all drove in two runs apiece. John Ives scored twice.

Chugiak [19-12] plays again Monday.

Service’s Ryan Caron tripled, walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice. Brandon Sakamoto went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Service ended the season 20-8.

Wasilla jumped all over Eagle River for an 10-3 victory, scoring in each of the first five innings including four in the first.

Matt Palmer’s 4-for-4 performance led an 11-hit attack. Palmer also roped a double, swiped three bags and scored three times. 

Ben Ross went 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs, and Jacob Butcher was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Ross is an all-state slugger who has delivered seven RBIs in two state tournament games.

Wasilla pitcher Dalton McHugill earned the win after tossing seven innings, scattering seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven.

Wasilla [24-6] has won more games than any other Alaska team. The Road Warriors will play again Monday.

Eagle River finished the season 18-10.

Here is Sunday’s schedule:

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

1 PM #7 Juneau [18-9] vs. #6 Dimond [19-10]

4 PM #8 South [16-12] vs. #5 Kenai [17-10]

Kodiak, Ketchikan advance in Horizon Lines Invitational

They got started a day late after getting rained out, so Kodiak and Ketchikan made up for lost time Saturday in the Horizon Lines Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Both teams secured first round wins in the consolation tournament, moving into the winner’s bracket with Bartlett and Fairbanks 30.

Top-seeded Kodiak beat West 15-4 in seven innings behind Jacob Arnold’s two-hitter. He struck out nine and walked five.

Austin Frick had two hits and five RBIs, and Jon Levan and Brandon Pickett combined to score seven times.

Ketchikan scored three runs over the final two innings, including two in the bottom of the ninth inning, to beat East 4-3.

Shawn Sande drove in three runs and Alec Simmons plated another run for the Salmons.

East’s Yerarmy Aristy-Valdez went 4-for-4 in the loss.

In loser’s bracket action, Fairbanks 11 beat Palmer 16-2 and East knocked off West 9-4.

Here is Sunday’s schedule:

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High School

1 PM #3 Bartlett vs. #2 Fairbanks 30

4 PM #4 Ketchikan vs. #1 Kodiak

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