CIC Tournament Semifinals: South 5, Dimond 2

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 25, 2022

Luke Ivanoff outdueled Logan Smith in a battle of flamethrowers and when the smoke cleared South's winning streak reached 40 after a 5-2 victory in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament semifinals at Mulcahy Stadium.

Ivanoff was incredible, striking out 11 over a 99-pitch complete-game performance. He scattered four hits and four walks but also struck out nine of nine batters in one stretch.

Smith was sensational despite one forgettable inning, not allowing a base hit until his 96th pitch when beat out an infield single deep in the hole at short.

Together, Ivanoff and Smith made opposing batters look like tourists - combining for 11 caught-looking strikeouts.

Smith struck out two hitters in the bottom of the second. Ivanoff struck out two in the top of the third.

Smith struck out the side in the bottom of third. Ivanoff struck out the side in the top of the fourth.

The win advanced South to next week's ASAA Division I state tournament and punched its ticket to tomorrow night's CIC championship game against Eagle River at 7:30.

South (22-0) scored four runs in the fourth inning without the benefit of a base hit after the first six batters reached base - BB, HBP, BB, BB, HBP, E5.

The Wolverines tacked on another run in the fifth inning aided by Oliver Brown's walk, Giffen's single and Ben Neuberger's sac fly - South's first RBI in the last 10 innings dating back to last weekend.

Smith allowed one hit and struck out eight over five innings.

Two weeks ago, South swept Dimond in a doubleheader by a combined score of 26-0.

But this is a much different Lynx squad. 

Confidence restored after winning four of its last five, including back-to-back tournament games.

Peyton Montagna went 2-for-3 with a run, Eli Lipinski smacked a two-run double and Smith walked twice. Shane Stephan singled and scored.

Dimond (8-11) will play Chugiak in tomorrow's CIC Tournament third-place game at 5 p.m.