Columbia [TN] beats South 5-0 for BP Invitational championship

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 13, 2014

After playing to a tie in their first meeting, Columbia Post 19 of Tennessee and South Post 4 had unfinished business in Sunday’s championship game.

The rematch was one sided

Charter Helton threw a five-hit shutout and tournament MVP Carter Bair drove in two runs as Columbia beat South 5-0 at Mulcahy Stadium in the 20th annual BP Invitational.

It was the second BP championship for Columbia since 2012, improving Mickey McKeel’s team to 9-1-1 in Anchorage.

Helton was lights out for seven innings, walking just one and striking out five. He was really never in any danger.

Bair and Taylor Gilbert each had 2 RBIs. Jake Usher also drove in a run. Five different players scored for Post 19.

South’s Parker Johnson had two hits for the Wolverines, who were looking to become the first Alaska team to win the BP championship since Dimond in 2010.

South and Columbia played to a 4-4 tie on Saturday, playing 10 innings before the 2-hour, 15-minute time limit. Tonight’s game was played in fewer than 90 minutes. 

“I’m really proud of the way they pulled together and hung in there against a very good team from the Lower 48,” South manager Cliff Butcher told me. “We had a blast.”

Bair was named tournament MVP after batting .375 in five tournament games, including .428 in two games against South. He drove in four runs, including two of the first three runs in the title tilt.

Columbia shortstop Peyton Sockwell won the Gold Glove award with a 1.000 fielding percentage – zero errors on 21 fielding attempts [13 putouts, 8 assists]. He also helped turn three double plays.

The top pitcher was Chris Crosby of Team Avenue. Crosby threw a no-hitter against South and didn’t allow a hit or a walk in 9.2 innings. He struck out 13.

The Big Stick award went to Canadian Jared Kennedy from the Strathmore Reds of Alberta. He went 8-for-14 for a .571 batting average. He also had four RBIs in four games.

Earlier in the day, Team Avenue beat Dimond 9-7 and Chugiak knocked off Eagle River 12-2. In the semifinals, Columbia beat Strathmore 2-0 and South beat Colchester, Vermont, 8-2 behind the trio of Nick Lopetrone, Max Micks and Spencer Floyd, who combined for seven RBIs.

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

After playing to a tie in their first meeting, Columbia Post 19 of Tennessee and South Post 4 had unfinished business in Sunday’s championship game.

The rematch was one sided

Charter Helton threw a five-hit shutout and tournament MVP Carter Bair drove in two runs as Columbia beat South 5-0 at Mulcahy Stadium in the 20th annual BP Invitational.

It was the second BP championship for Columbia since 2012, improving Mickey McKeel’s team to 9-0-1 in Anchorage.

Helton was lights out for seven innings, walking just one and striking out five. He was really never in any danger.

Bair and Taylor Gilbert each had 2 RBIs. Jake Usher also drove in a run. Five different players scored for Post 19.

South’s Parker Johnson had two hits for the Wolverines, who were looking to become the first Alaska team to win the BP championship since Dimond in 2010.

South and Columbia played to a 4-4 tie on Saturday, playing 10 innings before the 2-hour, 15-minute time limit. Tonight’s game was played in fewer than 90 minutes. 

“I’m really proud of the way they pulled together and hung in there against a very good team from the Lower 48,” South manager Cliff Butcher told me. “We had a blast.”

Bair was named tournament MVP after batting .375 in five tournament games, including .428 in two games against South. He drove in four runs, including two of the first three runs in the title tilt.

Columbia shortstop Peyton Sockwell won the Gold Glove award with a 1.000 fielding percentage – zero errors on 21 fielding attempts [13 putouts, 8 assists]. He also helped turn three double plays.

The top pitcher was Chris Crosby of Team Avenue. Crosby threw a no-hitter against South and didn’t allow a hit or a walk in 9.2 innings. He struck out 13.

The Big Stick award went to Canadian Jared Kennedy from the Strathmore Reds of Alberta. He went 8-for-14 for a .571 batting average. He also had four RBIs in four games.

Earlier in the day, Team Avenue beat Dimond 9-7 and Chugiak knocked off Eagle River 12-2. In the semifinals, Columbia beat Strathmore 2-0 and South beat Colchester, Vermont, 8-2 behind the trio of Nick Lopetrone, Max Micks and Spencer Floyd, who combined for seven RBIs.

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