Classic Day 3 sees Dimond, Juneau rally, Palmer pounce

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 26, 2021

Palmer 6, Chugiak 2
Jason Gunderson knocked in two runs and struck out seven batters of four innings to pick up the decision as the Post 15 Pioneers earned an Alaska Legion league win on Day 3 of the Alaska 529 Midseason Classic at Mulcahy Stadium.

Colton Haase went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in addition to pitching a scoreless inning for Palmer (9-4). Brayden Parrent and Dylan Garrettson also had RBIs for the winners.

Leadoff hitter Kaden Ketchum doubled, scored two runs and pitched a shutout inning as Palmer pushed its winning streak to five games.

The Palmer defense saved at least three runs and flashed some serious leather. First baseman Brayden Methen made a great catch to end the third inning. Third baseman Landon Guggenmoss made a strong throw on a slow roller in the fourth inning and center fielder Drake Gallagher made a nice catch to end the sixth inning.

Chugiak's Jayden Steckel did a little bit of everything, and did it well. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. He pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. And he made all three assists at third and pitcher.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Post 33 Mustangs (5-8).

Dimond 7, Wasilla 5

Miah Eneix, Logan Sweet and Alex Bruce each drove in runs in the sixth inning as the Post 21 Lynx rallied for an Alaska Legion league win on Day 3 of the Alaska 529 Midseason Classic at Mulcahy Stadium.

Down 5-4 entering the sixth, Dimond (8-3) came alive for three runs to score for the first time since a four-run first inning.

Sweet finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Bruce added two RBIs on a single and sac fly. Ryan Hendrickson singled, walked twice, scored twice and had an RBI.

Luke Smith picked up the winning decision with 1.2 innings of relief of starter Garrett Lick, who retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before uncharacteristically losing his control (5 walks) that led to Wasilla's comeback.

Wasilla's Wyatt Walling smashed two doubles and drove in four runs, including a three-run, bases-clearing two-bagger in the top of the fourth inning that tied the game at 4-4.

Wasilla reliever Alex Prayner got a strikeout to end a bases-loaded threat to end the bottom of the fourth and keep the game tied.

The Post 35 Road Warriors (5-6) took the lead at 5-4 after Brandon Hona and Walling clubbed back-to-back doubles in the top of the sixth inning.

Dimond got its winning rally started after Adam Boyce walked and and Shane Stephan was hit by a pitch. Eneix's RBI single tied the game at 5-5 and Sweet's RBI single gave Dimond the lead for good.

Juneau 4, Eagle River 3

Brock McCormick drew a two-out bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning to produce the go-ahead run that provided an Alaska Legion league win on Day 3 of the Alaska 529 Midseason Classic at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Post 25 Midnight Suns (6-1) rallied from a 3-0 deficit and got a great performance from Isaiah Nelson, who pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless relief and drove in three runs.

Nelson was bumped down the batting order and responded with a 2-for-2 effort with a sac fly in the second inning and a game-tying, two-run single in the fourth inning.

Juneau took advantage of 11 walks and two hit by pitch, putting the leadoff runner on in five of six innings.

Eagle River got RBIs from Gavin Henning, Stefan Retzlaff and Connor Johnson. Johnson went 2-for-3 and also scored a run for the Wolves (7-5).

Catcher Luke Barch threw out three Juneau base runners trying to steal a base. He also had a base hit and pitched 1.1 innings of relief.

Eagle River third baseman Retzlaff made the defensive play of the game in the third inning when he made a diving forehand grab before throwing a strike to first base for the out.

Juneau improved to 3-1 in one-run games in league play.