Day 3 recap for State Tournament, Matson Invitational
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 30, 2015
GM9: Kenai 6, Valley 3
Joey Becher tossed six shutout innings and Kenneth Griffin tripled and scored twice as No. 6 Kenai doubled up No. 5 Valley in an elimination game.
Jake Conver went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Griffin and Justice Miller each drove in single runs. Josh Darrow had two hits and two stolen bases.
Becher scattered three hits and seven walks. He struck out six. Thomas Bowe got the final four outs for the save.
The Valley's Buddy Dale collected three of his team's seven hits. Cooper McLaughlin, Dalton McHugill and Joshua Finch drove in runs for the Twins.
The Valley was eliminated and finished sixth in the tournament.
GM10: South 6, Dimond 1
Jonny Homza fired a 2-hitter over seven shutout innings of work to lift No. 3 South over No. 4 Dimond in an elimination game.
Homza was lights out on the bump, issuing no walks and striking out four.
He swung the ball well, too, banging out two hits with a run and RBI.
Tommy Koloski went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Dimond's Joe Fitka homered in the ninth off Lian Lincoln.
The Lynx finished with five hits, with Noah Alexander getting two of them.
Dimond was eliminated and finished fifth in the tournament.
GM11: Chugiak 13, Juneau 5
Jake Kindred's two-run double in the fourth inning capped a five-run rally that carried No. 1 Chugiak past No. 2 Juneau in a winner's bracket game.
Trailing 4-0, Chugiak scored five straight runs with two outs to take the lead. Juneau tied it in the sixth but Chugiak again responded with a three spot in the bottom half.
Chugiak put the game away with four runs in the eighth, earning a spot in Saturday's state title game.
The teams came into the game with a 52-4 combined record.
Chugiak's Sam Hanson drove in three RBIs and four other players finished with 1 RBI.
Juneau outhit the Mustangs 10-7, with JR Markovich's 4-for-5 leading the way. He also scored a run and drove in two.
Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium
 Kenai 6,  Valley 3 - elimination game
 South 6,  Dimond 1 - elimination game
 Chugiak 13,  Juneau 5 - winner's bracket
West 11, Bartlett 3
Sean Smith pitched eight strong innings as No. 13 West beat No. 15 Bartlett to survice in the loser's bracket.
Smith allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out eight. He also collected an RBI with the bat.
LJ Felix, Sean Duffy and Joseph Quinn each had two RBIs.
Eight of nine West starters got a hit.
Bartlett's Halquay Haoli had two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI.
Bartlett was eliminated from tournament play.
East 11, Eagle River 1
Ryan Solberg went 2-for-4 with four RBIs as No. 14 East ran away from No. 12 Eagle River in a loser-out game.
East amassed 10 hits and scored four times in the third inning, twice in the sixth and three more in the eighth.
Starter Balas Buckmaster went the whole way; the game was called after eight innings due to mercy rule.
He allowed just four hits, although he walked six. He struck out five.
Buckmaster also scored three times and finished 1-for-3.
Eagle River's Cody Keith drove in his team's lone run. Pete Kott went 2-for-3 and scored the run.
The loss knocked Eagle River out of the tournament.
Service 10, Ketchikan 6
The top of the lineup collected six of eight hits and drove in all six runs as No. 9 Service beat No. 11 Ketchikan 10-6 in a winner's bracket game.
Hitters Nos. 1-4 Ronan Klancher, Raleigh Pigg, Nick Hall and Derek Scoggins were the hitters that did the most damage.
Pigg and Hall each had two hits and two RBIs. Daltin Johson scored three times.
Service built a 5-0 lead only to see Ketchikan get within 5-4 in the top of the fourth inning.
By the bottom of the fourth ended, though, Service pushed its lead back to a comfortable margin at 9-4.
Ketchikan's Spencer Erickson went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Tony Tocco delivered a pair of RBIs.
Service advance to Saturday's championship game.
Thursday at Bartlett High School
 West 11,  Bartlett 3 - elimination game
 East 11,  Eagle River 1 - elimination game
 Service 10,  Ketchikan 6 - winner's bracket
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.