Deja vu: Service edges Juneau 4-3 in battle of unbeatens
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2017
65th ALB State Tournament
Service 4, Juneau 3 - winner's bracket
Post 28 pitchers Raleigh Pigg and Andrew Jaidinger shut out the potent Post 25 offense over the final seven innings to lead the Cougars in the matchup between unbeatens on Day 3 at the state tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.
Pigg started and earned the win after dancing around trouble all night with seven strong innings. Jaidinger got the final six outs to earn the save, highlighted by a web gem from first baseman Nathan Cole on the final out to end a bases-loaded threat.
It was the third time in two weeks that Service and Juneau played to a 4-3 decision, with the clubs exchanging walkoff wins two weeks ago in the capital city.
The win guaranteed Service a spot in the state championship game Saturday.
More on that later.
Service [22-7] took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Pigg clubbed a solo home run. The lead didn’t last, however, as Juneau tied it in the bottom half of the inning and then took a 3-1 lead in the second on base knocks by Owen Mendoza and Alex Muir.
Service pulled within a run in the fourth on Sam Bourdon's sacrifice fly and then tied it in the fifth, thanks in part to Pigg's sac bunt that led to Cooper Bailey-Parsons' RBI ground out.
That's right, the same guy that homered in his first at-bat laid down a bunt in his third at-bat to move baserunners.
Pigg and Juneau starter Bobby Cox were locked in a 3-3 tie after six innings. It was anybody’s game.
In the seventh, Ronan Klancher singled and Pigg walked to put runners on first and second. Klancher stole third and came around to score on Cobey Cupp’s sac fly.
Cupp finished 2-for-3 with the game winning RBI. He also filled in nicely at shortstop with Pigg on the mound.
Jaidinger entered the game in the eighth and had a 1-2-3 inning. In the ninth, though, he would load the bases with one out before striking out No. 3 hitter Kasey Watts.
That set up a tough matchup with cleanup hitter Bryce Swofford, a 6-foot-7 slugger. Swofford scorched a Jaidinger pitch down the first-base line that Cole snagged for the final out, with the ball nearly taking the glove off his hand.
Cole’s defensive gem robbed Swofford of a base hit and was inches from delivering Juneau a sure-thing walkoff win.
It was just Juneau’s third loss in 27 games this summer.
Friday’s schedule features just two games and could see two more teams eliminated.
Juneau faces Dimond at 3 p.m. in an elimination game and Service plays South at 6:30 p.m. As the last unbeaten, Service could still lose a game and not be eliminated while another loss would end South’s season.