Dimond Post 21 wins Midnight Sun tourney title in Fairbanks

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 23, 2014

Backed by solid pitching and timely hitting, Dimond Post 21 recorded a 4-0 mark in Fairbanks over the weekend to win the annual Midnight Sun Tournament.

Dimond swept both Fairbanks teams in four consecutive close games, winning twice by one run and once by two runs.

Dimond has won eight of nine games to begin the season.

Payton Lauwers earned MVP honors after hitting .357 in the tournament with two singles, two doubles and a three-run home run. He finished with six RBIs and a .438 on-base percentage.

In the team’s first game, Lauwers hit a game-tying home run and then eventually scored the winning game. In the final game his RBI base hit solidified a 6-2 win.

He was hardly the only all-star. Dimond was full of them during the tournament title run.

“Every single game could have gone either way so it made for exciting baseball coming down to the final couple innings,” Dimond assistant manager Cherie Remmer told me. “We had some very good pitching from a variety of players. We walked very few batters, which reduced the opportunity for cheap runs. We were able to take advantage of a few errors to manufacture runs and our bats woke up at key times to give us the win.”

The Midnight Sun Tournament is part of the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour, which also includes stops in Wasilla, Kenai and Anchorage. The next tournament is the Todd Ryan Memorial at McManus Field, which runs July 3-6 in Wasilla.

Fairbanks Post 30 took second in the tournament and Fairbanks Post 11 placed third.

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