Dimond, South advance to semifinals at State Tournament

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2014

Pitching and defense defined Day 3 of the Alaska Legion State Tournament on Sunday, with both winning teams prevailing with shutouts.

Dimond blanked Juneau 10-0 in five innings in the early game at Mulcahy Stadium, with Jordan Clevenger tossing a five-hitter.

Clevenger struck out five and walked one. He also delivered a two-run double and scored for the sixth-seeded Lynx [20-10].

Preston Micheletto, Mason Anderson and Mahlon Cleveland also finished with two RBIs. Grant Remmer walked three times and scored twice.

Two of Juneau’s four hits went for extra bases, with Steven Basaden hitting a double and Kellen Johansen stroking a triple.

South went the distance in a 4-0 win over Kenai as starter Nick Jensen and reliever Sage Dudick combined on a six-hitter for the eighth-seeded Wolverines.

Jensen pitched the first seven innings, allowing four singles and a double but no walks. He fanned three. Dudick closed out the final two innings.

Dudick also got it done at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. 

South’s Jake Crapps had a single, a sac bunt and two RBIs.

Kenai’s Dallas Pierren tripled and Joshua Darrow had a pair of hits. Tyler Covey threw three innings of shutout relief of starter Klayton Justice.

Dimond and South will face in the state tournament’s first semifinal Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.

Here is a look at the schedule for the next two days:

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

Monday

10 AM #5 Kenai vs. #3 Chugiak – elimination game

1 PM #7 Juneau vs. #1 Wasilla – elimination game

Tuesday

10 AM Consolation game [Monday’s winners]

1 PM #8 South vs. #6 Dimond – state semifinal 

Fairbanks 30, Ketchikan stay alive in Horizon Lines Invitational

One team rallied and another held on, but either way Fairbanks 30 and Ketchikan avoided elimination Sunday in the Horizon Lines Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Fairbanks 30 scored seven unanswered runs and got solid pitching from Tyler Christmann and Terrell Ford to highlight an 8-3 victory over Bartlett in a winner’s bracket game.

Adam Norton went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Benjamin Hall and Christmann each had an RBI for the Wild.

Bartlett’s Zach Schmidt had three hits and an RBI. Only two of the seven runs given by up starter Sean Breslin were earned. Alec and Ryan Dudley each doubled, the only extra-base hits of the game.

Ketchikan upset top seed Kodiak 7-4 after scoring in each of the first four innings to build a lead it never relinquished.

Starter Colton Paulsen was magnificent with a tournament record 15 strikeouts in eight innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks. Austin Erickson pitched the ninth for the save.

Jackson Pool drove in two runs for the Salmon and Paulsen joined Spencer Erickson in the two-hit club.

Frank Carlson and Jake Arnold each went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for Kodiak.

Fairbanks 30 will face Ketchikan in the tournament’s first semifinal game, with the winner advancing to the title game.

Here is a look at Monday’s schedule:

Horizon Lines Invitational, Bartlett High School

Monday

11 AM Fairbanks 11 vs. Kodiak – elimination game

2:30 PM East vs. Bartlett – elimination game

6 PM Ketchikan vs. Fairbanks 30 - semifinal

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