Dimond wins, moves into State Tournament title game vs. South

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 30, 2014

Starting pitcher Jordan Clevenger twirled a two-hit gem Wednesday afternoon as Dimond Post 21 beat up Juneau Post 25 11-1 in the second semifinal of the Alaska Legion State Baseball Tournament.

Dimond battled back through the consolation bracket to reach the state championship game against unbeaten South Post 4. The teams will play at 2 p.m., with the if-necessary game at 6 p.m. It all goes down at Mulcahy Stadium.

Dimond must win the first game to force the second game.

Clevenger pitched all six innings, striking out six and walking two. He proved to handle a bat too, driving in two runs with a base hit.

Mahlon Cleveland finished with three RBIs and Kyle Bremont and Tony Hillman added two RBIs apiece. 

The Lynx benefited from 11 walks, eight hits and five stolen bases.

Grant Ainsworth and Jacob Thibodeau had Juneau’s hits.

Dimond and South have played twice this season, with South winning 7-1 on June 29 and Dimond winning 1-0 on July 6.

The state champion will represent Alaska at the Northwest Regional in Eugene, Oregon. The runner-up will play in the NWCART Championsips, a different regional tournament that features teams from Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana plus three Alaska teams [including Juneau Post 25 and Fairbanks Post 30]. The NWCART is held in Alaska every seven years.

Legion State Tournament, Mulcahy Stadium

Thursday’s Games

2 PM #8 South [18-12] vs. #6 Dimond [21-11]

6 PM If-Necessary Game 

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