Fairbanks Post 30 Wild claim Horizon Lines Invitational

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

Tyler Christmann was the man Wednesday for his Alaska Legion baseball team.

The two-way wonder pitched seven strong innings and drove in three runs with the bat to lead the Fairbanks Post 30 Wild to an 11-4 victory over the Fairbanks Post 11 49ers in the championship game of the inaugural Horizon Lines Invitational.

Christmann scattered seven hits and five walks while striking out six and leading the Wild to their biggest win under manager Tyler Hollister. 

Benjamin Hall also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs.

Michael Fitzpatrick stole four bases and scored twice, and Terrell Ford pitched the final two innings of shutout relief for the Wild.

With the win, the Fairbanks Wild qualified for the NWCART Championships, a regional tournament held this year at Mulcahy Stadium featuring teams from Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana plus three Alaska teams – two from the state tournament and the winner of the Horizon Lines Invitational. The NWCART runs Aug. 8-12.

This is a Fairbanks team that was created this year when Alaska Legion expanded to 16 teams.

Hollister’s crew finished 9-9 in the regular season and then went 4-0 in the Horizon Lines Invitational, which was created by the Alliance this year so the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the state tournament would still have something to play for. The team is 17-10 overall.

This year’s champion got a bonus with the NWCART being held in Alaska. It won’t be here for another seven years.

Down 4-1 heading in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wild scored twice and then added four in the sixth, three in the seventh and another run in the eighth.

The Fairbanks 49ers had three players with two hits [Casey Lewandowski, Jacob Kriebel, Derrick Overby]. Overby doubled twice and drove in one of the runs.

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