Fairbanks, Service, Chugiak, Eagle River all win on Day 1

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 27, 2012

[5] Fairbanks 11, [4] Dimond 6

It was billed as the most anticipated game of the first day of the state tournament and it didn’t disappoint.

Pitted in a tied game, Fairbanks Post 11 loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning en route to scoring five runs and beating the two-time defending state champs.

Chris Gavora [4 for 5] and Jace Lovell [4 for 6] highlighted a 15-hit attack. They delivered back-to-back singles in the ninth to set the table for an explosive inning.

Lovell actually had two hits in the ninth, including a two-out, two-run triple.

Fairbanks improved to 19-9 this year. Dimond fell to 23-9.

Fairbanks and Dimond Post 21 split their regular-season series in league and came into the tournament seeded No. 5 and No. 4, respectively.

Early on, Dimond took a 4-0 lead in the third inning after Jordan Clevenger ripped a two-run double.

But it didn’t last.

Fairbanks scored 11 runs over the next six innings, thanks to an awesome offense. Gavora and Lovell each had 3 RBIs. Cameron Hendrix was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Starter Mekiah Hendrix struck out 7 in 6 innings. Reliever Tim Ballard threw the final three to earn the win.

Dimond tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth on pinch-hitter Chris Thorpe’s run-scoring single.

[7] Service 3, [10] Bartlett 1

Pitchers Brandon Sakumoto and Jake Ridley combined on a 3-hitter and got just enough offense to help Service Post 28 advance in the state tournament.

Sakumoto started and went 7 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run.

Ridley came in relief and tossed 2 shutout innings to earn the save.

Matt Yandell drove in a pair of runs for Service, which improved to 12-21-1 this year.

Nursing a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, Service plated two runs. Zach Cuddihy got it all started after getting hit by a pitch. He was bunted to second and scored on Yandell’s single. Later Ridley stroked a run-scoring single.

The top of the Service lineup – Aaron Miller, Yandell and Ridley – combined to go 4 for 9 with all three RBIs.

Bartlett Post 29 starter Darryle Wilson Jr. suffered a tough-luck loss. He pitched well enough to win, going 8 innings and allowing 5 hits and just 2 earned runs.

Logan Williams banged out 2 of his team’s 3 hits. Bartlett dropped to 5-21.

[8] Eagle River 7, [9] East 2

Kyle Frost pitched 6 shutout innings and Eagle River scored all its runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Colby LeBlanc, Zachary Weller and Gregory Long each had 2 hits to pace a 9-hit attack.

Eagle River scored 3 runs in the fourth and 4 runs in the fifth, helping the Wolves improved to 10-19 overall.

Eagle River had 10 stolen base.

East’s Bradley Hudson and Luke Schnellbaecher each had RBIs.

Pitcher Austin Dabbs tossed 2.2 innings of shutout in relief of starter Austin Anderson.

East fell to 6-20.

[6] Chugiak 12, [11] West 2

Post 33 starter Chase Gail threw all 7 innings in a complete-game, complete-domination performance.

He allowed just 4 hits and 2 runs.

Gail struck out only 3 but benefitted from a solid defense with 10 ground ball outs.

The Mustangs are now 14-16.

Justin Schneider collected 3 RBIs.

Teammates Cameron Fritz and Conner Cimmiyotti each had 2 hits, 2 RBIs. Deven Ferriss was 1 for 1 with 2 RBIs and Chase Wilson scored 3 times

For West, Connor Cleary had 2 of team's 4 hits. He also had an RBI. So did Alden Derrera.

Mac Evans and L.J. Felix both scored for the young Eagles [5-23], who have one senior.