Juneau loses 10-6 at NWCART in final game for Coach Macaulay
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 9, 2015
Juneau Post 25 outhit the Fremont Silverwolves and matched the Utah team run for run for the first seven innings before losing an elimination game at the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament in Logan, Utah.
In a back and forth game that saw the lead change hands several times, Fremont finally pulled away in the eighth inning to post a 10-6 victory over the Southeast Alaska team.
It was the final game for manager Andy Macaulay, who stepped down after coaching the Legion AA team for three seasons and serving as the Midnight Suns Baseball Club since 2006.
Macaulay, a coach of the year winner, compiled a 70-29 record with Juneau and led Post 25 to the NWCART in each of the last two years and won three games.
This year his team went 1-2 and finished fifth.
Juneau led today’s game 3-2 before Utah went ahead 4-3. Finn Collins hit into a fielder’s choice to score RJ Markovich and tie it at 4-4.
Utah went up 7-4 in the top of the sixth before Michael Cesar’s line drive up the middle scored Jacob Dale and Matt Cunningham in the bottom half to make it 7-6.
Juneau outhit Utah 13-12.
Markovich started and pitched six innings. Jacob Thibodeau threw the final three.
Markovich, Collins and Jake Tanner each doubled and combined for eight hits and four RBIs.
Macaulay addressed his team the final time after the game.
“I told them that it was a privilege to coach them and I’m excited to see where they go from here,” he said. “I told them that the way they can thank me is by paying it forward later in their life; get involved in their community and be a positive role model to the kids.”
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.