Juneau, Service unscathed after first two days of State
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 26, 2017
The top two seeds in the 65th Alaska Legion Baseball State Tournament are the last two unbeatens after two days of action at Mulcahy Stadium.
The No. 1 Juneau Post 25 Midnight Suns and No. 2 Service Post 28 Cougars both posted victories Wednesday to set up a crucial winner's bracket game Thursday night at 5:30.
Juneau got there after surviving a wild game with South Post 4, earning an 8-7 win in the bottom of the ninth inning after Alex Muir earned a bases-loaded walk to score Finn Collins with the winning run.
It was the second walkoff winner for Muir in the last two weeks. Collins picked up the win with 1.2 innings of relief as Juneau [24-2] extended its winning streak to 9 games.
South's Cody Leslie tied the game at 7-7 after he flared a two-out, two-strike single in shallow right centerfield. The hit was especially rewarding for Leslie after he misplayed a base hit in right field that allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Parker Johnson and Terren Sugita reached base four times for Wolverines, who dropped into the loser's bracket.
Service beat West Post 1 by a 6-1 score thanks to precise pitching and MVP candidate Cooper Bailey-Parsons, who continued his terrific two-way play.
Bailey-Parsons went 3-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, two runs and an RBI at the plate. Defensively, the rocket-armed catcher threw out a couple more baserunners.
He is now batting 7-for-9 in two games at the state tournament.
Pitchers Ronan Klancher, Henry Helgeson, Cam Lautaret and Chris Malagodi combined for a two-hitter for Service [21-7].
Service and Juneau have met four times this season, but the only two that really mattered were the back-to-back league games two weeks ago in Juneau when the teams exchanged 4-3 walkoff wins.
The two teams have a recent postseason history, with many of the same players still on the field.
In 2016, Service beat Juneau 8-6 to deny Juneau a trip to a regional tournament. In 2015, Juneau beat Service 5-1 to cost Service a trip to the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament.
In elimination games, Chugiak Post 33 beat Wasilla Post 35 by a 10-3 score and Dimond Post 21 won a slugfest over Kenai Post 20 by a 13-9 count.
Chugiak jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. Ian Frizelle went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBIs.
Cam Butler drove in three runs, Trystan Costanios scored three runs and starting pitcher Braden Schackelford picked up the win.
Schackelford scattered seven hits and three hits over 7.2 innings while striking out four.
Dimond's McKenzie Montgomery went 4-for-5 and scored three times to highlight an 11-hit attack. Kaden Roettger batted in three runs and Jesse Boesse had two hits, two RBIs and the game's only triple.
Kenai had 12 hits, including three by Paul Steffensen and Logan Smith. Smith also had three RBIs and Cody Quelland drove in a pair of runs.
The teams combined for 14 runs in the seventh and eighth innings alone.