Kenai wins twice, advances to title game vs. Chugiak

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Aug 3, 2013

2012 Alaska State Tournament 

Live scoring:

Today's Games

Kenai 10, South 9

Kenai 9, Eagle River 8

**Both are elimination games

Saturday's Game[s]

2 PM Chugiak vs. Kenai

[if-necessary game at 6 PM]

[1] Kenai 9, [8] Eagle River 8

The Kenai Post 20 Twins are going to the state championship game.

And they have Josiah Covey to thank.

Twice today Covey drove in the winning run, this time an RBI single that scored Jake Darrow from second base to lift the Twins to their second walkoff win in a matter of hours at the state tournament.

Tournament No. 1 seed Kenai [34-9] will face tournament unbeaten Chugiak [17-16] at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium.

Covey, the cleanup hitter, finished 3 for 6 with 3 RBIs. Teammate Thomas Bowe was 3 for 4 with a walk.

With the score tied at 8-8 in the eighth inning Kenai's Hector Rivera threw out a runner at the plate.

In the ninth, Eagle River displayed its own defense when catcher Zach Weller threw out a baserunner trying to steal third base.

That kept the game tied.

But it didn't last. Two batters later Covey won it again.

[1] Kenai 10, [2] South 9

Josiah Covey's sacrifice fly scored A.J. Hull with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Post 20 outlasted Post 4 in an elimination game at the state tournament.

The back-and-forth game looked like a prize fight, with both teams landing shots and providing big plays.

Hull led off the 11th with his fourth hit of the game, a sinking liner to right field that the outfield dove for and nearly caught. But the ball landed just outside his glove, allowing the speedy Hull to motor all the way to third.

Covey was up next. He lofted a high fly ball to right for the walkoff sac fly, moving the Twins into a state semifinal game against Eagle River. The teams met in the second round and the No. 8 Wolves upset top-ranked Kenai 6-0.

Against South, Kenai won the battle of base hits, 14-5.

South led 7-4 after scoring four times in the top of the sixth inning. However, Kenai responded with five runs in the bottom half.

Down by two, the Wolverines scored single runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to forge a 9-9 tie.

Kenai won it it extra innings, ending South's season. The Wolverines finished 19-12.