Lathrop, Sitka, Wasilla, South win on Day 1 of state
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 1, 2017
Lathrop 12, Colony 11
For each of the last six years, the Lathrop Malemutes lost in the first round.
Not this time, though.
Not even an 8-0 deficit could deny Lathrop its first trip to the state semifinals since 2011.
Colin King, Chase Reed and Mason Wilken each drove in two runs. King's two-run triple provided a huge spark.
The Malemutes scored the winning run with two outs after a ground ball was misplayed by the Colony defense.
Dane Soderlund scattered eight hits over 3.1 innings of relief to earn the win for the Mid-Alaska Conference champions.
Colony's Zachary Satterly went 3-for-4, doubled and drove in three RBIs.
Sitka 4, Service 3
The bottom of the lineup helped the Sitka Wolves come out on top with a close first-round game.
Nos. 6-9 hitters Morgan Simic, Emmitt Anderson, Oliver Moore-Baker and Gavin Flores accounted for four of the team's five base hits.
Anderson and Flores were the game's only two players to score a run, get a hit and drive in a run.
Sitka led 3-2 after two innings before each team tacked on just one run apiece over the final five. The teams combined to leave 16 runners on base.
Service's Ronan Klancher went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Wasilla 10, West Valley 0
Leadoff hitter Balas Buckmaster doubled twice and drove in two runs to highlight a Wasilla lineup that broke open the game with an eight-run fourth inning.
Ben Werner, Cyrus Lovell and Hank Boyer each added two RBIs for the Warriors.
Four Wasilla pitchers combined for a 4-hitter, with starter Jacob Gilbert going the longest at 3.1 innings.
West Valley's Axel Keeton and Brandon Vanlandingham each had two hits, which represented the Wolf Pack's offense.
Wasilla reached the state semifinals since 2014.
South 12, Juneau-Douglas 2
Ace pitcher Parker Johnson went the distance and Derek McGinnis drove in four runs as South made quick work of the Crimson Bears.
With the win, the Wolverines improved to 17-0 this season and extended their 20-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Johnson allowed three hits and two walks while striking out a half dozen in five innings of work.
McGinnis finished 3-for-4 to lead a 14-hit attack. Anthony Maldonado was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Juneau pulled within 3-2 in the fourth inning before South erupted for nine unanswered runs over the next frames.
Juneau's Luke Maligner and Niko Hebert drove in runs.
@ Mulcahy Stadium
10 AM Service vs. West Valley
1 PM Colony vs. Juneau
4 PM Sitka vs. Wasilla
7 PM Lathrop vs. South