Legion camp all-stars lose 8-0 to Anchorage Bucs, Diaz

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 16, 2022
Santa Clara slugger Michael Diaz homered and drove in three runs to power the Anchorage Bucs to an 8-0 victory over the Legion camp all-stars in the annual Sladen Mohl Game at Mulcahy Stadium.

The left-handed hitting Diaz launched a moon shot to right field in the fifth inning that landed on the Kosinski field beyond the wall and across the street. It was impressive.

The only other extra-base hit of the game came off the bat of another Santa Clara batter in Jon Jon Berring, who ripped a two-run double over the right-fielder’s head in the seventh inning.

The Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League scored five runs in the final two innings. Before that, however, the Legion all-stars battled to keep the game close.

The game was a culmination of the four-day College Coaches Camp, which celebrated its 28th year.

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Eli Lipinski of Dimond Post 21 and Liam Lierman of Eagle River each threw scoreless frames and each recorded a strikeout – the only two Ks for the Legion staff.

Andrew Hickman of East Post 34 retired the only batter he faced to end the fifth inning.

Eagle River’s Alex Mullen could have thrown a scoreless frame but a two-out error with the bases loaded led to a pair of unearned runs.

It was the only error of the game.

Bucs starter Peyton Stiers from Parkland Community College was sensational, pitching four hitless innings and facing the minimum of 12 batters. He racked up five strikeouts, four of them looking.

The only baserunner Stiers allowed was a leadoff walk to Lierman to open the game, but Lierman was easily erased trying to steal second base by Oklahoma State-bound catcher Derek Smith, a 2022 high school grad from Scottsdale, Arizona.

For Lierman, playing in the game for the first time carried special significance as the College Coaches Camp is named after his grandfather Bill Lierman Sr. and the camp director is his father Bill Lierman Jr.

Stiers gave way to reliever Chandler Brooks, who closed it out for a three-inning save.

Dimond’s Shane Stephan delivered the Legion team’s lone base hit with one down in the fifth inning, hitting a slow roller deep in the hole for an infield single. It was a clean hit.

The Bucs featured several familiar faces in former Legion players Reid Brock, Ricky Gatter and Dylan Maltby.

Brock played the whole game at second base and went 0-for-1 with two walks, including an 11-pitch battle with his former teammate Gavin Partch of South Post 4.

Gatter went the whole way at shortstop and made two beautiful plays, including one in the hole to rob Palmer Post 15’s Brayden Parrent of a base hit in the third inning.

Maltby played the entire game at third base and made several slick, on-the-move throws, and robbed Chugiak Post 33’s Hunter Rau of a base hit in the sixth inning.

For the Legion all-stars, right fielder Carl Colavecchio of Bartlett Post 28 and Lierman both made web gems with nice catches on the run.

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