Matson: West comes back in 7th to walk off with win

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 23, 2021

West 10, Kenai 9

Evan Fitzgerald scored the winning run on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Post 1 Eagles rallied from a two-run deficit in the final inning to beat the Post 20 Twins on Day 2 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

West trailed 9-7 entering the seventh inning before free passes sparked a rally, with four straight batters reaching base on walks. Ruari O'Brien-Holen's bases loaded walk pulled West within 9-8 and Savion Bishop's sac fly tied it at 9-9.

Michael Tillman got the win in relief of Joey Walker. Tillman pitched 3.2 innings, Walker threw 3.1.

Cyrus Clendaniel went 3-for-3 and scored three runs. Orion Haliburton was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Tillman drove in two runs and Gabe Catterinichio and Athena Clendaniel added RBIs.

Kenai built an 8-5 lead after throwing up a six spot in the fourth inning.

Sam Berry and Jacob Belger each drove in two runs for the Twins. Daltyn Deborski went 2-for-4 with a triple, run and RBI.

Atticus Gibson, Levi Mickelson and Andrew Pieh each had one RBI and pitched 3.2 innings over the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Bartlett 17, East 10

Luke Helgeson went 4-for-4 to highlight his team's 17-hit attack as the Post 29 Golden Bears won a slugfest over the Post 34 Thunderbirds on Day 2 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

The combined 27 runs made it the highest scoring game in the tournament's eight-year history.

Eight of nine starters got base knocks for Bartlett. Kevin Tapia went 3-for-4, Connor Sessoms and Nick Brandal were 2-for-3 and Eli Corwin was 2-for-5. Grantier drove in three runs and Helgeson, Sessoms and Carl Colavecchio each had two RBIs. 

East's Zack Barnhart went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and Alan Contreras had a hit, two runs and two RBIs.

The T-birds also got two RBIs from Willy Nunez and one RBI from Angus Nicholson.

Wasilla 18, Fairbanks 13
Pedro Camacho drove in five runs for the Post 35 Road Warriors, who scored 10 runs over the seventh and eighth innings to win an 18-13 slugfest over the Post 11 49ers on Day 2 of the Matson Invitational at Bartlett High School.

Byson Malave, Nolan Murphy and Will Plowman each had three RBIs as Wasilla recorded 17 RBIs. Camacho, Malave and Andre Brown each had three hits.

Fairbanks trailed 12-8 going into the bottom of the seventh inning before batting around and tying the game to force extra innings.

Dylan Swarthout went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs. Players with one RBI included Chris Luskleet, Gavin Smeltner, Miles Fowler, Caden Davis, Gabriel Angiak and Tyler Moore.

The game took four hours to complete.