Matson: Unbeaten Wasilla to face Eagle River for title

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 30, 2018

Matson Invitational

Game 13: Wasilla 9, Fairbanks 3

Jacob Gilbert went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs over back-to-back innings when the Post 35 Road Warriors pulled away from the Post 11 49ers to remain undefeated with a Day 4 win in the 5th ALB Matson Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Gilbert had a two-run single in fourth inning and then singled in another run in the fifth inning to power top-ranked Wasilla, which will face Eagle River in Tuesday’s tournament title game at 9 a.m. at Mulcahy. There is an if-necessary game scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

 

Kendell Ruta had two RBIs and scored two runs. Ben Werner, James Arend and Taylon Ottinger also drove in runs for the Road Warriors (20-11).

 

Those breakout innings were plenty of support of winning pitcher Carter Huston, who threw five effective innings. He allowed three hits and just two walks.

 

Ben Werner, James Arend and Taylon Ottinger also drove in runs for Wasilla.

 

Those breakout innings were plenty of support of winning pitcher Carter Huston, who threw five effective innings. He allowed three hits and just two walks.

 

For Fairbanks, Issac Roehl went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and an RBI.

 

Travis Moore drove in a run and Pearson Clark also scored for the 49ers, who finished third in the tournament.

 

Fairbanks 100 101 0 - 3 4 2

Wasilla 013 500 x - 9 7 2

Fairbanks - Troppmann, Jensen (4), Bronson (5) and Emerson. Wasilla - Huston, Walters (6) and Wasner, Boyett (3), Wasner. W - Huston. L -Troppman. 2B - None. 3B - None. HR - None.

Game 12: Eagle River 9, Palmer 4

Eight of the first nine batters reached base on a single or walk, which set the tone for an eight-run rally in the first inning that carried the Wolves to a Day 4 victory over the Post 15 Pioneers in a loser-out consolation game at Mulcahy Stadium.

 

Eagle River extended the lead to 9-0 in support of starter Sterling Retzlaff, who retired nine straight batters to begin the game, but was then pulled after three innings and just 28 pitches to keep him eligible to throw in Tuesday’s tournament championship game against unbeaten Wasilla at 9 a.m., with the if-necessary game at 11:30 a.m. at the stadium.

 

Eagle River's Aaron Davis pitched the final four innings to earn the win in relief. Starters must pitch four innings to qualify for the decision.

 

Ryan Gray doubled in two runs in the first (his second at-bat of the inning) and added a sac fly in the third inning for the Wolves. Retzlaff singled, walked twice and scored a run.

 

Kaden Ketchum was Palmer's MVP for the game. The relief pitcher was summoned from the bullpen with the bases loaded and no outs. He gave up a flyball to his first batter that scored one run but after that he delivered nothing but goose eggs with four shutout innings of relief.

 

In the sixth inning, Kolten Ketchum produced a two-run single to pull the Pioneers within 9-3. He also walked and later scored a run the inning before.

 

Trace Severson tacked on Palmer's final run with a two-out RBI single that scored Ben Alley. The Pioneers finished fourth in the tournament.

 

Palmer 000 012 1 - 4 3 2

Eagle River 801 000 x - 9 5 2

Palmer - Huddleston, Alley (1), Ka.Ketchum (3) and Hale, Ryan (2). Eagle River - Retzlaff, Davis (4) and C.Frederick. W - Davis. L - Huddleston. 2B - Gray (ER). 3B - None. HR - None.