Matson Invitational: Camacho, Sivulich lead Wasilla over Juneau for third straight tournament title
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 25, 2023
It figured Wasilla's Pedro Camacho would be in the middle of the action in Tuesday's championship game of the Matson Invitational.
In 2021, he won the tournament's Big Stick Award. In 2022, he won the Gold Glove Award. And this year he was named Most Valuable Player.
Camacho singled on the first pitch of the game - snapping Juneau's 19-inning hitless streak - scored the first run and pitched 6.1 innings to lead the Road Warriors to a 4-2 victory over the Midnight Suns at Mulcahy Stadium.
The Class of 2023 right-hander struck out nine and allowed only two hits before giving way to reliever Ramon Guzman, who induced a double play to end the game.
With the win, Wasilla won the Matson for a third straight year and improved to 16-0 all-time in the tournament that celebrated its 10th year this season.
Chase Sivulich went 2-for-3 and won the Big Stick Award after batting .583 on 7-of-12 hitting.
Camacho carried a shutout into the sixth inning. In the fourth, he picked off a runner at third with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Camacho became the third straight Wasilla player to earn MVP honors, joining Jaren Venie (2022) and Nolan Murphy (2021).
Juneau came into the game riding a 19-inning hitless and scoreless streak that were both snapped in the first inning.
In the fourth, Wasilla scored three runs on an error, passed ball and wild pitch to take a 4-0 lead.
Juneau starter Garrison Luben struck out 10 over 6.1 innings. He combined with Landon Simonson on a 4-0 no-hitter over Ketchikan in pool play, racked up 16 strikeouts in two starts across 11 innings and was won the tournament's Top Pitcher Award.
Juneau cut the deficit in half in the sixth on RBIs by Porter Nelson and Madden Mendoza to get within 4-2.
In the seventh, pinch-hitter Noah Lewis drew a leadoff walk to bring the tying run to the plate. With one out, pinch-hitter Jeremiah McCormick hit a line drive to the Wasilla first baseman, who initially caught the ball before it popped out of his glove, and Wasilla got Lewis in a rundown to end the game.
Wasilla 4, Juneau 2
Pedro Camacho 6.1IP 2H 2ER 9K
Chase Sivulich 2-3
Ramon Guzman 0.2IP 0H 0R 0K
Garrison Luben 6.1IP 5H 3ER 10K
Porter Nelson 1-3 RBI
Madden Mendoza 0-2 RBI
MVP: Pedro Camacho, Wasilla
Big Stick: Chase Sivulich, Wasilla
Top Pitcher: Garrison Luben, Juneau
Gold Glove: Kasen Ludeman, Juneau