Matson Invitational Day 1: West, Ketchikan, Juneau win

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Posted by Ronan Klancher | Jul 21, 2022

West 13 Fairbanks 3

Makai Baylous and Joey Walker combined for 1 run allowed through 5 innings on the mound and a pair of RBI each, as the Eagles topple the 49ers in the opening round of the 9th Annual Matson Invitational. 

West Anchorage (5-12) brought down the rain in the 6th, plating 8 to put the mercy rule into effect and send the Eagles to the winners bracket in the double-elimination tournament.

The pitching staff from the West-siders was helped out by Orion Halliburton all day at shortstop. Making it look easy, including a great diving catch in the 5th to stymie a 49er potential rally. 

Christopher Luskleet provided most of the offense for Fairbanks (6-23), going 2-4 with 2 RBI. 

Ketchikan 10, North Pole 2

Chase Hanis threw a complete game, allowing 1 earned run, for the Ketchikan Kings as Post 3 was victorious over the North Pole 30 Wild in the opening round at the Matson Invitational. 

Ketchikan (6-15) had 6 different players drive in runs, but none bigger than a 2 RBI double by Terik Brown in the 2nd inning. The Kings later added on 5 runs in the final 2 innings to seal it. 

For North Pole (8-17), they had 11 hits including 2 from each of Jorge Pagan, Ethan Frollo, John Haas and Aiden Graetzsch. 

Juneau 9, East 6

Juneau Post 25 scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to halt the East Thunderbirds upset attempt in the first round of play at the Matson Invitational. 

Porter Nelson had two triples and an RBI to add on to his 3 inning relief on the mound as Juneau (13-11) had a first round scare to the 15 seed Thunderbirds. 

East Post 34 (5-25) had a great day at the plate by the switch hitting power bat or Edison Polanco, who ended with a game-high 3 hits and an RBI. 

Juneau will head the winners bracket in their first time competing in the Matson Invitational since rejoining Alaska Legion Baseball in 2013.