Matson Invitational: Day 2: Wasilla, Ketchikan unbeaten

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Posted by Ronan Klancher | Jul 22, 2022

Matson Invitational

Wasilla 15, West 11

In a game that had 26 runs and 27 hits, Wasilla Post 35 downed West Post 1 in a Matson Invitational title game rematch of 2021, and a state title rematch from 2020. 

The Road Warriors scored at least one run in every inning, including 5 in the bottom of the first. 

Helped out by the steady bat of Pedro Camacho, who doubled and drove in 3, Wasilla had contributions from Jared Venie and Breandan O’Donnell, who had two RBI a piece. 

Venie pitched fantastic in relief, in a game filled with so many runs, he went 3 1/3 innings without allowing one, letting up 1 hit and striking out 6.

Gabe Catternichio led the way out of the leadoff spot for the West side Eagles, going 4-5 with 3RBI. Beckett Stolp also added 3 hits in the effort for Post 1. 

West (8-24)

Beckett Stolp 3-5, 2B, 3R

Gabe Catternichio 4-5 3RBI, 2B

Orion Halliburton 2-4 2RBI

Cyrus Clendaniel 1-3 2RBI, 2B

Wasilla (11-13)

Pedro Camacho 2-4 3RBI, 2B, 2R

Jace Crall 3-4 RBI, BB, 2SB, 3R

Jaren Venie 3.33 IP, 6K, 0ER, 2-3 2RBI

Karsen Spradling 2-4, R, BB

Ketchikan 2, Juneau 0

Colby Hanchey and Johnathan Scobic combined for a complete-game shutout as the Kings advance through the winners bracket in the Matson Invitational. 

No doubt the play of the game, and of the tournament so far, was Hanchey’s diving catch on a Juneau bunt attempt to start a double play in the 6th. 

With no outs and runners at first and second, the Midnight Suns attempted to move the runners into scoring position with a bunt. Being down only two and late in the game, this was a good choice. But Hanchey was ready for it. 

Quick off the mound, Hanchey makes an incredible diving catch by the first base line, then throwing over to Chase Harris at first base to complete the double play. 

The battle of Southeast supremacy was dominated pitching, not just from Ketchikan. 

Pitcher Kai Schmidt and Landon Simonson did their part, allowing one earned run and racking up 8 punch outs. 

An RBI groundout from Ben Phillips and a timely Terik Brown RBI double is all Ketchikan needed. 

The Kings advance to face the Wasilla Road Warriors tomorrow in the winner’s bracket final, with both of the teams with two Matson titles, trying to make it three. 

Ketchikan (8-15)

Terik Brown 3-4 RBI, 2B

Colby Hanchey 4IP, 0ER

Johnathan Scobic 3IP, 0ER

Juneau (14-12)

Kai Schmidt 2-3, BB, SB, 4IP, 6K, 0ER

Olin Rawson 1-3

Landon Simonson 3IP, 1ER

East 10, North Pole 9

The Thunderbirds of Post 34 held off the Post 30 North Pole Wild comeback attempt. After leading 8-1 after the 4th inning, East stayed alive and eliminates the Wild in the 9th annual Matson Invitational. 

East was led by Bryce Erickson on the mound, who pitched 6 1/3 innings, striking out 8. Erickson also had 2 hits along with Andrew Hickman. 

Freshman Blake Yawit went off, reaching base 4 times, starting the game with a leadoff bunt, and ended the game with 3 hits including an RBI triple, scoring Jacob Pruitt which proved to be the game winning run. 

Yawit was also a menace on the base paths, tying an all-time Matson Record with 4 stolen bases. 

North Pole never gave up in the game, once being down 8-1 halfway through the game. Helped out by Jeremiah Forquer’s 4-inning relief performance only allowing 2 runs, North Pole caught up quickly with 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th highlighted by a Dalson Hines 2 RBI double. 

East Post 34 will play Fairbanks Post 11 on Saturday in a loser-out game. 

East (6-25)

Bryce Erickson 6.33 IP, 8K, 2-4, 2B, RBI

Edison Polanco 1-4 3RBI

Blake Yawit 3-4 RBI, Matson Record 4 SB

Andrew Hickman 2-4 RBI, 2B 

North Pole (8-18)

Remy Daravivanh 2-3 

Jeremiah Forquer 4 IP, 2 ER, 5 K

Dalton Hines 1-4 2RBI, 2B