Matson Invitational: Down all season, Bartlett and East are now on the rise after posting Day 2 wins

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 21, 2023

As a consolation tournament, the Matson Invitational isn't a dream destination. But once it starts, the Matson can provide teams a chance to end the season with a bang.

See the Bartlett Golden Bears and East Thunderbirds.

Stuck at the bottom of the league standings all season, they are now on the rise after posting Day 2 wins at Bartlett High School.

Led by the powerful 1-2 punch of slugger Carl Colavecchio and pitcher Nick Brandal, Bartlett beat the AK Wild 6-3.

Colavecchio crushed his first home run of the season in the seventh inning to put the finishing touches on his 3-for-4 night at the plate. He also doubled and finished with three RBIs.

Brandal went the distance, throwing all seven innings and scattering seven hits and zero walks while striking out two. He allowed the Wild to only just one run over the final three frames.

Owen Berry, Nick Cunitz and Andy Rust all had RBIs for Bartlett.

For the AK Wild, Hunter Clements was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jorge Pagan went 2-for-4. Dylan Earl also drove in a run.

East 19, Ketchikan 8
One day after getting no-hit, East broke out for a season-high 19 runs.
The offensive onslaught was keyed by Joge Rodriguez, who was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs. East also got three RBIs from Fredery Carrasco and two apiece from Sage Garsha, Edison Polanco, Eduardo Rodriguez and Yeralvin Ramirez.

Polanco also pitched, striking out seven over four innings before giving way to Dylan Dumas.

The T-birds trailed 5-2 after the first inning and 7-5 through five innings before erupting for 14 runs in the sixth inning. 

Ketchikan's Ben Phillips went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Trevor Sayer was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.  

Matson Invitational
Game 3
East 19, Ketchikan 8

EAST 4-20, 1-1 Pool
Jorge Rodriguez 3-4 4RBI 3R
Fredery Carrasco 2-2 3RBI
Edison Polanco 2-4 2RBI 3R
KET 5-17, 0-1 Pool
Ben Phillips 2-3 2B 2RBI
Trevor Sayer 1-2 2RBI
Jonathan Scobil 0-2 3R

Matson Invitational
Game 4
Bartlett 6, AK Wild 3

BAR (5-20, 1-1 Pool)
Carl Colavecchio 3-4 HR 2B 2RBI 2R
Nick Brandal 7IP 7H 2ER 0BB 2K
Nick Cunitz 1-3 RBI
Andy Rust 1-3 RBI
WILD (10-20, 0-1 Pool)
Hunter Clements 2-3 RBI
Jorge Pagan 2-4 2SB
Kenai Borgen 2-3